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One-Man “Grain Stooking Horse”
David Reid, an 86-year-old farmer from Chilliwack, B.C., recently sent us photos of a simple invention he built for a way of farming that disappeared a long time ago. It’s a one-man “grain stooking horse”.
  A stook, also referred to as a shock, is a circular arrangement of cut grain stalks placed on the ground in a field. Typically, sheaves of grain such as wheat, barley, or oats are “stooked” so they’re ready for threshing.
  “If you’ve ever stooked a field of grain that was cut with a grain binder, and it had its fair share of thistles in it, you’d treasure my invention,” says Reid. “It’s easy on your back, prevents thistle slivers, and saves walking time. I take it to antique tractor shows where they have field demonstrations and thresh grain the old way.
  “The idea idea came to me some years ago when we used forks for stooking, to keep the thistles away from our bodies. There always had to be 2 people involved, working together. It was often difficult to find the second person, so I designed this device.”
  The stooking horse is made from 1-in. sq. tubing and has a 5 1/2-ft. long main beam that’s equipped with A-frame legs and a handle on one end, and a 21-in. long, single hinged leg on the other end. All the legs are adjustable, allowing the main beam to be positioned 24 to 30 in. off the ground.
  Reid makes an 8-sheave stook, with 4 sheaves on each side. To begin stooking a field of grain, he sets the stooking horse in the track of the grain binder’s bull wheel and travels in the opposite direction that the binder traveled, bringing in 2 rows of sheaves from each side.
  Using a fork, he places the first 2 sheaves against the main beam at the A-frame end, sloping them slightly toward the single-leg end. Then he goes to the opposite side of the stooking horse and places 4 sheaves against the beam. He finishes the stook by going back to the other side and placing 2 more sheaves there. Then he grabs the handle and pulls the unit out from under the stook. The single hinged leg automatically collapses and the unit slides out from under the stook, without disturbing any of the sheaves.
  “The single leg hinges on a 1/4-in. bolt, which allows it to collapse as the stooker is pulled,” says Reid. “I can adjust the height of the legs, depending on the height of the sheaves, by removing a bolt and moving it up or down in one of the bolt holes provided.
  “It weighs about 11 lbs. If I built another one I’d make it out of aluminum so it would be even lighter to carry around.”
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, David Reid, 44850 Luckakuck Way, Chilliwack, B.C., Canada V2R 1L4 (ph 604 858-8329).

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2014 - Volume #38, Issue #5