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#1 MH81 ONLINE  

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Posted February 11, 2012 - 03:34 PM

OK Kenneth and everyone, I have one for you.
Pulled by a single horse, the unfinished wood is part of a corn horse that just happened to be in the picture.

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Posted February 11, 2012 - 11:07 PM

I'm going to :bump: this, I can't believe no one even has a guess.

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Posted February 12, 2012 - 12:32 AM

its for shocking corn, there are blades down low that cut it off, while a guy sits on each side and ties the bundel of corn.
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Posted February 12, 2012 - 09:46 AM

I have absolutely no idea, so I'm going to guess that it's a horse-drawn bar stool for when you don't have time to relax in the pub.
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Posted February 12, 2012 - 08:14 PM

I have absolutely no idea, so I'm going to guess that it's a horse-drawn bar stool for when you don't have time to relax in the pub.


I think you're on to something there Rev! The angled pieces are to shove the adjacent bar stools out of your way!
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Posted February 12, 2012 - 08:24 PM

No idea whatsoever! Never seen such an animal!
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Posted February 12, 2012 - 08:28 PM

Early horse drawn flying machine?? LOL

Got me, I dunno what it really is....
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Posted February 12, 2012 - 08:32 PM

Lauber has it, and I was always told you didn't step on or off the machine from the front because if the horse spooked or bolted it would cut your foot off. The picture shows a guard on the cutting edge that would obviously be off for use exposing the sharp edge.
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Posted February 12, 2012 - 09:42 PM

Yep, Lauber has it. It's a Bat Wing Corn Harvester.
This one was made by Dain.

There were many different manufacturers of these units. They made single and two sided units.
The operator(s) stood on the platform or perched on the stool, catching the corn as it was cut. WHen they had enough to bundle, the would make them into bundle, then several bundles are carried together and then tied to make a shock.

Gtractor is absolutely correct. The blade guards are in place on this machine but will flip up separately from the rest of the cutter. Those cutters were made of good stuff, you can hone one heck of an edge on them. If you got hit with one, I can imagine it would do a lot of damage. Like the sickle bar cutters of their time.

Gtractor, Did you run one of these as a youngster? If so, I'd love to know how well they worked, etc.

Here's a couple of excerpts from books that show different units. the second one, I had to laugh... they have a guard over the horses mouth to keep it from eating the corn.

Attached File  Bat Wing Corn Cutters.pdf   366.46KB   33 downloadsAttached File  Bat Wing Corn Cutter 2.pdf   386.93KB   30 downloads

I'd also like to add that caseguy has sat on this thing & he knew right away whose it was. LOL
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Posted February 12, 2012 - 09:51 PM


Gtractor, Did you run one of these as a youngster? If so, I'd love to know how well they worked, etc.


No, I didn't run one as a youngster. I just did turn 42!
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Posted February 12, 2012 - 09:53 PM

No, I didn't run one as a youngster. I just did turn 42!
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Ok, so you're not old enough. Sorry, :bigrofl:

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Posted February 12, 2012 - 10:33 PM

well im older but i never ran one of those either. Dain equipment was built Ottumwa Iowa, which is about an hour south west of me. Dain was big into haying machines. John Deere bought them out and the plant still stands today. I beleive they build sprayers and mowing stuff there now.
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Posted February 13, 2012 - 06:02 PM

Wow, MH81! That is very cool! I'll bet (like most of the old equipment) that could be a rough ride. Wonder how irrigation ditches were dealt with back then? Long ago corn rows were planted pretty far apart. The farmer who gave me the Lister said at one time corn was planted in hills that where spaced 42" apart. That way it was easier to cultivate the corn in 6 directions - East, West, North, South and both diagonal directions. Very cool Bat Wing Corn Harvester indeed. Thank you for posting. I like seeing antique farming equipment.

Kenneth
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