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Left hand cut machinery

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08-06-2002 18:20:56

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I'm curious - I've been around farm machinery since I was a kid in the 60's. Some of it has been AC equipment. I was wondering if anyone could tell me why the implements were "left handed" when every other manufacturer was "right handed". Does it go back to the founder of the company?

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08-07-2002 19:33:21

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 Re: left hand cut machinery in reply to Charlie, 08-06-2002 18:20:56  
I have a dearborn corn picker that is left hand cut. Awkward as heck when your used to right handed stuff.

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08-07-2002 20:40:44

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 Re: Re: left hand cut machinery in reply to Fm...Allis wasn't the only one.., 08-07-2002 19:33:21  

Try looking over your right shoulder and using the hand clutch at the same time.....that is awkward!

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08-07-2002 17:20:09

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 Re: left hand cut machinery in reply to Charlie, 08-06-2002 18:20:56  

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08-06-2002 20:58:53

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 Re: left hand cut machinery in reply to Charlie, 08-06-2002 18:20:56  
I don't know about the origin of left-handed machinery or why it eventually switched to right hand, but a binder was commonly used to swath grain after a combine was purchased. On the IH, we simply removed a bolt holding the cast arm that held the grain as it was being bundled. (Bundle arm)? That allowed the grain stalks to fall to the ground in a continuous motion, forming a windrow. On an earlier binder we removed the elevating canvasses, so the grain dropped off the platform, to the left of the bull wheel. New machines cost money in the 50s, so we made do with what we had. AC was not the only mfr of left hand equipment, and it certainly pre-dated the WD45, although the poster is right about easier operation because of the seat/clutch location.

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08-06-2002 19:44:29

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 Re: left hand cut machinery in reply to Charlie, 08-06-2002 18:20:56  
I've read that the combines were made with a left hand cut so that they would be compatible with a binder. I don't know why you'd be worried about that since if you use a combine or a binder, you're not going to use the other. Maybe in case a farmer wanted to do a field partway with one and finish with another..I don't know. Maybe it was just to make them the same as the old binders. When John Deere first came out with the series of pull type combines that included the 12A, and others, they were right hand cut for one year, then they went to left hand cut.

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08-06-2002 18:54:37

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 Re: left hand cut machinery in reply to Charlie, 08-06-2002 18:20:56  

My theory is the position of the hand clutch and seating position on the WC, WD, WD45 made it more comfortable to look back at the machinery if it was to the left. You could turn your body to the left somewhat and the hand clutch was still comfortable to use. I've used another brand forage chopper that cut to the right, and it was harder to watch and use the hand clutch at the same time.

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