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I just found this IHC corn sheller. I have never seen one like it. I think it was made after the pony and keystone sheller's but before the all steel sheller. Can anyone shed some light as to the possible date of mfg? I was thinking late teens early twenties. Thanks.
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I always thought that the wooden shellers were manufactured by Keystone FOR IHC. According to some information online, IHC purchased Keystone in 1905. I have the IHC Master Parts Catalog for the corn shellers, and it lists the steel units as being built from 1912-1949, but I would have thought the same as you....that the wooden ones were available on into the 1920's. Perhaps IHC was still carrying the wooden units as a lower cost version at the same time as they were marketing their steel units? Kinda like a transitional period? Just a guess.
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Thanks Jebaroni, this is the only picture I can find online of this sheller. Apparently it was made by keystone. IHC must have dropped the Keystone name after they purchased the company.


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Check this out. This is from a "Pony" Corn sheller. Judging by the decal, it appears to be after the acquisition. My assumption is that the "Keystone Works" in Sterling is the same as Keystone Manufacturing's factory in Rock Falls.
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I will have access to my literature this weekend when I'm home from school. I believe these might have bridged the gap in between The 1 hole Keystone wood models and the all steel 1 holes. if you notice the two later have a few identical parts. I've seen a few of these for sale and regret not buying any of them. I did however purchase a 2 hole wood IH sheller this week.
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Tim, you got too much money and storage space my friend!!!! Great that you are able to preserve these awesome machines!

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I think I have a date narrowed down to around 1919-1925. According to this site IHC purchased Keystone in 1905 and changed the name in 1919. This would make sense because the United States vs. International Harvester company anti-trust lawsuit and subsequent sale of Osborne, Milwaukee and Champion was in 1918.

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Tim, you got too much money and storage space my friend!!!! Great that you are able to preserve these awesome machines!

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Thanks Jeb. I appreciate the compliments. I'd love these older wooden shellers. Hard to find in good shape. Unfortunately I still live at home and my space is running out!

Here's a picture not a good one but I'll try and get more.
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Here is the finished pictures. I cleaned it with soap and water, then applied linseed oil. I had to replace the tin under the hopper. I cut it out of new steel and am slowly rusting it with some water/salt. I also had to track down an all steel sheller to donate the missing fan pulleys.
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looks good. I'm curious to see how the wood will look after 5 or so years. I personally have had it turn black on me after awhile. It looks good now though!!
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Tim, i'm not sure what you used to make it turn black? I have used a mix of half linseed and half mineral spirits on all of my original equipment for 20+ years. I usually give them a coat every couple of years. If they turned black I would have quit using it a long time ago!! I have several original wood tub washing machines that I use this mixture on with great results. I have used strait linseed oil and it works but can remain sticky for a long time. I found cutting it with mineral spirits works better for this use.
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Nicely done, Turbo ! Good catch on the IHC / Keystone sheller, and thanks for sharing.
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I've seen it happen. It's something to do with UV light changing properties. If it doesn't stay outside you'll probably be fine. Each to there own. It's staying away from my shellers.
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