Threshing Seed Crops

by Rob Johnston

It the crop is small, we often use a homemade Hail. For larger crops, we use a Universal Thresher made in Japan by CeCoCo (Central Commercial Company), P.O. Box 8, lbaraki City, Osaka Pref. 567 Japan. While it is not built as ruggedly as a comparable domestically made machine, it gets the job done satisfactorily and costs a great deal less.

If you don't want to spend $1,000 for a thresher, which is what we paid for ours in 1974, the old models which still exist in this country are worthwhile, if they are in decent condition. In our area, the cost is between $200 and $500. These are usually large machines, powered by a gasoline motor or tractor power take-off with a flat belt. It is possible, however, to mount wheels on an old

Hand Powered Thresher

thresher so the machine can be towed into the field for on-the-spot threshing. On the other hand, our CeCoCo thresher is small, weighing about 250 pounds, and can be carried short distances by two determined people. We went to a small bother of putting removable (bolted) wheels on one end, which aid in towing. This portable nature is a real plus for the Japanese machine.

The new American-made threshers are rather small units usually trailer-mounted and designed to thresh experimental plots in breeding and testing projects.

Catalogs which list such equipment include:

Seedburo Equipment Co. 1022 West Jackson Blvd. Chicago, 1L 60607

Burrows Equipment Co. 1316 Sherman Ave. Evanston, IL 60204

NASCO Ft, Atkinson WI 53538

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