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Hand-tying baling wire

A friend purchased this unit for me at an auction in Martinsburg, W.Va., and now it's in Texas. Mounted on a sawhorse-type frame, 9 to 10 feet long, it is used to make baling wire for hand-tied hay bales.

On the end with the turning handle a piece of wire is looped over the hook and held by pushing the lever down with the left-hand and turning the handle with the right-hand, making a twisted loop. The other end of the unit is used by raising the clamping part and inserting wire, then pushing down the clamping bar. This removes the kinks and straightens the wire. While the wire is tight, push the cutter bar down and it cuts the wire. I've tried it and it works great, but I can see where you could spend a lot of wintertime hours making wire for the summer hay season.

There are no names on the unit, just single-digit casting numbers. Does anyone know the name of the manufacturer, or where this might have been made?

- Raymond Fenley
640 Jernigan Road
Copper Canyon, TX 75077
(940) 241-2700

Memories of a multi-feature "Monkey's Paw"

Some 70 years ago, my father and I went to the sale at the Norton (Kan.) Sale Barn. A traveling man sat outside at a small workbench, making this kitchen gadget he called a "monkey's paw." Dad bought one for my mother, and I still have it. His bench had jigs on it to make every twist and bend on that gadget, and the man made one for you in a few minutes.

He had a good line on all the things it could be used for. I can only remember about three: You could use it to remove hot jars from the boiler while canning; flip the handle over 360 degrees and use the back of the "paw" to remove hot pans or cans without handles; and remove boiled eggs from hot water by holding the "paw" end and cradling the egg in the handle end.

I hope this answers some of the questions asked by Michael Cregar (Farm Collector, August 2005, page 6). There should still be some monkey's paws around, as he was doing a good business the day he was here.

- Glenn Schulze
Norton, Kan.

Looking for copies from an engine catalog

Do any of the readers know of anyone who might own a copy of the 1908 Fairbanks, Morse & Co. General Catalog No. 60? I would like to have photocopies of a couple of pages.

- Dr. Charles C. Smith
Geological Survey of Alabama
420 Hackberry Lane
P.O. Box 869999
Tuscaloosa, AL 35486
(205) 247-3609
fax: (205) 349-2861
e-mail: ccsmith@gsa.state.al.us

Stumped by a Timken Bearings Co. lawn tractor

I have a small lawn tractor made by Timken Bearings Co. The tractor stands nearly 3 feet tall. There is a panel on it that says something about a mowing deck, but I know that it has a sickle mower on it. The small tractor also has a hand lift on it. It has only two gears: forward and reverse. I have modified it a little. I put an 8 hp motor on and a tin hood so that the rain won't get into it. I have done a little research on it. It had a hit-and-miss motor and a fold-up hood. I would like more information on how it is supposed to look and how it is supposed to go together.

- Adam Noah
517 Small Road
Biscoe, NC 27209

What did it press?

This is a Hubbard section press. That's the name on the wood frame of this piece. It was patented on June 17, 1886 (as indicated on the frame). Can anyone tell me what this item is, and what it was used for?

- A.A. Atherton Sr.
5439 FM 1569
Farmersville, TX 75442

Plow stumps reader

This is a five-disc plow. Thee discs are 36 inches in diameter, and the disc hubs and wheel hubs are Weavers. Any information from readers would be helpful.

- Jerome Smolek
6948 N. 1150 W.
North Judson, IN 46366
(574) 896-3567

Winners have been named in drawings held at the Farm Collector tent at the Midwest Old Threshers Reunion, Sept. 1-5, at Mt. Pleasant, Iowa:

• 780 TL top-load blast cabinet from TP Tools: Mike Schulte, Mediapolis, Iowa.

• $100 gift certificate from Shepard's 2-Cylinder Parts: Don McKinley, Quincy, Ill.

• $50 gift certificates from Lee W. Pedersen: Linda McCarron, Dubuque, Iowa.

• $50 gift certificates from Lee W. Pedersen: Roger Barnes Jr., Ft. Myers Beach, Fla.

• One case of Strong Arm Spray from Morayo Enterprises: Steve Boros, Desoto, Ill.

• SCT 230 Minneapolis-Moline model from SpecCast: Joe C. Heath, Florence, Kan.

• SCT 239 Oliver 770 model from SpecCast: Albert Doege, Tonganoxie, Kan.

• Set of tap sockets from Richard E. Rulon: Charles Ishmael, Lawson, Mo.

• Set of tap sockets from Richard E. Rulon: Don Tesar, Mt. Vernon, Iowa.

• "Lathe Learnin'" instructional videos from Precision Measurement Supply: Pat Haffner, Fort Madison, Iowa

• "Lathe Learnin'" instructional videos from Precision Measurement Supply: Edward E. Schulte, Mexico, Mo.

Thanks to all who stopped by our tent to enter the drawings, and to these Farm Collector advertisers for their generous donations!


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