A John Deere Windrower found in perfect condition after 40-year hiatus
Using patience, WD-40 and a power washer, Ken Perkins made this windrower look almost new, even after it spent 40 years in storage.
The still-serrated sickle bar on Ken’s windrower. He believes this sickle bar has never been used.
Windrowers are typically used to cut small grains like oats and barley that require additional curing time. After being placed in a windrow, the grain is dried before being harvested by a combine.
A side view of Ken’s PTO-driven 12-foot John Deere windrower that he dates to about 1955. Ken purchased the barely used windrower, which had been sitting in a barn for more than 40 years, in April 2010.
Ken with the John Deere AR he uses on the windrower.