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#1 powerking56 OFFLINE  

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Posted September 28, 2010 - 09:18 PM

Helped a friend get this out of a barn a couple weeks ago, the pictures are after he spent some serious time with wire brushes, putty knife and lots of compressed air.
The wood legs and base need to be replaced but otherwise it is pretty complete. We will need to fab up a feed tray as that was missing. Hope to run it with my 4hp Novo hit & miss at the shows and do a little silage chopping...... the Novo is really not powerful enough but hope we can chop a few corn stalks and blow them out into a mesh bin just as a demo. We also need to find some iron wheeled running gear to make it a bit easier to move around. The newest patent date is 1908. Looking for any more info or vintage pictures of one for hints on the feed tray or carriage if anyone finds anything.

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Posted September 28, 2010 - 09:29 PM

In the 1st pic, is that the feedrolls on the right side? Hard to see as pic is kinda dark in that spot.

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Posted September 28, 2010 - 09:41 PM

Dan you are correct those are the feed rolls on the right, he did get quite a bit of blower pipe and "spout" as well, too new to be for this unit but will work for what we want.

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Posted September 28, 2010 - 09:44 PM

That is so cool. Looks to be the oldest chopper I've EVER seen! Nothing against this chopper, but I am SO glad though that choppers evolved with time! :D Can you imagine how long it would take me to chop 70 acres with that one!!! :smile1:

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Posted September 28, 2010 - 09:51 PM

A L O N G time I'm thinking and first you would have had to get the corn to it.... I would imagine this would have been most often placed at the base of the silo and belted to a BIG one lunger, steam engine or tractor and the corn brought to it..... long before pit silos etc.

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Posted September 29, 2010 - 04:39 AM

Go to
Google Patents
and take a look at 826459
4th one down and titled WILDER

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Posted September 29, 2010 - 04:52 AM

That Chopper Is Neat!
It looks to be in great shape.

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Posted September 29, 2010 - 05:16 AM

I have never seen one like that,that's really cool.

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Posted September 29, 2010 - 05:44 AM

what year is your old white and yellow truck in the pic? my dad has a 1960 merc [ATTACH=CONFIG]5829[/ATTACH][ATTACH=CONFIG]5830[/ATTACH][ATTACH=CONFIG]5831[/ATTACH]Posted Image

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Posted September 29, 2010 - 05:46 AM

That's an older chopper than any I have seen before, a real neat looking piece. Once your engine gets the chopper up in speed I bet you will be able to get a couple of stalks cut up just on the flywheels momentum. That will make a unique display for you.

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Posted September 29, 2010 - 08:17 AM

That truck is a 1966 Ford F250 2wd 4 speed and it belongs to the fellow with the chopper, and it is for sale.........
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Posted September 29, 2010 - 09:03 AM

That is a great piece of history. I would love to know how many were actually made. The reference that Gary pointed out for the patent makes it even neater.

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Posted September 29, 2010 - 04:45 PM

That's a very nice piece! It appears to be in excellent shape for the age too. It will be a hit at your show for sure!




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