What's really different is that the planter has six pegs on the wheels to vibrate the seed box. There is also a lever with 14 different settings to change the vibration levels from very soft to very hard. Can someone please help me find out more information about this unknown planter?
- Eugene W. Frey 13215 County Highway 95 Upper Sandusky, OH 43351 (419)273-2825
Hats off to 'Rusty Iron'
I always look forward to my next issue of Farm Collector. But what I really look forward to is Sam Moore's column, 'Rusty Iron.' They've always terrific, but the August 2003 column, 'Deering's Journey,' was superb. I learned more from that article than from much of what I read on a daily basis. Hats off to him. You have a wonderful writer there.
I do have a suggestion. The magazine should include the writer's and editor's e-mail addresses, much like on the 'First Things' column, so that the readers can directly correspond with the writer. Of course, they may not want to be encumbered with thousands of e-mails from readers. Nevertheless, many other publications do this as a normal practice.
- Lynn Vernon, 168 Garland Line Road, Dover-Foxcroft, ME 04426; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Editor's note: Contact information is provided for all writers who wish to be contacted.
My dad had this pulley block with a rope latch in his garage for many years. Its patent dates are July 9, 1889 and August 14, 1894. Its color is gray-green, and it's about 19 inches long. Does anyone have information about this mysterious pulley?
- A. Robert Thorson, 265 Humble Lane, Corvallis, MT 59828
Poetic justice for old iron
While attending a tractor show this summer, I found this poem tacked to a wall in an old farm machinery building in Millville, Pa. Touring this old International Harvester dealership was part of the show program at the big IH show at Bloomsburg, Pa. I think that this poem says it all about us collectors of old iron.
- Gene Preston, 319 Mill Run Drive, Rochester, NY 14626; (585)225-7218; e-mail: email@example.com
A 19th-century etching in Sam Moore's article, 'Deering's Journey,' Farm Collector, August 2003, was identified as an 1890 Deering horse-drawn reaper apparently coupled with a steam-powered separator. In fact, the strange-looking contraption is a then-futuristic sketch of a combination Little Giant separator and a straw-burning bakery. In the fore-ground of the drawing, people can be seen carting off wheelbarrows full of piping-hot bread straight from the dual-use, fantasy farm device.
Page 34 of the September Farm Collector mislabeled both the person and the machine in the article about Ford Motor Co.'s 100th anniversary. The actual tractor operator was Mac Heath of Pennsylvania, who was mowing his second cut with an old Ford 8N.
What's the wheel deal?
Can someone help me locate a supplier of east iron wheels for a horse-drawn finger mower. I had one until a friend had a slight accident, and the mule took flight and entered the stone yard, which smashed one wheel and damaged the second.
- Laurence Tree, Corner House, High Street, St. Dogmaels, Cardigon, Pembrokeshire, United Kingdom; 07778 753600 (days); e-mail: jet@sa4 3 3 nr.freeserve.co.uk
Editor's note: You might find what you want in the Gas Engine Magazine or Farm Collector classified ads section.
One of a kind?
Having read Farm Collector and watched RFD-TV for years, I have a question. Do I own the only International 240D Utility tractor ever made? I have never seen or read about them anywhere. I don't even know what year they were produced. I do know it has been a great tractor for the past 20 years. Does anyone have any information on what I believe to be a very rare tractor?
- jack Garner, 17758 Doty Road, Hat Creek, CA 96040
Plows on his mind
I collect old tractors, engines, tools and implements. Does anyone know about a couple of plows I own? The walking beam plow is an Oliver two-way plow. I had never seen a two-way beam plow before. I was wondering when it might've been built. The other picture is a two-bottom sulky plow. I would like to know the manufacturer of it. It has some part numbers on it, and they all start with HF and a star after the number. On the front, it has a plate with C27 on it, plus it says, 'This side up for 8 horse right or two horse left.' I would appreciate any information someone might have about these plows.
- Wayne Rogers, 16940 County Road 46, Tyler, TX 75704; (903) 597-6774