The Mechanical Reaper
The first mechanical scythe!
The Most Useful Wheat Harvester of the 19th Century.
The Mechanical Reaper was horse drawn and replaced the need for manual harvest as it was fast and easy to use.
The Reaper's Impact
The Mechanical Reaper was inspired by Eli Whitney's cotton gin. It was invented to speed up the harvest of a variety of small crops. It replaced manual scythes and sickles and led to the mass harvest of wheat, as well as the production of advanced harvesting machines.