UPDATE!!! We are happy and sad to announce that our 1934 John Deere Combine has found a new home. In late 2017, we gave the combine to the White River Valley Antique Association in Elnora, Indiana, where it will have its own barn and will be used in farming demonstrations. If you have a chance, go visit it and see it in action! Elnora is about 2 hours SW of Indianapolis on I69. The White River Valley Antique Association will be having a fantastic show September 6-9, 2018, at the Daviess County Fairgrounds in Elnora where you can see all sorts of antique equipment as well as "our" combine in a live demo harvesting beans. It will be a great time for everyone!

We found a great deal on a 1967 International 303 combine and purchased it in 2016. It came from Burnettsville, Indiana and has not seen a drop since 1980s. Below are some pictures of the combine in action this fall.

In 2007, our club bought a 1934 or 1935 John Deere 5A combine from the Norb Snyder estate. He was the original owner of the combine but it had been parked in his barn for the last 50 years. It is a "changeover" combine--consisting of some parts from the John Deere model 5 combine and some parts of the 5A. It was capable of harvesting 4 acres per hour at 3mph with a 12' head. Usually, a 15-18 hp tractor would pull it. The club has spent a lot of time getting the combine back into working condition, although it ran after only a couple of hours' work. So far, the club has replaced the tires and canvas, made a new venturi for the carburator, worked on the head, cleaned the points and magneto, and made various brackets, shafts and sheetmetal parts.

More information about the combines: the No. 5 combine replaced the No.1 in 1929 and was updated to the No. 5A in 1934. It retained the 30 inch wide separator, 50 bushel grain tank and three straw walkers. The price for a 5A in 1934 was $1600. The 26 horsepower Lycoming engine was said to have "liberal power." The head could be removed and towed from the back of the No.5 for transport. This feature added another $30 to the cost of the combine. The No.6 was introduced in 1936 as Deere's newest small farm combine. It had a six foot cut and cross mounted separator as was popular with other small combines at the time. Buyers rejected it in droves and it was soon discontinued.

Here are some pictures showing restoration work done on the combine.

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More work on the head and attaching it to the combine.

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