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Threshing Machine Deer Stand
David Mackenthun bought an old McCormick Deering pull-type threshing machine at an auction for $25 and then converted the old steel-wheeled harvester into a mobile deer stand.
    “It makes a great deer stand, and I spent almost nothing on it,” says Mackenthun. “I can move it where I want and, thanks to a heater inside, it’s always warm. The windows lift out of the way to shoot.”
    Mackenthun stripped away everything except the thresher’s body and then built a 5-ft. long roofed stand inside. He bolted a pair of 3-in. angle irons on the floor from front to back and screwed 2 by 6’s across them to form the floor. The stand bolts to the floor and also to the thresher’s body. He installed a door on back of the body and added a pair of homemade metal steps.
    He added a carpet and insulated the top and sides. The back window flips up and is off an old camper. The flipped-up window attaches to the rafters with a small metal bracket.
    “It’s very comfortable inside. A small LP heater keeps me warm no matter what the weather,” says Mackenthun. “The stand is fitted with side windows that open up and hook onto the stand’s rafters, and the end windows also flip out. I also keep a wheeled office chair inside.
    “I store the LP heater on front of the thresher as well as a big pickup bed toolbox that I cut in half to store my sleeping bag.”
    Mackenthun says he sold all the cast iron metal that he stripped away from the thresher for $80. “My total cost to build the deer stand was about zero,” he notes.
    Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, David Mackenthun, 33068 Wannigan Rd., Frazee, Minn. 56544 (ph 218 334-5661).

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2015 - Volume #39, Issue #5