January 2009 Baylor County Banner Article

Article text from the January 2009 Baylor County Banner (Seymour, Texas) Article:

Batchler Manufacturing Company began as a small machine shop doing fabrication and repair of farm equipment in the early 20s. By 1933, W. H. Batchler invented many items including the All-In-One Castrator, Docker and Ear Marker Tool.  The tool was passed from generation to generation with James M. Batchler, III purchasing it in 2003.

W.H. Batchler’s love for inventing created  a family business which included the gooseneck trailer but he was told it would never sell. He also created the bump gate that can still be found on the King Ranch today.   James M. Batchler, II, better known as J.M., owned and operated Batchler Manufacturing as the third generation . It was located in Throckmorton, Texas at this time. There were two types of All-In-One Tools up until September 1994 when J.M. Batchler, II made the decision to stop producing both instruments.  The number one tool became too costly to make and was discontinued when J.M. Batchler became ill with cancer.

As the fourth generation of the Batchler Family moved thecompany into the 21st Century, Jim, and his wife, Darla Barrington Batchler, former resident of Seymour, Texas, decided to continue the legacy and moved the business to North Richland Hills. Jim’s dream had always been to stay in Throckmorton and farm/ranch his entire life, but unfortunately could not make a living on his inherited share of his family’s land. He decided to at least take the Batchler Manufacturing family business into the future to continue the family history.

While making this tool is very time consuming, it is important for them to never lose quality. These tools are made so well that they will last 40+years. The tool continues to be hand made one piece at a time with quality craftsmanship while the administrative side is looking into new ways to market.  Since 1993, this tool has only been marketed by word-of-mouth and a few vendors like Nasco, Walco, Valley Vet, Nelson Wholesale and a few others. J.M. Batchler also sold overseas. The company is still very small. There are 14 steps to handmake one tool. The machines that are used to make the All-In-One Tool are dated from 1933 and luckily required very minimal repairs over the last 75 years.

Jim is the last person left living who knows how to set up the machines. There are steps that only he can do like threading the holes for the screws, milling the ends and sharpening the blades. Every hole has to be drilled precisely and every edge has to be perfect for the tool to work properly. There is a legacy of pride in the  hands of the man creating this quality instrument.