Posted by LaVern Skarzenski on September 12, 2012 at 19:17:45 from (18.104.22.168):
In Reply to: Hay Crimper posted by jim430 on September 11, 2012 at 14:52:57:
Not that it really matters, but wasn't the NH 404 considered a "crusher" and not a crimper. If I remember correctly (and I may not because I'm talking around 1966-69) it had a smooth steel upper roller and a rubber lower roller with spiral grooves running across the length of the roller. The New Ideas of the day were crushers with steel rollers that meshed with each other and actually crimped the hay.
The 404 was a great improvement over just cutting with a sickle bar and letting it lay until dry enough to rake and bale, but it had to be adjusted just right to prevent wrapping the hay around the rollers and plugging up, Whereas the New Ideas our neighbors had and we borrowed a few times before we had the 404 were great with no problems plugging. (As far as I remember any way) :)
P.S. Like show crop above stated, I remember spending a lot of time under that 404 with a jack knife too.
This post was edited by LaVern Skarzenski at 19:20:02 09/12/12.
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