Danuser is a manufacturer of diverse products from OEM parts to industrial and agricultural attachments, as well as recoil devices for shotguns and rifles. Our family-owned company was built in 1910 with the philosophy, “Good enough won’t do – it must be right.” That work ethic continues to this day. Coupling our over 100 years of experience with the latest in manufacturing technology, we are dedicated to remaining the benchmark in each of our divisions. Danuser offers PTO Auger Systems, Hydraulic Auger Systems, Auger Bits, Pallet Forks, Post Drivers, Auger Buckets for concrete and various materials, and Concrete Breakers for various industries including: agricultural, construction, demolition, utility, rental, and material handling.
To give you a short history of Danuser Machine Company, I must start with my grandfather, Kasper Berry Danuser, who was a Swiss emigrant. One of ten children, he came to this country in 1880. He produced the first piece of farm equipment that carried the name 'DANUSER' - a farm wagon built in the town of Readsville, Missouri, around 1905. In 1906, he moved his family to Auxvasse where my father, Henry, was born in 1908. The Danuser family moved to Fulton in 1910, and the original shop was located on our present plant site. In addition to the general repair work so common to shops of that time, he thrashed grain with steam power in the summertime and saw-milled in the off-season.
During his college years, my father rebuilt a Ford automobile that had only four original parts left when he got through with it. He then drove this creature to Salt Lake, up to Yellowstone Park, and back home - a pretty rugged trip even by today's standards. He later went to Wichita and became associated with Stearman Aircraft Company. The company wasn't any larger than we are now, and the President, Mr. Lloyd Stearman, was chief test pilot. With the winter season in Wichita and nearly 20 aircraft companies with no government business to carry them, they simply shut down. Dad then worked his way to Europe in 1930 by feeding a cargo of mules. He was gone about five months when he ran out of money. He convinced the captain of a tramp freighter that he could assist him in running his boat with no pay, only passage home. However, to make him an employee of the South Atlantic Steamship Company, they did pay him . . . one penny!
When he returned home, he worked with his father and acquired a unique automotive piston ring for distribution over the state of Missouri. This Cord Piston Ring would stop the excessive use of oil, and nearly every piston ring company uses such a design today.
Dad married Lillian Hill Hamilton on December 4, 1932, after installing a set of piston rings until 2:00 that morning so he could afford to pay for the wedding ceremony.
My father purchased the company after his father's death in 1937. At that time, we were still a carryover of Granddad's blacksmith shop doing maintenance and repair work. Dad's first product was a portable air compressor. Dad then designed and built a tree-moving machine. In 1941, Danuser Machine Company built the first rear-mounted Blade in the United States for a tractor. We have followed these early products with a number of introductions over the years: