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What Are Shellers & How Are They Used?

The milling industry is just one of the many businesses that utilize shellers. For instance, this unique device takes an entire ear of corn and removes all kernels of the cob.  The history of the beginnings of the machines is quite interesting.

Back in 1839, Lester Denison of Middlesex County, Connecticut was issued a patent to operate the first machine of its time.  A hand operated, freestanding device would pull the cob of corn through metal-toothed cylinders that stripped off the kernels.  The actual process is quite intricate.  As mentioned, this machine can be hand cranked, but it can also be used by a tractor, electric motor or stationary engine.   When the cob is fed in, each metal wheel operates in the opposite direction.   The teeth then work to pull off all of the kernels until there is none left.   The kernels then fall into a bucket and are collected.  At the end process, the cob is emitted out from the machine.

It is important to understand what happens to the corn once it is removed from the cob.  The corn can then be used by farmers to send out to suppliers.  It can be also used to feed livestock. Other areas that use shellers include the feed, farming and grain industries.  Other foods that are used in this device include rice, peas, pecans and peanuts just to name a few.  Each goes through a similar process to the corn removal.

The invention of this unique device has revolutionized the feed, farming, mill and grain industries.  Shellers have made the whole process from start to finish much more efficient.

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