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He Made A Custom Cabbage Slicer
Harlan Nonhof of Phillipsburg, Kan., has designed an efficient cabbage-slicing machine. “A few years ago, I had the opportunity to watch a friend slice cabbage by hand to make sauerkraut,” he said. “He made a lot of sauerkraut and had to slice cabbage most of the morning.”
This served as inspiration for Nonhof to conceive of a device to streamline the process. “I like to make things that hopefully make projects easier,” he explains. “So, I made a simple machine with an electric motor to slice the cabbages.” The following year, he took it to his friend’s house to test it out. Nonhof’s friend prepared the cabbage heads while he ran them through the slicer. Together, they cut about 200 lbs. of cabbage in an hour.
The driving mechanism is a used “Snapper Personal Pace” walk-behind mower. “This gave me various stroke speed options and also the safety of being able to disconnect the motor from the drive system while keeping the motor running,” says Nonhof. He replaced the gas engine with an old electric motor from a washing machine. The board is used to apply pressure on the cabbage head while slicing to ensure that the cuts are even. When the cut is complete, the top board rests on the top of the hopper to prevent it from contacting the cutting edges.
A long plastic tub catches the cabbage as it’s cut at a rate of 35 strokes per minute. The machine is about 5 ft. long and breaks down into three pieces, the largest of which is about 50 in.
To date, Nonhof has used his cabbage cutter just that one time. He wants to sell it to someone who can put it to use. Those interested can contact him directly.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Harlan Nonhof, 431 S. Fifth St., Phillipsburg, Kan. 67661 (ph 785-447-0241).

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