WIND STACKER STORY
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H. N. FULLENWIDER, Waveland, Indiana
I see in the July-August issue where Al Davis in his letter stated he hauled water for a Reeves double 30 hp. and it took 6 tanks one day and 7 the next and it was a 14 barrel tank. That sure was a lot of water. The engineer must have poured it in at the top and let it out at the bottom. In 1914 I run a 16 hp. Advance and 36x58 Aultman thresher with feeder and weightier and a Sattley swinging stacker and I only used 3 tanks of water one day and four the next and they were only 10 barrel tanks, With my 16 hp. Advance and 32 in. Advance thresher, I only used 2 tanks one day and 3 tanks the next and they were 10 barrel tanks at that.
I also disagree with LeRoy Blaker and agree with Edward Hutsel of Mexico, Missouri about the Marsh reverse. I see no point of hooking up the reverse because if you use it a lot hooked up it will wear through and when you want it out full length it is uneven.
In 1890 my Dad, P. S. Swanson bought two Minneapolis steam threshing machines fired with straw. One man fed the grain into the machine, one band cutter on each side of him. One man with two half-bushel measurers kept tally of the number of bushels. All the grain was put into sacks. The machine had straw carriers to elevate the straw. I was fireman with one of these steam engines when I was 13 years old. We put in 90 days threshing. Had to get up at 4 o'clock in the morning. Now I am 81 years old. Picture was taken Dec. 8, 1891, on the P. G. swanson farm, Brookfield Township, McCook County South Dakota.
I had four engines with the Marsh reverse, two 16 hp. and a 19 hp. Compound Advance and one 18 hp. A. R. The 16 hp's. were Advances, the exhaust sharp and quick. I know I would not trade the Marsh for a lot of others I have used. I have run engines in five different states, and was eight years in North Dakota and run some large engines there, have had 3 full rigs and 5 engines in all. besides corn shredders, and filling silos and hulling clover, saw-milling and moving buildings, all with STEAM and I know what it is to get into a deep mud hole or to pull through sand, but I always made it.
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