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Old 10-12-2006, 05:19:30 PM
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Firstly, hello to everyone. Secondly, allow me to introduce myself.

My name is James and I am a student currently studying Design Engineering at Bournemouth university in the UK. For my second year project I have been given the task of redesigning a typical garden rotary tiller/cultivator to include a shredder/chipper that will run off the same power source.

What I am asking for help for is simply: can anybody give me information regarding the invention of the very first rotary tiller and also the very first garden shredder. For example, when and where was it made, and by whom?

Any help that you can give me would be much appreciated as I am quite interested to see how far back these tools date!

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James
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Old 10-12-2006, 11:59:17 PM
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Default Re: Student in need of help!

James,
There is a fellow selling a book he wrote on eBay called "The Roto Tiller In America". Says it is an account of the 90 year history of these machines. Might be a good source of information for you. The eBay number is 120039689440.
Good luck,
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Old 10-13-2006, 06:17:57 AM
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Thanks John, I will check it out! Anybody else? Shredders perhaps?
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After looking at the bid a rather important name jumped out and led me to this site! Success! Heres the link http://www.bungartz.nl/hist.html If anyone has any information contrary to what is listed on this site, please feel free to post here!

I'm still looking for information regarding the first shredders so if you have anything at all dont hold back!

Thanks John!
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Old 10-13-2006, 08:55:46 AM
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Default Re: Student in need of help!

The garden chipper/shredders may have origins in what I believe were called Silage cutters, used for chopping up corn stalks and such for livestock feed. I've seen "corn choppers" that were hand cranked and hand fed, which evolved into the belt driven machinery, which likely evolved into the home and garden variety chipper/shredder.

Hope that might help you in your search.
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Roto Hoe made a shredder that used the tiller as a power unit but weather it was the first ? I do not know. Randy Hart Ohio
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Thanks guys, this information is really helping! Keep it coming! Any websites you have found on this stuff?
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Old 10-24-2006, 04:34:07 PM
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Look for info on gravely. This sounds like something that they would have done.
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Old 10-24-2006, 06:05:36 PM
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Thanks Andy, but they seem to do more lawn mower based products. A nice site though with plenty of information!
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