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Shock Compressors

Shock compressors were used to compress shocks of grain or corn. Once compressed, a band of grain or twine was tied around the shock and the compressor released and carried to the next shock. Many such devices were invented, some using a lever action, others a ratchet mechanism, and others a simple hand crank. Below are three examples of this type.

Smith's shock binder A crank type shock compressor patented by Alta Smith, of Richmond, Virginia, in 1907............................$45 plus UPS

Crank type shock compressor made entirely of wood....$75 plus UPS sold

A large crank type corn shock compressor.......$125 plus UPS sold

close up of the above showing the turned wood block and the iron retaining rod, which is plunged into the shock to prevent unwinding after tension is applied.

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