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Blackhawk sheller or huller.


My grandfather left us this piece. It has 3 different dates on it no model name or number.I saw...

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Default Blackhawk sheller or huller.

My grandfather left us this piece. It has 3 different dates on it no model name or number.I saw another post & response here but ours doesn't look like that. my dad would like to know how it was mounted & if we have all the pieces.
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Is going to bolt on to a box, but will need a picture to show you how to do this.
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Ok will try to get a picture on soon might be saturday thank u sooo much I have hit so many dead ends with this!!
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Default Re: Blackhawk sheller or huller.

There are two key-hole shaped slots at the bottom of the sheller. You could either put a bolt through these holes and use them to permanently bolt the sheller to a box, OR you could put a carriage bolt through the holes (round head goes through the round part and the square neck drops down into the slot) and use the carriage bolts and a wing nut to secure a CLAMP and clamp onto the side of the box. FYI, the clamps are still available from C.S. Bell as they still reproduce this style of sheller.
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The Last Date on it is 1903. It does say A.H. Patch, BlackHawk Halleable. It has a spring to keep the hopper closed.
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I have a Root-Heath that looks almost identical. I need the 'butter and tipper' casting to go on it. It is to use, not just look at. We are breeding up Abnaki corn for seed.

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Default Re: Blackhawk sheller or huller.

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It's going to be a little hard to mount this sheller using the keyholes. If you use them you will need the clamps. You have a picture of what I call the front. On the back you will see two tabs that will set down on the edge of a box. There are holes in the sheller to bolt it fast with. The word is MALLEABLE.
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Default Re: Blackhawk sheller or huller.

so this is a sheller? we had actually thought it was for hulling nuts like walnuts! will get a picture of the back to post later today. From what i can make out from pic by jebaroni looks like we might be missing somethings.
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Not real sure what a butter & tipper and are. We really don't want to get rid of this. My dad just wants to make it functional again.
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Thank u for the picture I think what we have may be what is on the left side of box but is hard to tell. I appreciate u all being so patient with us on this item, it is going to mean alot to my dad if we get this brought back to life again!!
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Default Re: Blackhawk sheller or huller.

There really isn't a whole lot to these things. As H.Burk said, you can clamp it to a box or you can just bolt it to the side of a box if you don't have the clamps. These were intended to be used as corn shellers (removing the dried kernels from the cob) but many saw double duty for removing the meaty skin from walnuts. I'm personally not a big fan of using these as walnut hullers because I think it's a little hard on the machine.

The butter and tipper that Mike is referring to (also called a nubber) was an optional piece that some manufacturers seemed to have and others did not. In my first picture, you can see it on my sheller. It's the little cast-iron basket looking thing that sticks out the side opposite the hand crank. I think the official name for this is Seed-corn-tipper, as it was used to remove the odd-shaped and underdeveloped kernels from the ends of the ear of corn. If you had a bunch of corn that you wanted to shell so that you could use it for planting in the spring, you would first remove the ugly kernels from the ends of the cob and discard them (or save them for grinding into cornmeal). Once the ears had all been tipped you would run them through the sheller and all the corn in the box would be the uniform, healthy kernels that would have a better chance of producing good crops. Another reason is because the mis-shapen kernels on the ends could possibly clog up the planter.

How do you know if your sheller had a tipper/nubber or not? If it had one, there would be a threaded hole in the middle of the plate with the nubs (the picker wheel). The nubber was threaded into that hole with a carriage bolt. I know that most of the Fulton brand shellers had this and the C.S. Bell shellers did, but the Blackhawks were kinda hit-or-miss on this feature.
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I don't believe the Blackhawk was hit or miss on this feature. But just plain MISS. I don't think that you will find a Blackhawk with a tipper.
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Here's the front. as far as paint just black with red lettering?
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I believe black, with gold lettering would be correct.
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I think we r almost done bugging u guys about this just 1 more question dad wants to know about the box this would have been originally mounted to, was there a specific kind of wood used like a walnut or pine & any specific measurements? Once again u have been great help! This has been kinda exciting for my dad!
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Suit yourself on the size of the box and the species of wood.
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Default Re: Blackhawk sheller or huller.

I mounted mine on the side of an old fruit box that I found at a sale someplace. It still has the old paper labels and looks very cool. I had to seal the spaces between the wood slats but that didn't take long. Try it.

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If you look at the advertisement, it looks like they mounted it to one of those old, thin, wooden barrels. That would be a neat little stand/container to put one on, but I don't know where you would go about finding one. As others said, the box did not come with the sheller. You supplied your own. Good luck and enjoy it!
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