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Re: 14t Baler - dealer/knotter issue

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12-02-2012 19:38:23
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John appleby from wisconsin invented the knotter in the late 1800s I beleive, it was first used on grain binders and his billhook design is basically the same as used today. His prototype was carved out of wood. He was a young man when he invented it and his parents farm where he lived at the time is between elkhorn and whitewater WI on hwy 12. There is a plaque on a rock stating this at the location of the farm. The first appleby knotters were manufactured in nearby beloit WI.

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12-02-2012 20:22:40
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 Re: 14t Baler - dealer/knotter issue in reply to caseanonymous, 12-02-2012 19:38:23  
Interesting,,he must have had some very forward thinking going on, I have heard it said that there were a couple of different versions of knotters but the one Deere and most every one else uses is the only one i know of, ,,Deere has made very little changes in the knotter and balers for a long time..



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