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SHORTENING THE NEW TOP SIZING CHAIN FOR OUR OLD-TIMER POTATO DROP SIZER. For the past thirty years we’ve run a 1 7/8” h


SHORTENING THE NEW TOP SIZING CHAIN FOR OUR OLD-TIMER POTATO DROP SIZER. For the past thirty years we’ve run a 1 7/8” hexagonal top chain on our vintage ‘Haines Potato Drop Sizer.’

This Winter, however, we came to conclude we’d be better off splitting our Potato crops with a 2 1/8” top chain. So, we called HAINES MFG CO INC., century-old “Manufacturer of Haines Non-Bruising Potato Equipment,” in nearby Presque Isle.

Despite this being an old piece of equipment, Fred Haines had a few different sized 18-inch wide chains in-stock, but not the exact size we were after. We knew Fred owned in-house all the equipment needed to make perfect “Non-Bruising” sizing chain of any dimension from scratch.

Fred said to give him a week and he would make up what we wanted. Five days later the chain was done, and we ran up to town to bring it home. To play it safe – and as farmers we are partial to playing things safe whenever we get the chance – Fred had made the chain six-inches longer than the fourteen-feet we had measured and specified. To say that HAINES MFG knows what they’re doing is the understatement of the year.

In this photo at the correct point, Justin is grinding off the crimps which connect together the precisely-bent wiggle-rod and getting that new chain reduced down to the overall perfect length.

It goes without saying that we rolled up the old chain and will store it on nearby shelves just in case someday a differently proportioned Potato comes along and we find we can do a better job grading Potatoes with a 1 7/8″ hex chain. You might be surprised to learn just how much difference quarter-inch makes.

Caleb, Megan & Jim



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