Most of the work at Antaiji is done by hand, but for threshing the rice we use a machine. the one that we used yesterday was presented to us by the Kubota store in Hamasaka ten years ago. Although it started without problems yesterday morning, the engine seems to have not enough power to thresh the rice anymore.
Therefore we changed the torn belt in a different machine this morning. this one we bought about five years ago on Yahoo Auctions (for about 100 dollars), and it is not exactly reliable either, but hopefully it will serve us well today.