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#24 Picker or Snapper?

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Poor Farm Jim

02-20-2001 18:45:06

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This is going to get long winded, a simple question and a story that I hope doesn't bore you all to tears. Seems that a while back on this Board someone refered to the #24 as a snapper. I thought it was a picker. I know it didn't pick very clean. We had a neighbor named Leo who had one mounted on a 1939 H. He would pick our corn for my Dad, and me after school and weekends, hauling in and using our elevaor and tractor to power it on our corn and his. As I remember it had rolls about 5 or 6 feet long and the upper part was different than the lower snapping part, was it even hard rubber? I thought this sufficed as a husking bed as I know it didn't have an individual one.

The #24 was the single most cursed piece of farm equipement that I have heard of. I talked to one old timer in 1972 that said he had one in the '50's and it was so bad he drove his tractor to the dealers one Sunday and dismounted it, and as far as he knew it still laid there. It was also dangerous if you tried to pull a stuck stalk out. That same neighbor Leo had a brother-in-law who had a #24, too. He happened to be hauling in for him one day and when he got back to the field the tractor and picker were stopped and the brother-in-law was cutting off his own arm with his pocket knife. It's true what they say, it will pull your arm in before you can let the stalk go.

Leo always told me his H was one of the first thousand made. But since they start numbering at 501 I assume it was one of the first 500 made. He got to where he left the #24 mounted all year long and only used it for picking. He always said the head had never been off. He sold it a few years ago, unbeknownst to me. Talking to him later I said I would have boughten it. He said second gear was giving trouble and he would have rather sold it to me than the other guy who knew he had it, and at a better price. Oh well!!!!


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gene b

02-22-2001 04:31:14

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 Re: #24 Picker or Snapper? in reply to Poor Farm Jim, 02-20-2001 18:45:06  
we had a 24 on an M wasok as we ground the ear corn for cattle feed used the husks for bedding the hogs also then got a 20 which replaced the 24 rolls were adjustable used it for 5 yrs whan I was in the ARMY in 59 DAD and brother said they didnt have the patience that I had traded it for a new 2MHD for a small 20 or so acres they would be ok easy to put on have you seen the one row vwesion for the C

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02-21-2001 20:06:51

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 Re: #24 Picker or Snapper? in reply to Poor Farm Jim, 02-20-2001 18:45:06  
My dad had a #24 that he called a snapper. We had it mounted on a Super H. We always had a lot of trouble with it breaking down. If it wasn't a gathering chain it was bearings on the rollers. It was used when he bought it. The ducks and cattle loved that #24. They spent the rest of the fall eating the shelled corn off the ground. It picked fairly clean if the weather was damp, but when it got dry you brought in most of the field with the ear corn. My dad was very safety concious. He always shut off the machine before unplugging. He also never let us kids run the corn picker even later when he traded it off for a 2-PR pull type picker which was a wonderful machine. We even combined, but never ran the corn picker, because of all the neighbors who had lost hands and arms in corn pickers. Roger

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Elden Denning

02-21-2001 10:39:23

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 Re: #24 Picker or Snapper? in reply to Poor Farm Jim, 02-20-2001 18:45:06  
The #24 IH mounted corn picker was not a picker for any day, any conditions picking. The early versions were really poorly designed and would "open up" if crowded hard or a rock or frozen dirt got run through it. Yes, the husking rolls were merely the upper part of the snapping rolls and didn't remove all the husks, and if the corn got really dry, you might see a few kernels on the ground, maybe a few "nubbin" ears even. But, to be fair, the later versions were much improved and experienced operators with good picking situations could do an acceptable job. Mounted on an H, a 24 made a decent outfit for the average size farmer, and not having to "open-up" the field was a big plus. In fact, when conditions were good, 24's did the job. When we got a SMTA we got a 2ME picker and yes, it did a helluvva lot better job, but the tractor and picker represented 3-4 times the cost of the H-24 outfit. And when you got that rig stuck, you had a serious problem. If you tried unplugging it with it running, it could get you too. I always shut them off and cut the cornstalks out with my jack-knife, it was a tough s-o-b sometimes, but I escaped with all my standard issue equipment. When I was helping my friend finishing his shelling last week I remembered those days in the late 40's and early 50's when we would flip coins to see who got to shovel the corn and who rode the picker/tractor--the winner usually shoveled.

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