This project illustrates the reconditioning and operation of a hand-crank Root-Heath Corn Sheller.
The Root-Heath Manufacturing Company was formed in 1904 between George Root and his son-in-law Charles Heath.
George Root had been in a manufacturing business with his brother earlier but when the business moved to Plymouth Ohio his brother did not join the relocation. The business was involved in building hardware items such as corn shelters, grist mills and lawn mower sharpening machines. A line of four hand corn shellers were produced. The top of the line was the R-H model, which was finished in red and gold, and had an advertised capacity of 14 to 16 bushels per hour.
Since the sheller bears only the Root and Heath names, it was probably made between 1904 and 1919 when the company brought in another investor, J.D. Fate Co.
The shellers had provisions for mounting on the edge of a wooden box or barrel. The shelled corn fell into the container, while the cobs were ejected to the outside of the box.
This step shows the finished sheller and the condition before restoration.
To watch the sheller in operation, check out the linked video