Post by Joseph Lofthouse on Dec 16, 2011 18:07:53 GMT -5
I acquired these so long ago that even if my memory was accurate the dollar has depreciated so much that the figure wouldn't mean anything today. But I'd have been very unlikely to buy anything like that if the cost was over $20.
Silt/clay, high-altitude, super-arid, sun-drenched, irrigated-desert garden. Cold radiant-cooled nights. ~100 frost free days. Grow most of my own locally adapted landrace seed. GDD10C ~1300. Author of Mother Earth News: Landrace Gardening Blog.
Bought a roll of plastic with bumps on it, designed to put in drawers to stop things slipping. I put my barley heads on it, folded a piece over and rubbed. Barley seeds popped out clean as a whistle. Still had to winnow. It was this that prompted me to buy the plastic www.youtube.com/watch?v=pylmEzZ4goA I'll use it to make a paddle like the one shown. Should work a treat for smallish quantities. I wouldn't want to do a field this way though.
Ray Silty loam over clay, pH 5.5, altitude 1000m, latitude 30deg south, 150 frost free days.
Having grown a lot of "backyard" scale wheat, I have to say I'm not really impressed with this machine. Especially at that price point BEFORE shipping.
This machine is basically a direct copy of a pedal rice thresher and accomplishes the same thing. It knocks the heads off the straw. What it doesn't do is break up the spikelets to get the grain out of them. That's why you see the kid with the stick pounding all the unthreshed grain in a bucket. And for them to be getting the quantity of grain threshed that they actually are with this thing that wheat must be crazy bone dry. Those are actually not consistently achievable conditions at wheat harvest time, at least on the east coast.
Threshing machines are actually an extremely mature technology. I am frustrated to see these modern designs that are basically attempts to reinvent the threshing machine without using its most functional part which is the concave. A beater without a concave is like a bike with no pedals. It will get you someplace but you're not going to get home for supper.