1940s Style Oats Harvesting With IHC Grain Binder & Farmall B Tractor


The wet spring in north Texas helped produce one of the best oat crops boiler inspector and struggling farmer friend JJ ever produced or at least as long as I've known him. I cannot say what was done when the property was in his grandfather's hands, but non the less it is impressive. JJ a student of the past and, to some, an old soul, is not one do do things conventionally. The post World War 2 1940s was probably the last stand for harvesting grain by the use of a grain binder. The binder, a direct descendant of the McCormick Reaper made the harvesting faster when compared to cutting by hand. The resulting bundles were convenient for feeding into a threshing machine or separator. This video demonstrates a 1940s Farmall Model B tractor pulling a later model IHC ground drive binder incorporating McCormick & Deering design features . The binder is on original factory rubber tires and is thought to be one of the last produced by International Harvester Company's Hamilton, Ontario Canada factory. With ground power, the binder could be fitted with a longer tongue and appropriate rigging and pulled with horses or mules. Given its age and possessing elements you might find on a sewing machine, the binder proved problematic to keep running smoothly.

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