Functional Analysis of an Animal-Drawn Reaper-Binder

  • Walter FrancoEmail author
  • Carlo Ferraresi
  • Paolo Giordano
  • Giuseppe Quaglia
Conference paper
Part of the Mechanisms and Machine Science book series (Mechan. Machine Science, volume 73)


The development of horse-drawn reaper-binder helped peasants to speed up grain harvesting operations. In the paper, the mechanical architecture, the mechanical power transmission and the main mechanisms of an old McCormick animal-drawn reaper binder are described. A detailed functional analysis of the various mechanisms of the machine, the finger bar mower, the packer system, the needle actuation system, the knotter and the bundle discharging system, is performed. The in-depth knowledge of these historical solutions, also from a functional point of view, can be the starting point for a modern redesign of new appropriate machines.


History of Mechanism and Machine Animal Power Animal Traction Appropriate Machines 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Mechanical and Aerospace EngineeringPolitecnico di TorinoTorinoItaly

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