On Tue, 10 Aug 1999, Andy Clark wrote:
> Subject: FW: small scale grain thresher?
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> Subject: small scale grain thresher?
> I'm with the Bioregional Conservancy and Reclamation Trust in central
> Maine. We are developing an intergated sustainable model farm system with
> eventual related cottage industries, ie bakery. I am looking for threshing
> equipment suitable for small acreage, and have a few acres of winter rye to
> harvest right now. Do you know of such, even stationary units, even human
> powered? Do you know of plans for same? What is used in 3rd world
> countries to mechanically thresh grains? We have many small fields, 15-20
> acres that need to be better used or they will grow back to woods. Help if
Maybe others can post their responses here so we can all benefit.
In this book:
"Food and Life"
by Gerald Ames & Rose Wyler
"Creative Science Series"
Pub. 1966 by Creative Educational Society, Inc.
in cooperation with the Museum of Natural History, NYC
Library of Congress card number: 65-27828
On page 81 is a photograph of a threshing machine (shown threshing rice)
Caption: "Threshing rice by machine at a research center in the
Preceeding page: " ... In the Phillipines, special threshing machines are
being tried out with the help of the Rockefeller and Ford Foundations
The machine depicted seems the ideal thresher for a small farm. Dimensions
might be 28-30" wide X 52" long X 90" tall. It is manually fed through a
hopper at the top; chaff goes out through aduct in fromt, cant's make out
where grain exits. It is operated in stationary position, is mounted on
two wheels under frame with trailer tongue & hitch (can see this in
I'll bet some of these are still around on farms or research stations.
Newer models are probably pricey, if available.
I have a fine roller mill for pulverizing grain for livestock feed,
its a "Feedlot" brand made by Roskamp Mfg. Co., Cedar Falls, Iowa.
Very heavily built, easy to adjust fineness of grind and is powered by a
1-2 hp electric motor.
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