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I just picked this up last week. A JD SPW and it runs. Just wondering if anybody has any pics of the 1st generation Owatonna or Killberry swather from the 50s.
 

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I bought it to add to the collection. Plus were are getting a new JD swather this spring so I thought it would be kinda neat to have JD's first one too. As far as Hesston being the 1st, well I am not trying to start an arguement with anybody but having the 1st self propelled swather is only a claim made by Hesston. Owatonna and Killberry both had swathers at the same time Hesston did if not a year earlier. That is only according to the info I have found. JD didn't come out with theirs until 1957.
 

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Quote:I bought it to add to the collection. Plus were are getting a new JD swather this spring so I thought it would be kinda neat to have JD's first one too. As far as Hesston being the 1st, well I am not trying to start an arguement with anybody but having the 1st self propelled swather is only a claim made by Hesston. Owatonna and Killberry both had swathers at the same time Hesston did if not a year earlier. That is only according to the info I have found. JD didn't come out with theirs until 1957.

Well then if you have that info, share the year. Lets see what year they came out with it?



Versatile came out with their 103 swather in 1954. I had a Hesston magazine that explained the history of their company and they introduced their swather a year later. That is facts that I have. I have read the Owatonna and the Killbery swathers came out around 1955 but that is going off somebody else. Now look at this swather. I don't know what year it is but it looks like it could be one of the first ever made judging by how crude it is.

http://www.ytmag.com/cgi-bin/viewit.cgi?bd=harvest&th=22965
 

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Quote:Versatile came out with their 103 swather in 1954. I had a Hesston magazine that explained the history of their company and they introduced their swather a year later. That is facts that I have. I have read the Owatonna and the Killbery swathers came out around 1955 but that is going off somebody else. Now look at this swather. I don't know what year it is but it looks like it could be one of the first ever made judging by how crude it is. http://www.ytmag.com/cgi-bin/viewit.cgi?bd=harvest&th=22965
That sounds awful early on the 103 JD95guy. We bought a new one in 1964 and I think they were fairly new than.
Killberry was the forerunner to MacDon and they started in 1949. This I can actually prove:
http://www.macdon.com/about-history.php
Not 100% sure on the 103. You might be right.
That link looks like a Minneapolis Moline to me, my dad ran a pull-type combine when I was little
and the colors look right.

Don
 

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Quote:Versatile came out with their 103 swather in 1954. I had a Hesston magazine that explained the history of their company and they introduced their swather a year later. That is facts that I have. I have read the Owatonna and the Killbery swathers came out around 1955 but that is going off somebody else. Now look at this swather. I don't know what year it is but it looks like it could be one of the first ever made judging by how crude it is. http://www.ytmag.com/cgi-bin/viewit.cgi?bd=harvest&th=22965
That sounds awful early on the 103 JD95guy. We bought a new one in 1964 and I think they were fairly new than.
Killberry was the forerunner to MacDon and they started in 1949. This I can actually prove:
http://www.macdon.com/about-history.php
Not 100% sure on the 103. You might be right.
That link looks like a Minneapolis Moline to me, my dad ran a pull-type combine when I was little
and the colors look right.

Don


My info came from my Versatile book which tells the year the 103 came out. The 400 came out in either 1964 for 65. That is a good link because it just proves further Hesston was not the first on the market with a self propelled swather.
 

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Something's wrong with the Versatile history.

The 400 was the first Hydrostatic swather - it came out in `74... They also built a 440 (not a 4400) which was a heavier 400 with a 12' hay header, it was intended to be a competitor to NH and Hesston's SP windrowers, but never took off.


As a side-note, my neighbour still mows his grain using a 103 Versatile - they sure were a durable swather!

-Christian
 

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Quote:Something's wrong with the Versatile history.
The 400 was the first Hydrostatic swather - it came out in `74... They also built a 440 (not a 4400) which was a heavier 400 with a 12' hay header, it was intended to be a competitor to NH and Hesston's SP windrowers, but never took off.
-Christian

I agree Christian something is odd.
At least MacDon has the Killbery history
http://www.macdon.com/about-history.php
I'm surprised nobody caught my error when I stated Killbery started in 49, it was actually 51 for the swather and their statement "one of the first" is either humble, they weren't, or they don't know. Kinda gray. How Canadian eh?
But I can't find a decent site for Versatile swathers. Anyone?

Don
 

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I just picked this up last week. A JD SPW and it runs. Just wondering if anybody has any pics of the 1st generation Owatonna or Killberry swather from the 50s.
I have the whole swather, sitting in a machine shed. My grandfather bought it new. I was one of the first ones. it was built in New Ulm MN by New Ulm Mfg for Owatonna Mfg.
 
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