Model of Smith's Reaping Machine

1:6 scale model of James Smith's 1813 reaping machine, Deanston, Scotland

This is a model of the reaping machine invented by James Smith of Deanston in 1813: the cutting action of corn per hour during which time it would be necessary to sharpen the fast rotating cutter about four times. The cut corn fell against the drum which surmounted the a knife, and was swept round an fell into an even line at the side.

The machine's chief defects were that it was unwieldy, especially for cornering, and that on uneven land, if the front wheels dropped into moderate hollow the cutter would be blunted by the next ridge.

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Agricultural Engineering
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copper (alloy), steel (metal), textile and wood (unidentified)
Speelman, W.

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