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Pic-Rare 1954 Gleaner "T" SP Combine

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#1 1206SWMO


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Posted 09 July 2006 - 03:08 PM


Here is a very rare 1954 Model T-3 Gleaner SP combine that I hauled home last winter on a very cold snowy Saturday morning..Bought it off a small part time farmer at the edge of Pittsburg,KS.It was used on 64 acres up until 10 years ago when it was replaced by a 4400 JD.It has always been shedded.I'm the 3rd owner.

The Gleaner T was built in 1954 only in two sizes.

T-2 7 ft
T-3 10 ft

It was powered by a 172 Cube Ford 172 OHV engine.The engine on mine is stuck and has anti-freeze in 1 cylinder.


I'm lucky enough to have original sales literature for it plus the operators manual.


Here is a picture of it the day I bought it.I was having camera trouble so the pictures are pretty big.The owner was tickled that a collector was getting it and sold it to me cheaper than scrap price.

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Posted 09 July 2006 - 03:10 PM

Blaine, instead of a plow day, you could have a "combine day"! :D Just have people come down and run all your combines!! :D

Nice looking little machine. Never knew they built one like that. Got to be a good one, I see it was made the same year I was! :lol:

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Posted 09 July 2006 - 03:22 PM

That is a good little Gleaner you have there. Just like Jere said, never knew thay made such a machine. Do you run it much?
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Posted 09 July 2006 - 03:55 PM

J.D. and 5288,
Not alot of people ever knew they made a Model T Gleaner since it was built in 1954 only.About 10 years ago I had a custom cutter visit me that collects toys (we made a toy trade) and he has run Gleaners all his life.He didnt believe they made a Gleaner T until I showed him the original sales lit.I just went and took a picture of it and added it to the original post.

Back in the 1960's a neighbor 5 miles SW had a Gleaner T that he used on 40 acres.Its long gone.A Gleaner T minus the engine sold at Hansens sale at Chanute,KS earlier this year.

I havent ran mine yet as the engine is stuck from a leaking head gasket.Its the same engine that 800-900 Ford tractors use.

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Posted 10 July 2006 - 04:13 AM

That "T" is pre-AC right Blaine? Just simply Baldwin designed and built? Funny how after thirty one more years that basic machine was just modernized and bigger rolling off the same line. I think the Baldwin brothers had a great design.
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Posted 10 July 2006 - 05:38 AM

Thats a neat little SP machine. I too had never heard of that model.
I got to tour the Gleaner plant in KC Mo back in 1964 when I was at the national FFA convention. Quite a treat for this old country boy. Our first SP machine was a well used Gleaner A'.

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Posted 10 July 2006 - 08:06 AM

RJ my grandpa had an A Gleaner. He had the walker arm pickup for dry beans and a 10' platform. I have no idea how he could stand operating it, after having run my 9400 with all the goodies in the cab, just getting out of the cab during wheat harvest kills me. Between the dust and chaff, the heat is like the straw that breaks the camels back. I'm spoiled I guess.
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Posted 10 July 2006 - 08:19 AM

That "T" is pre-AC right Blaine? Just simply Baldwin designed and built? Funny how after thirty one more years that basic machine was just modernized and bigger rolling off the same line. I think the Baldwin brothers had a great design.

Yes,the "T" was an all Baldwin designed combine.I think AC bought Gleaner out in around 1956-57.They sure kept that design for many years.

Now,I'm hunting a real early "A" Gleaner.I know where ones at that has a flathead Ford 6 cyl engine but they still use it in fescue and wont sell it.The "A' came out in around 1951.

The early A's used a 226 flathead 6 Ford,then a 236 flathead 6 Hercules,and finally when AC took them over a OHV Buda 230 6 cyl.

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Posted 10 July 2006 - 10:53 AM

I have the excellant book "Allis Chalmers Farm Equipement" by Norm Swinford (get it on Amazon)

[ Note that there used to be another Gleaner model T, pull-type, in the 1930's. ]

Quoted from the book:

"In the early 1950's, a market for a smaller, self-propelled combine materalized, primarily in the eastern Corn Belt and other areas with medium-sized diversified farms having both corn and small grain crops. A rash of "baby" self propelled combines were rushed to fill this niche, and the Gleaner-Baldwin Co. offered the Model T in 1954. The T2 ( 2-row soybeans ) had a seven foot header and the T3 ( 3-row soybeans) had a ten foot header."

" With a 23-inch rasp cylinder and 28-inch walker seperator, the Model T was about three-quarters the size of the Model A. Grain bin was a moderate 30 bushels. A Ford four-cylinder 172 cid engine drives the unit with a variable V-belt and 3 speed transmission. "

" The Model T combine was only built in 1954. After Allis-Chalmers acquired the Gleaner Harvester Corp. on Feb. 1, 1955 both the Model T and pull-type #80 combines were dropped. Relatively unsuccessful in heavy small grain, the Model T proved to be a winner in edible beans. The unsold inventory acquired by AC found a home in the edible bean country of Michigan's thumb. In April 1955, the T2 had a list price of $4459 and the T3 sold for $4560".

At the time of the AC takeover, the selfpropelled "All Crop 100" continued for a few years as the small combine, and all Gleaner pull types were dropped in favour of AC's.

The pull-type AC's had an amazing production run: 25 years totalling about 338,000 machines: That's over 1000 miles end to end!

#10 Mike Besse

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Posted 11 July 2006 - 03:29 PM

Nice looking Gleaner, I too have a soft spot for small combines. If I had the money I would build a big shed and collect every little 2 row modle combine that everybody made back then. A guy I use to work for started out with a K and now has an L and I've noticed the same thing, only the cab has changed, all the guts are still the same, just bigger.

I bought a G in a moment of weakness ($400 for it, 15' graintable and a 6rn cornhead) and loved it in corn but never could get it to clean beans very good.

If you do have a "combine day" I hope I'm invited, I'd rather shell corn than plow anyday!
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