464 S. Fifth St., Sebewaing, MI 48759
All new hullers are now equipped with new style recleaner, and belted up as shown here. Recleaner is driven direct from pulley on raddle belt shaft and lower auger or conveyor is chain driven.
The first machine Dad let me run was a No. 9 Birdsell clover huller and it was run with a 30 Hart Parr. The old 30 was a little short on power for the Birdsell and the tractor had to work so hard that the radiator would boil all day long. It would keep me busy carrying water all day.
We ran the 30 for three years and then Dad traded it for a used 18 x 36 Hart Parr. The 18 x 36 was given a complete overhaul after we bought it and we ran it to the end when there was no more thrashing done. We also used the 18 x 36 for corn shredding and my uncle used to say that the old 18 x 36 seemed to be able to see those corn bundles going in the shredder as the governor would open up so quick.
I was pulling the old Birdsell up a steep bank barn one time with a pulley, block and chain, (as the 30 Hart Parr was too light to push the big No. 9 Birdsell up a steep bank barn). About 3/4 of the way up the bank, in front of the barn, the chain broke. The two guys steering the tongue, and another that was supposed to put a big wood block under the wheels, all took off like a big bird when the chain broke! Luck was with me that day! The tongue stayed straight in front of the machine and the machine rolled down the bank and out into a field without tipping over.
I helped Dad put new rasps on the rasp cylinder one time. Boy what a job that was! Small stones would get in the rasp cylinder and chew the rasp up on the rasp cylinder, and rasp concave, when you were thrashing clover, sometimes.
Dad bought the No. 9 Birdsell new in 1928. It was shipped to Sebewaing from the factory in South Bend, Indiana. We unloaded it from a railroad flat car and hauled it home with a team of horses.
The Birdsell was one of the best looking machines we ever had. It reminded me of a Barnum and Bailey circus wagon, with all the different colors and striping including the big, heavy, wide, wood spoked wheels.
The old No. 9 Birdsell had a sad ending. A local antique dealer bought it and also an old hand feed straw-carry grain separator at my Dad and Mother's estate sale. He left them both sit outside his antique store for a few years. Then one day he pushed them side by side and set them on fire! All that was left was the cast iron and steel. A very sad ending for the old No. 9 Birdsell.