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Re: corn pickers

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09-12-2013 13:13:38

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Keep looking for a 325. Might as well get it right the first time. They're not that hard to come by.

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09-12-2013 14:38:50

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 Re: corn pickers in reply to rrlund, 09-12-2013 13:13:38  
I was just thinking after I read this that I remembered about a guy I knew back around 25 years ago who told me about how he bought one of the last 325 made back then. He was in for parts for his old machine and apparently news had broke that NI was giving up producing pickers. He asked just for the heck of it if any were left to be purchased and word came back there were not. A couple months went by and word was a few dealers had unsold stock and his dealer could get a unit. I had also heard an unrelated story that in fact the factory had units sitting after the fall harvest following the pickers being discontinued. I don't know if unsold units are counted back against the factory. They might have been cancelled orders. 1988 was a drought year and that most likely played into it.

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09-12-2013 16:26:19

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 Re: corn pickers in reply to NY 986, 09-12-2013 14:38:50  
That's how Stitzels got a bunch of new pickers to sell back then. He bought several truckloads from all over the Midwest (maybe even right from New Idea) and set them on his jockey lot. The 325s moved fast, the 324s took over 10 years to move, and I think the last 323 didn't go until 2008. He still has an NOS 329 sheller there.

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09-12-2013 16:58:57

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 Re: corn pickers in reply to Tim(nj), 09-12-2013 16:26:19  
I don't remember some of the details anymore but seems New Idea was pressed to unload the picker inventory ASAP back then.

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09-12-2013 17:07:53

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 Re: corn pickers in reply to NY 986, 09-12-2013 16:58:57  
AVCO dumped New Idea which was then merged with White Farm Equipment (which was a group of investors who took over after White Motors went belly-up in 1980). Combined company failed to pay its creditors (IIRC Borg-Warner demanded immediate payment or they were going to demand liquidation) so any inventory that could be sold for cash was. After a reorganization, they stumbled on until 1992(?) when they defaulted again and AGCO picked over the carcass.

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