I sowed 2.5 acres of various wheats last Fall, Fukuoka style. No tillage, no fertilizer, no weeding, no chemicals. The khorasan species did the best, the experiment really went lovely.
I am looking to buy a threshing machine like the famous foot-powered one, except I want it to plug into the wall instead, so that I can do large quantities. There are myriads of them on alibaba but i only want one, and I can find them shipped from China, for $400 for machine an $400 for shipping. Maybe I juust have to do that.
I would seriously recommend you build something. Right now I'm using an old power drill, a 5 gallon pail, and a shaft with two short lengths of chain (total cost under $10). It's perfect for small quantities but a few acres you're gonna need something bigger.
You can probably buy a used 1/3 Hp electric motor for $20 like the ones they use in forced air furnace systems. Depending on how handy you are, that should be plenty of power to drive a threshing wheel.
Location: Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada
posted 2 years ago
Peter VanDerWal wrote:Probably be a whole lot cheaper to build one yourself. Plus, if you build it yourself, you will, most likely, be able to repair it yourself.