4/8/2010 3:12:27 PM
"I read with interest the editor’s column in the March 2010 Farm Collector about the farmer’s pocket ledger. I have one like it, only mine is the 81st annual edition dated 1947-48. ..."
4/8/2010 3:09:05 PM
"I didn’t get to see the Australian tractor caravan. ... My wife e-mailed them for some pictures because I build models of farm machinery, and this tractor is what I made. Probably not quite correct but I’m sure it is the only one in the USA."
4/8/2010 3:00:29 PM
"... The family farm I was raised on had an old iron pile with an old tractor, a Model T Ford truck, a 1909 seven-passenger Page touring car, old plows and cultivators, and other miscellaneous scrap iron. That old iron was sold (and some was donated) and melted down for the war effort."
4/8/2010 2:55:37 PM
"When I was a kid, in about 1925, my dad bought a chopper. It had a wood frame, a lawnmower-type cutter with one or two feed rolls, a large flywheel on the side and a lever to stop the rolls if the power got short. ..."
4/8/2010 2:51:22 PM
"The Shafer Historical Museum, Winthrop, Wash., has an old horse-drawn corn planter with no identification on it except for the name 'Roved' on the metal seed canisters. ... We have looked high and low and can’t find any information about this company or model. Any ideas?"
4/8/2010 2:44:19 PM
"For years I have wondered why this old threshing machine feeder house showed Maytag as its manufacturer. ..."
4/1/2010 5:28:14 PM
Steam enthusiast spent youth helping father run steam engines for threshing grain, as adult helped found Michigan Steam Engine and Threshers Club.
3/29/2010 5:12:26 PM
Steam machines in readers’ letters include a variety of makes and models: Case, Nichols and Shepard, King Hamilton, Birdsell, McCormick-Deering, Port Huron, Keck-Gonnerman, Minneapolis.
3/9/2010 9:30:46 AM
William Honey from Martha’s Vineyard, Mass., passed away on Sept. 15, 2009, just two weeks shy of his 90th birthday.
2/22/2010 10:33:10 AM
"I am sending you a photo of a 1919 Waterloo Boy tractor that I made with matchsticks. Most of the parts are functional, such as the wheels, fan and steering. ..."
2/22/2010 10:29:39 AM
"I have a Sattley engine block that has a good crack on the bottom of the cylinder. What would be a good fix without welding the crack?"
2/22/2010 10:25:57 AM
"I was about 12 years old and cousin Jimmy was about the same age. He was visiting with us when, on a Saturday morning, Daddy said, 'Boys, if you’ll load that wagon with manure, I’ll take you to the picture show (movies – cowboys) this afternoon.' He did not think we would, as he was teasing. We did, and he took us to the 12-cent movie!"
2/22/2010 10:21:27 AM
"I wanted to thank you for publishing the picture of my plow in the December 2009 issue ('Recognize this sulky plow?'). I’m still not sure of its parentage. I have had a lot of calls and some letters. I also would like to thank all of these people. If I discover its true identity, I will let you know. Thanks again."
2/22/2010 10:09:52 AM
"In response to the letter ('No kid stuff, please!') in the February 2010 issue of Farm Collector where the writer did not like the story 'Straight to the Top' being in your magazine, but thought it should be in Toy Farmer magazine, I would like to respectfully disagree with his viewpoint. ..."
2/22/2010 10:01:36 AM
"I’m 81 and was a town kid, but during World War II we all had to help out on the farms. ..."
2/22/2010 9:55:41 AM
"In November, my boys, Dave and Rick, my 2-year-old grandson, Isaac, and I attended the 'going-out-of-business' auction at Balik Implement, an IH-Case dealership in Spillville, Iowa, that had been in business since 1924. ..."
2/22/2010 9:49:54 AM
The letter from M.F. Moulzolf-Heinen in the February 2010 issue of Farm Collector (“Could this be a spreader?”) generated a large response from readers who unanimously answered “no” to that question. The piece in question is in fact a bluegrass stripper. Many readers have vivid memories of personal experience with just such a piece.
2/8/2010 2:46:05 PM
Lloyd Seman became involved in the Darke County Steam Threshers, and he also owned a 1904 Case steam engine and an Advance.
