7 Agricultural Firsts

First Combine

First Combine

In 1835, Hiram Moore, an American inventor from Michigan, built and patented the first combine harvester that could reap, thresh and winnow (blow air through grain to remove the chaff).

The combine was 17-feet (5.2-metres) long and had a cut width of 15 feet (4.8 metres). Operators needed 20 horses to pull the equipment through a field.

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