The double rake shown in What's the Purpose of this Unusual Rake?, from the January 2014 issue of Farm Collector is a self-cleaning lawn rake. Not a garden rake; they are usually metal toothed. When it is pulled backward the back set of teeth clean the front set so the operator never needs to stop raking to clean the rake. It was offered in 26-, 38- and 52-tooth rakes for 90 cents, $1 and $2, respectively. It is listed in the 1898 Peter Henderson Co. catalog of tools and implements for the garden, farm, greenhouse, lawn, orchard, poultry yard, stable and household.
George Wanamaker, Macomb, Ill.
Editor’s note: Keith Moe of Iowa also correctly identified the rake.
This drive unit could have been driven by air or steam. It measures about 16 inches long and 10 inches wide. It has a small chain sprocket. There are no markings of any kind. I am interested in any information on it.
37 Pennington Ave. SW,
Huron, SD 57350
This cast iron seat has been donated to the Eastern Washington Agricultural Museum. Does anyone know what tractor or implement it came from? There are two casting numbers on the basic unit: W 718 and W 717. W 554 is cast on the bottom of the seat. The foot is cast with No. 5.
David Ruark, Eastern Washington Agricultural Museum
Can anyone identify this planter? It is marked “Cole Mfg. Charlotte N.C.” I’d like to know the model and a parts diagram would be helpful so I can see what parts are missing. Any information would be appreciated.
Bob Saxton, 6892 Spaulding Road,
West Springfield, PA 16443;
phone: (814) 397-1335;
Does anyone know the purpose/use of this “double rake”? The teeth in front are stationary; the back row moves back and forth. There is no way to control the movement of the back row of teeth. The rake is about 6 feet long. The front row is 25 inches wide and the back row is 1 inch narrower. Thanks!
Clarence Gibbs, Inman, S.C.
When my grandfather bought the farm here in North Carolina in 1878, in the upstairs of the big barn was a threshing machine similar to that shown in these photos. There was a door in a stable downstairs where the belt from the horsepower went to the threshing machine. I remember, as a child, seeing the machine. It was light blue and larger than the one in the photo. I would like information about who made the thresher in the photo. I bought it at an estate sale.
Worth Pickard, 4820 Carbonton Rd., Sanford, NC 27330
I am looking for information on this unusual piece of old equipment. I have had this since the mid-1980s. It is powered by an attached 3 hp Fairbanks-Morse throttle governor engine. It came from the Delhi nursery in Cincinnati, Ohio, where it was once used for making mulch. It appears to be commercially made but I cannot find any identification plates or markings. Does anyone know anything about the builder or where the piece was built?
Doug Herd, (812) 852-4956; email: firstname.lastname@example.org