2/2/2010 3:53:46 PM
Michigan man helped found steam engine club, while Minnesotan worked on and wrote about steamers.
1/20/2010 10:17:24 AM
“Along with the order for the show guide, I’m sending a picture of my husband’s pulling tractor – a 1948 John Deere. …”
1/20/2010 10:13:23 AM
“I appreciated the ‘Belt Basics’ article in the January 2010 issue as to the makeup of various belts. I would like to add the following information. …”
1/20/2010 10:09:42 AM
“… I need to know what color it was painted, if anyone has an owner’s or operator’s manual they would see, and any information on how the terrace maker was used.”
1/20/2010 10:04:45 AM
“This wooden corn planter has wooden drums for wheels that measure 8 by 28 inches. … I am looking for information and pictures to guide me in restoring it.”
1/15/2010 2:13:24 PM
Lyle Hoffmaster had a lifelong love of machinery. He plowed with Oliver tractors as a student, and later exhibited a Reeves steam engine.
12/28/2009 11:09:33 AM
"While my husband, Jon, and I went on a trip to Oleola, S.D., from Gilman, Minn., Jon’s nephew, Ryan Heinen (an assistant manager on a bison preserve), asked us what these two pieces were for since we both grew up on farms. We don’t know!"
12/28/2009 11:05:12 AM
"Here are two photos of the loader tractor we built. ..."
12/28/2009 10:29:10 AM
"I got some directions wrong in the story I wrote about the Johnston Harvester Co. in the December 2009 issue of Farm Collector, as pointed out by Mike Otis who, I presume, lives in the area. ..."
12/28/2009 10:23:58 AM
"I have enjoyed Farm Collector for many years without a complaint. I was greatly disappointed that you chose to run a feature story that belonged in the Toy Farmer magazine. 'Straight to the Top' in your December issue was great; it was just in the wrong magazine. ..."
12/28/2009 10:17:48 AM
"... I have no idea what the car could possibly be, but it appears to be a unique chassis and parts of a motor that I assume are the same vehicle. Can anyone identify the car and possible year(s)?"
12/24/2009 11:20:05 AM
Scratch-built marine engine finds a home in a great old boat.
12/2/2009 4:22:21 PM
“Does anyone have any information about who built the engine in this Sageng thresher?”
12/2/2009 4:17:39 PM
“I inherited this rototiller and haven’t been able to locate the manufacturer’s nametag. I’ve been trying to determine the machine’s manufacturer and age.”
12/2/2009 4:07:38 PM
“I am trying to find out more about this tool. It is some kind of hoe, but what is it used for?”
12/2/2009 4:00:41 PM
“I bought this aluminum sign for Dr. Simonsen’s dog food at an auction about 10 years ago. ... Can anyone tell me more about the product or company?”
12/2/2009 3:57:33 PM
“I recently was given a 2-wheel garden tractor. ... I would appreciate hearing from anyone who has information on this piece or restoration tips.”
12/2/2009 3:49:53 PM
“... There is an excellent collection of edged tools in the Canton Historical Museum in Collinsville, Conn.”
12/2/2009 3:44:04 PM
Looking for information on reel lawn mowers.
12/2/2009 3:21:15 PM
“Love your magazine. I am 70 years young, so I remember a lot of these tractors. ...”
11/19/2009 3:34:14 PM
"Two articles in the September 2009 issue of Farm Collector really struck a chord and brought back fond memories of my early years. ..."
11/19/2009 3:28:44 PM
"In Indiana it’s pretty flat, so if you want to go sledding you’ll have to look hard for a hill or – as we did – just use the pony. ..."
11/19/2009 3:23:41 PM
"Does anyone know the manufacturer of this harrow?"
11/19/2009 3:19:30 PM
"I have also restored a Massey Ferguson 150 and I use it on our family ranch in south Texas. When I found the old girl she had been painted a light gray and was pretty rusted out; the fenders and hood were pretty much gone. But the tractor ran and it was the size that I needed and the price was right. ..."
11/19/2009 3:13:19 PM
"Regarding Paul Short’s letter in the October 2009 issue of Farm Collector, the wrench looks like one we used to turn the adjusting nut on tracks of D7 and D8 Caterpillars. ..."
