Posted 9/3/2020 18:38 (#8474565 - in reply to #8473265) Subject: RE: Update on 'old seed drill'.
North East Wimmera district of Victoria.
When did 'drills' become combines? - I have absolutely no idea!
What I helped my Dad with in 1956 [a very wet year] was a combine! I drove our little "C" model Case, and Dad worked the levers which were pointing to the rear, as in when a team of horses was pulling the combine. Did not get bogged quite as often with two of us!
I have had a Sthn illinois farming mate for over 20 years, he's been out here to Aussy in 2002, and we spent a week with him when in the US in 2012.
We had lots of fun sorting headers and combines! Also double cropping! Too much rain - his average is 36"/year Vs. not enough - ours was 14"/yr, but seems to be less than that these days.
As you know, I had a 'header' onto which I attached a 'front' or 'comb' [even if it was 'open'!] to go 'harvest' not 'reap' ! I transported the front on a "comb trailer" - but I know [and have seen] you guys driving on a road with a 30ft 'header' on your 'combine'!
Though South Australians [I'm Victorian] will speak of 'reaping' their crops.