Buckley Old Engine Show Trivia Contest
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The following is the next trivia question along with the prior question’s answer, history, and the winner information!!
What tractor make was the first to have an 8 cylinder engine?
The second person to email the correct answers to [email protected]
Who invented the first usable threshing machine?
Answer: Andrew Meikle
History: Andrew Meikle was born in Scotland in 1719. He was a millwright and agricultural engineer. Meikle gets credit for inventing the first usable threshing machine.
Throughout history, grain had been separated by a highly laborious manual process involving flails. A flail is a threshing tool that consists of a wooden staff with a short heavy stick swinging from it. It was used to beat the grain from the chaff and straw. The flails were swung by hand. Mechanical threshing arrived well before the mechanical reaper. A Scotsmen named Michael Menzies used a water wheel to power a set of flails in the mid-1700s, and another Scotsmen developed the first rotary cylinder shortly after. But it was yet another Scotsman, Andrew Meikle, who developed the concept even further with a machine that included a rotary cylinder and a mechanism that we now call a “straw walker”, a device to move the straw out of the thresher creating the first practical threshing machine. Andrew Meikle patented his threshing machine in 1788. These mechanical threshers made a big impression on the farming communities of the British Isles. Farm laborers rose up in protest against the machines that were depriving them of gainful employment. Many owners of the new machines were threatened with violence if they did not destroy the machines. Even so, an effective threshing machine opened the way for the agricultural revolution that followed.
Congratulations to Bill Ehrlich of Cass City, MI who won a 2021 Buckley calendar for being the ninth person to correctly answer the August 2020 Buckley trivia contest question.
***Trivia Contest Rules***
Each contest announcement will provide the contest details which will include:
- tractor and engine history related question,
- number of correct answer required to win (e.g. the 5th correct answer), and
- contest instructions
To enter contestants must email their correct answer, along with their name and city and state of residence to [email protected].
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