11/19/2009 3:05:59 PM
"I bought a sulky plow recently and am unable to find a brand or name on it. It has a broken part that I need to replace or repair. It would help if I could find out the brand. ..."
11/19/2009 3:00:56 PM
"Just to follow up on the article on my combine in the January 2009 edition of Farm Collector, I am sending a photo of the John Deere 45 combine working in the field with a couple of new John Deere combines owned by Van Orden Brothers Farms. ..."
11/5/2009 11:53:26 AM
With the passing of Glenn Karch, the gas engine community loses one its finest.
10/28/2009 10:23:08 AM
Seth Darwin McKitrick, 19, of Maine, N.Y., died unexpectedly Aug. 1, 2009, in Windham, N.Y.
10/28/2009 10:13:54 AM
Old photos of a 1-3/4 HP United engine and an old lawnmower.
10/27/2009 9:48:56 AM
"I purchased this grain mill head at a yard sale. The seller didn’t know anything about it. ... Any information would be helpful."
10/27/2009 9:24:36 AM
"Always interested in aviation ... My wife and I attend the best of both worlds on Labor Day weekends: the Midwest Old Threshers Reunion in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, and the Antique Airplane Assn. & Airpower Museum Fly-In, west of Ottumwa, Iowa."
10/27/2009 9:15:14 AM
"I spent many hours plowing in the spring on Saturdays and days off from school. The TE-20 would go fast enough with two bottoms to bend a plow point should you hit a stump. My dad slowed me down after about three trips to town to get a plow point straightened at the blacksmith shop."
10/27/2009 9:10:22 AM
"In my youth I remember seeing a small tractor used in gardens and truck patches called Mighty Mite. ..."
10/27/2009 9:06:47 AM
"I think I have the answer for Kevin and Sarah Banks ... GE didn’t make farm equipment, but they did make large portable generators on 4-wheel trailers."
10/27/2009 8:58:36 AM
"I have tried many avenues for finding livestock signs but my best resource has been a long-term advertisement in Farm Collector."
9/24/2009 3:05:31 PM
Paul Weber, 921 Logan Lick Road, Winchester, KY 40391-8781; (859) 744-7793, dug through his files after seeing an auction ad listed on page 29 of the January/ February 2006 issue. We liked the photo so much, we decided to put it on the cover. Paul writes:
9/24/2009 2:41:08 PM
Judging by the scant replies, last issue’s “mystery” engine was a real head scratcher. In fact, only one response guessing to its identity came through, from regular contributor Gary Yaeger, Kalispell, Mont.
9/24/2009 1:16:07 PM
Steam engine hobby enthralls teenage sisters, who are perfectly at home at threshing demonstrations, readying and operating machines at exhibitions.
9/18/2009 4:58:27 PM
Steam engine made by George White and Sons Co. of London, Ontario, Canada, was no mystery to readers who identified it in photo.
9/18/2009 4:46:19 PM
An Advance 30 HP cross-compound engine makes big impression on a child. Years later, he owns it – and treasures friendship with its former owner.
9/18/2009 4:33:31 PM
An Advance, Keck-Gonnerman, and Gaar-Scott take turns at separator. A Rumely Model R OilPull helps Advance-Rumely complete journey. We have these letters and more!
9/10/2009 1:32:27 PM
A Waterous engine was the mystery steamer featured in the last Spalding’s Corner, and fittingly enough, a Canadian identified the Canadian steam engine.
9/4/2009 2:44:07 PM
Reader guesses that make of mystery steam engine in last Spalding’s Corner column was either a Frick or Geiser.
9/4/2009 2:22:21 PM
Letters touch on Case steam rollers, a scale model Wood Bros. engine, Geiser Mfg. Co. traction engines, a 1910 Huber and the oldest Rumely.
8/28/2009 2:30:33 PM
Readers share photos, news and reminisces covering a variety of steam engines. Brands represented include Case, Gaar-Scott, Advance-Rumely, Baker, Russell, and Nichols & Shephard.
8/27/2009 3:41:57 PM
Mystery steam engine in photograph proves too difficult to identify for readers and editors.
8/27/2009 1:58:31 PM
Readers share images from a Minneapolis Threshing Machine catalog, photos of model steam engines, and more in our Past and Present mail roundup.
