What is this piece of machinery?

It looks like some kind of grinder - but for grinding what?

4 February 2011

I’m not sure what the ground hog said this year but I know the days are growing longer and we’re sliding inexorably toward spring. That’s nice.

I wrote in my Barefootin’ column this week about snow geese and eagles and other groovy stuff.  I also mentioned an unusual piece of equipment apparently abandoned near the head of the Salt Marsh Spur Trail near the west end of the campground.  The machine looks like it was belt-driven and has metal spikes inside aligned to cross in opposite directions as if set up as a crusher of some sort.  The timber frame of the machine is also notable for its heft and stallwortiness.

If you know the origin of the machine or have any ideas what it was built to accomplish please comment at the bottom of this blog, give me a call at 645-7700 extension 303, or put pen to paper and feel the satisfaction of watching words flow from your brain onto paper.

C’mon spring.

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4 Responses to “What is this piece of machinery?”

  1. Harry Skelton Says:

    The machine appears to be a threshing machine, possibly late 1800’s early 1900’s. May be “newer” model for folks still far from the industrialized areas. Usually it is part of a cart system with a feeder over the top, fall area below, and the chaff out one of the sides. This one appears to be belt driven, so possibly a 1900’s vintage. As it seems small and has no wheels, it could be part of a larger machine, or simply a small unit for the home.

  2. Frank Young Says:

    Back in the 1940’s a local group used to raise and train porcupines for pets. The machine you see here is a porcupine grooming machine.

  3. steve huse Says:

    It’s a corn sheller. It was used to separate the corn cobs from the kernals. Look it up on wikipedia.

  4. Harry Skelton (@skeltonh) Says:

    It does have some likeness to the old corn sheller’s but it lacks a few things for that. First is the side discharge chute for the cob. Second, the prongs are too long for corn shelling. The feeder chute is wide on this one where on corn sheller’s they are narrow.

    I’ve worked with the more modern versions, with modern being the hand crank versions, and the belt driven versions. Even saw a few harvesters with ones built in. None with big teeth like this one.

    While there are a lot of likenesses between thrashers and sheller machines, I don’t see where this one does corn.

    And Wikipedia has no direct reference to corn sheller’s. Not when I typed in ‘corn sheller’.

    Then again, like everything else on the net, I could be wrong.

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