This improvement effects the delivery of the hemp after it is cut, in such condition and in such relation to the team and the body of the machine, that it shall not be trampled upon by the horses, or disturbed by the machine. To accomplish this result, a reel with spirally twisted blades, two inclined directing boards, and two hinged trailing platforms are employed. The reel bends down the hemp stalks, the inclined boards direct them upon the platforms, and the platforms deliver tham in a collected state into a central space existing between the platforms. It is the invention of J. L. Hardeman, of Arrow Rock, Mo.
This article was originally published with the title "Hemp Cutter" in Scientific American 13, 12, 91 (November 1857)