Recognize This Star Feed Cutter?
I recently purchased this feed cutter at a farm auction and I’m looking for information on it. The only identification is on the casting shown in the photo. I would like to know the name of the manufacturer and where the piece was made. Any other information would be appreciated as well.
It is a single-knife design. The unique part is all the mechanical engineering put into it. The rollers feed a length of stalk into the device, then it stops and the blade comes around and makes the cut. This is done through a system of ratcheting gears, pawls and connecting rods.
There is a lot of pinstriping on the piece but it was pretty faded. Nobody knew what product to use to restore the paint somewhat. The wood hardener that was applied did a fair job.
George Becker, N64 W12929 Mill Rd., Menomonee Falls, WI 53051; (262) 252-3187; firstname.lastname@example.org.
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