8/26/2009 9:43:15 AM
Eddie Romick found this item stored with mowing implements. Does anyone know what it is?
8/26/2009 9:39:54 AM
“The Sam Moore article on binder work in the August 2009 issue of Farm Collector was of interest and has Mr. Moore’s usual factual accuracy. There were, however, some incorrect photo captions.”
8/26/2009 9:24:34 AM
“I really enjoy every copy of Farm Collector. I wouldn’t think of ever being without it.”
8/26/2009 9:18:20 AM
In an August 2009 Farm Collector article, the caption for the first Farmall Regular sold in row-crop configuration misidentifies part of the tractor.
8/26/2009 9:03:58 AM
“I am trying for find three lamp sockets for my IH tractor panel lamps.”
8/26/2009 8:59:11 AM
What was this wrench used for?
8/25/2009 3:17:46 PM
Readers look back at days of machines like a Case return-flue and a 16 HP Nichols & Shepard Steam Engine.
8/6/2009 11:54:35 AM
"We need help figuring out how this horse-powered, sweep-type unit for a hay press/baler works."
8/6/2009 11:48:06 AM
Is there a link between General Equipment and General Electric?
8/6/2009 11:38:28 AM
Looking for fellow wagon shoe collectors.
8/6/2009 11:35:03 AM
"I have some paper collectibles showing a Hickman wagon made in Hickman, Ky., by Hertweck, Baltzer & Co. ... How might one identify a Hickman wagon?"
7/28/2009 5:12:44 PM
Gas engine collector Eugene L. Abernathey, 59, Brandon, Iowa, passed away in April following a sudden illness.
7/28/2009 5:08:54 PM
Gas engine enthusiast Bud Motry passed away April 2008.
6/24/2009 1:33:45 PM
Dwight Brown found this hay baler in a fence row in northeastern Arkansas, but knows very little about it.
6/24/2009 11:36:21 AM
"Does anyone know what this is?"
6/24/2009 11:26:18 AM
“... the picture shows an Allis-Chalmers semi-mounted PTO-driven side-delivery rake.”
6/24/2009 10:51:49 AM
More on the Topeka Hi Way mower, thanks to readers.
6/18/2009 5:03:26 PM
Shared name sparks interest in company, new friendships.
6/18/2009 4:55:49 PM
Farm Collector article sparks memories of logging.
6/18/2009 4:45:51 PM
Looking for information on the D.M. Sechler CGE Co., Moline, Ill.
6/18/2009 4:42:46 PM
"I am trying to restore a No. 30 Syracuse walking plow to original condition. The handles are gone and I am baffled as to how they were anchored. ..."
6/18/2009 4:38:25 PM
"I’ve written to Jim Luke, who wrote a letter to the editor, to tell him that what he has is a seed potato cutter. ..."
6/18/2009 4:31:40 PM
"I’ve been getting Farm Collector for several years but lately I’ve been putting off sending in my renewal. ..."
6/16/2009 11:47:56 AM
“I have just read the April 2009 issue of Farm Collector. Three stories brought back memories. ...”
6/16/2009 11:34:15 AM
Retired farmer creates tractors from sewing machines in spare time.
6/16/2009 11:29:25 AM
Collector would like to hear from others interested in Massey Ferguson 150 tractors.
6/16/2009 11:06:39 AM
Circa-1920s photo shows an old mower, a homemade Model T truck, a Model A and a Canary grass header.
6/16/2009 11:00:14 AM
“I have an engine that I can’t find the make of. ...”
6/16/2009 10:56:46 AM
Response to April 2009's letter about the identity of an old thresher found by members of the Washington-based Lewis-Clark Antique Power Club.
6/16/2009 10:47:25 AM
“Does anyone know who made this? It has a transmission, two forward and one reverse. ...”
6/16/2009 10:44:29 AM
“... I would like to know who made this machine or any information about it.”
6/16/2009 10:30:15 AM
“The picture of a Model A Ford homemade tractor takes me back to World War II days. ...”
6/16/2009 10:21:17 AM
Found 1870s Studebaker Bros. Mfg. Co. wagon warranty while tearing down a farmhouse.
6/9/2009 4:40:16 PM
Here are some photos and specifications for two Ohlsson & Rice Tiny Tiger Model 350 miniature generator sets.