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Happened upon this while doing some research and it blew me away. I though many people might find this helpful. It's a foot powered wheat thresher and seems to be made in the USA.

http://www.backtotheland.com/html/wheat_thrasher.html
 
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That looks like a pretty simple machine for the small grower. I assume that they switch sides regularly, and work the opposite leg. A wheelbarrow full of prepared bundles, could serve a one person operation.

The people appear to be Amish,  but usually they don't want to be photographed or filmed.

The narrator sucked.
 
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Yeah, that's pretty cool. I also think it would not take as many people to run it as they had there - but they probably like to get the kids involved so as to develop a work ethic and be skilled.

Sounds like it had a bearing problem, but nothing that could be fixed (or maybe just cleaned & greased).

I'll have to search online to see if I can locate sales outlets. I'm not in the market for one of those just now, but it'd be interesting to know how much it sells for.
 
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Thanks, Cynthia. It's a bit pricey at $899.(U.S.)

Oh, and by the way, a typo in my post above: I posted "Sounds like it had a bearing problem, but nothing that could be fixed (or maybe just cleaned & greased)." But my opinion was that it was nothing that 'could not' be fixed.
 
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