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McCormick-Deering Thresher Going Strong
If Alan McLean were to name his "best buy", it would undoubtedly be the 1948 McCormick-Deering thresher he uses every year to thresh grain.
Since McLean's father and four other farmers purchased the machine together in 1948 for $800, it's been used every year to thresh about 15,000 bu. of oats, barley, wheat and sometimes peas. The long life has been accomplished by giving it a lot of TLM (Tender Loving Maintenance) which has kept repairs to virtually nothing.
"It still has the original drive belts," says McLean of Blind River, Ontario. "The only thing we ever replaced were a few of the iron teeth on the concave. That was in 1950, as I recall."
McLean, who powers the thresher with a 1957 Super W4 International tractor, says he figures parts for the thresher would be hard to find if he ever needs them. But he doesn't think he'll need them for a while, at least.
"It runs like a top," he says. "I couldn't be more impressed."
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Alan McLean, Box 45, Blind River, Ontario, Canada P0R 1B0 (ph 705 356-7336).

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1996 - Volume #20, Issue #1