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Waterloo Manufacturing Co. “Sunshine Auto Header” Combine Harvester

Waterloo Manufacturing Co. “Sunshine Auto Header” Combine Harvester

Current Location

Collection Storage Facility


Purchase from a farm equipment distributor; used in the Moose Jaw area of Saskatchewan

Technical History:

The combine harvester, also known earlier as the reaper-thresher, combines in one machine all the operations associated with cereal-grain harvesting: reaping, threshing, and winnowing. First conceived in the late nineteenth century, combine harvesters were more widely produced in the twentieth century as grain farming expanded, particularly in western North America. Combine harvesters came in towed and self-propelled models, with self-propelled models dominating production after the 1940s.

The “Sunshine” Auto Header was one of the first self-propelled combines to have been mass produced and sold all over the world. It is equipped with a screw conveyor linking the header to the drum, a power-assisted header, an independent ground speed from the threshing speed, as well as a rotary pick-up.


The Sunshine Auto Header was designed and manufactured in Australia by H. V. McKay Proprietary Ltd beginning in 1923 and exported around the world, including to Canada. In 1930, Massey-Harris bought a stake in McKay and began manufacturing the Sunshine Auto Header in Waterloo, Ontario. Machines were built and assembled at the Waterloo factory before being sent by rail to western Canada, where they were sold by farm equipment distributors.

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Waterloo Manufacturing Co.
Manufacturer Location
Waterloo, Ontario
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