The silage wagon in the background would not be from the era of the blower. It was used for the demo because the show grounds did not have a silo. In practice, that short "silver" pipe would be long enough to go up the entire side of a silo. Of course, back then, judging from the old silos you can still sometimes find in the country side, silos were only 20 or 30 feet high.
When the guys at the show mentioned this was a chopper as well as blower and that the corn was brought from the field in bundles, I took a closer look. In the 1800s, a corn bundler would be pulled by a team of horses. (You Tube offered several other horse drawn corn binder videos: 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5. (I haven't watched them all.)) Note that the binder is powered by the wheels.
McCormick Deering Corn Binder with team of Percherons
|Chicago & North Western Historical Society posted|
It's the fall season, thus this photo. The back of the photo says "Southbound Twin Cities-Chicago train #508, the "Viking," near Lodi, Wisconsin. March 16, 1957." The photographer was William D. Middleton. It is held at the archives of the Chicago and North Western Historical Society.
JI Case, Illinois Thresher, and others) The steel wheels also indicate this is old equipment. Since no one else was around this piece of equipment, I asked of they would raise the cover so that I could see the "guts."
One of the men I was talking to said that modern hybrid corn plants have become so tall, and I assume so strong, that now someone has to ride on the rear of the binder to help shove the corn over.
The pictured PTO-powered corn binder looks a lot more modern than I thought corn binders would be. I had assumed that soon after they developed PTO driven implements, they would have switch to the newer design of putting the fan blades on the pull implement and chopping into a silage wagon. But to switch, a farmer would have to buy the forage wagons as well. So maybe they continued to build corn binders into the PTO era to save farmers the cost of converting all of their equipment.
Jim Schwartz posted
Had to get the picker out and I forgot how nice this chopper looks.[Note that there are about a half-dozen fan belts to transfer the power from the PTO shaft to the fan shaft.]
A video that shows binding the corn, putting the corn on wagons, hauling the corn, and unloading the corn onto the chopper+blower. It looks like the silos are made with big bricks.
Diana Makinen My dad lost his pointer finger in one of those. [It struck me that the guy shoving the corn into the chopper had to be very careful.]
A video that shows a leaf of hay being blown out of an unconnected blower. You can hear the tractor slow down when it has to chew up a leaf. Normally chopped haylage would be dumped in a continuous stream and the tractor would not bog down.