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Saving Yesterday For Tomorrow


Manufactured by Shibata Industrial Co. Ltd and distributed by Taiwo Trading (Penang) likely before Independence, this manual paddy treadle thresher definitely requires a bit of effort or footwork to say the least. Those who have used threshers like these will tell you it’s no easy task. Have you had to work for your meals (literally) in the past?

  1. sk says:

    Have seen this device in my uncle’s ricemill in Kedah when I was young.
    Cant actually remember how it was done. Was it someone taking a pile of Padi plant, thresh it on the device & step on the paddle to separate the seeds & the plant. Later these was mechanised. Maybe one of you can elaborate a clearer picture.

  2. Ngai C O says:

    Hi Christopher,

    It was a labour of Love!!! HaHaHa.

    Some closed communities, especially in America, who have steadfastly refused to move with the times, are still using similar machines or traditional labour intensive methods.

    They literally live off the land.

    I am not sure how long they can sustain this type of lifestyle because of their staunch beliefs.

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