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!!!!