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cocoa_lulu
Grand Saline, TX
(Zone 7b)

November 12, 2008
4:59 PM

Post #5782617

Supposedly these are still around, but I can't find one. Anyone ever seen one? Any ideas how one could be made?
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

November 14, 2008
1:55 AM

Post #5788374

I have never heard of one. Hope you find it.
garden_mermaid
San Francisco Bay Ar, CA
(Zone 9b)

November 16, 2008
11:30 PM

Post #5798906

Are you looking for a root cutter to cut up mangels, turnips and rutabegas (swedes) for animal feed?

There is an old fashioned hand crank model pictured on page 1975 of Knight's American Mechanical Dictionary By Edward Henry Knight. You can see a picture here:
http://tinyurl.com/6lca8z

Here is a site showing a Bamford Root Cutter. There is a second photo showing the cutting mechanism, in case that helps you develop your own design.
http://www.search.staffspasttrack.org.uk/engine/resource/exhibition/standard/default.asp?resource=15910


page 317 of Homemade Contrivances and How to Make Them also shows plans for making a root cutter aka fodder cutter
http://tinyurl.com/5la3pb


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cocoa_lulu
Grand Saline, TX
(Zone 7b)

November 17, 2008
8:25 PM

Post #5802006

Thank you, GM. That's exactly what I needed, different examples to give DH some ideas at building one. I really appreciate it!!!
garden_mermaid
San Francisco Bay Ar, CA
(Zone 9b)

November 17, 2008
9:27 PM

Post #5802261

You are most welcome. I vaguely remember seeing an old Bamford root cutter in use at a farm once. Can't remember where that was though.
cocoa_lulu
Grand Saline, TX
(Zone 7b)

November 17, 2008
9:50 PM

Post #5802360

Oh, that bramford is quite snazzy! Too big to be practical for us, but a beautiful piece of machinery.
cocoa_lulu
Grand Saline, TX
(Zone 7b)

April 6, 2011
8:02 AM

Post #8475803

So, I searched for one of these over the past few years. And since my own thread would pop up each time I did a search, I thought I'd update.

The antique versions are near impossible to find locally. A few have shown up on ebay, but proved to be too expensive and heavy shipping.

This year we are going to use a commercial french fry cutter, like the one pictured. We are going with more sweet potatoes then mangels, since they are more adapted to our area. The commercial fry cutters say they are 'not recommend' for sweet potatoes. but we don't plan on cutting as much as a restaurant would. Hopefully, they will hold up :0)
The nifty part of these cutters is that they can be wall mounted, the potatoes then fall right into the feeding bucket.

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NikB
Belle Center, OH
(Zone 5a)

April 7, 2011
4:49 AM

Post #8477665

When I feed them to anything other than chickens, I just whack them with a machete. Chop them into 2-4 chunks. I've never had a problem with anything being able to eat them. For chickens I mount them whole on a stake of rebar and let them peck away at them.

darius

darius
So.App.Mtns.
United States
(Zone 5b)

May 30, 2011
8:29 AM

Post #8596647

More pictures of the Bamford root cutter here:
http://agrariannation.blogspot.com/2011/05/1871-culture-of-roots.html

I think one would not be difficult to make, now that I see the blade configuration.

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