Hopper bale opener

Made:
1955 in Oldham

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Hopper bale opener, made by Platt Brothers & Co. Ltd, Oldham, 1955 and used at Bank Top Mill in Oldham.

When raw cotton arrived at the mill, this machine opened up the bales and started to break apart the tightly packed fibres. Its powerful spikes and rollers could do the job much faster than by hand.

Details

Category:
Textile Industry
Object Number:
Y2005.97
type:
hopper bale opener