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McCormick Deering Thresher - Boundary Museum - Grand Forks, BC
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member BK-Hunters
N 49° 01.148 W 118° 30.453
11U E 389777 N 5430677
Quick Description: This thresher is on display at the Boundary Museum just west and north of Grand Forks, BC.
Location: British Columbia, Canada
Date Posted: 11/30/2012 1:39:53 PM
Waymark Code: WMFTTC
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member graylling
Views: 1

Long Description:
Threshers, AKA separators, were the mainstay grain harvesting machines until the advent of the combine in the late 40s and early 50s. Requiring a large labour force to do the cutting, bundling, stuking, hauling and grain sacking, threshers usually moved from farm to farm through the harvesting season doing custom threshing. A minority of farmers actually owned a thresher. Once the design of the thresher was perfected in the early 1900s, they changed only cosmetically and in the materials used in their construction until the end of production.

Powered by a tractor - steam, gasoline or, later, diesel - they were connected to the tractor by a long (100 feet or more, round trip) flat fabric belt that was prone to breaking or flying off the pulley at one end or the other, causing a complete shut-down of operations and the air to become blue with the profanities and maledictions hurled at "That Damned Belt".
Use or Purpose of Equipment: Grain Thresher or Separator

Approximate age: 80 years

Manufacturer and model: International Harvester (McCormick-Deering was only their sales arm).

Still in Use?: No

Location:
This thresher is located in the back of the machinery display section at the north west corner the museum, aside a John Deere Model 25 combine. The museum itself is about 1 mile north on Reservoir Road, which runs north off Highway 3 at the extreme western edge of Grand Forks.


Fee for Access: no

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