Mechanical Reaper

By: Amanda Russell Period 4

Who- Cyrus McCormick

He invented the Mechanical Reaper

How does the invention work?

Mechanical reaper performed the cutting, but it required that laborers follow the machine in the field to bind the sheaves of grain. After binding, the grain had to be loaded onto wagons and delivered to stationary threshing machines, which separated the grain kernels from the rest of the plant. Binding had to be completed before the reaper could turn around to start a new row.


The purpose of the mechanical reaper was to...

It was to help enabled farmers to harvest more than 10 acres (4 hectares) of grain per day.

Where did this invention occur...

Virginia

When did the invention occur....

It was invented in 1831.

Why was there a need for this invention....

Farmers in the early 19th century, harvesting required a large number of laborers, and if they could be found, the cost of hiring them was high. When the reaper was tested on a neighbor’s farm in 1831, it offered the hope that the yield of the farmer’s fields would soon not be limited to the amount of labor available.

Why is this inventions important in history....

It was the first sucessful reaper that worked and helped farmers

Bibliography

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"McCormick, Cyrus Hall." World Book Advanced. World Book, 2014. Web. 3 Feb. 2014.

Cyrus McCormick. Photograph. Encyclopædia Britannica ImageQuest. Web. 3 Feb 2014. http://quest.eb.com/images/127_1584720

Cyrus McCormick's Reaping Machine (America, 1831), The First Mechanical Reaper To Be Generally Adopted. Engraving 1862. Photography. Encyclopædia Britannica ImageQuest. Web. 4 Feb 2014. http://quest.eb.com/images/300_2286529

"Combine harvester." World of Invention. Ed. Kimberley A. McGrath and Bridget Travers. Online ed. Detroit: Thomson Gale, 2006. Student Resource Center - Junior. Gale. SC LEE JR HIGH SCHOOL. 4 Feb. 2014 <http://find.galegroup.com/srcx/infomark.do?&source=gale&srcprod=SRCJ&userGroupName=copp00443&prodId=SRC-4&tabID=T001&docId=EJ1647500188&type=retrieve&contentSet=GSRC&version=1.0>.