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When we look at the powerful self-propelled, sixteen-row farm combines that supply most of us with fresh crops today, we often forget that less than 80 years ago folks were using rigs like this one.

This old school monster could churn up five rows and was made to be pulled by a tractor via the hitch on the far side.  I dig machines like this because they look like half locomotive and half grain wagon — very cool.  BBQ places here in Texas find farm equipment like this one – though not in as good a shape – to put out in front of their restaurants to add ambiance.  I always think to myself, “what a shame.”

 

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