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Handcrafted machinery maintains significant place on today’s farms 
Inside the August issue of Farm Collector, on newsstands July 17

FCM August 2012 Cover 

Iowa Man Handcrafts Unique Full-Size Gas Engines – A Sioux Center, Iowa, machinist builds gas engines from scratch without blueprints, using only his memory to guide him, including his pride and joy: a 4-cylinder, 50 hp engine.

Built-From-Scratch “Doodlebug” Keeps on Ticking An Idaho family still uses a homemade tractor converted from a Ford Model A during the Great Depression for tasks around the farm. Homemade tractors offered a more affordable alternative for farmers transitioning from horse-drawn power to mechanical motive power, and some still exist today.

Stanley’s Defiance Tool Line Offered Inexpensive Fixes on the Farm – Introduced in 1929 by the Stanley Tool Co., the Defiance line offered an inexpensive, yet quality, option to the type of hand tools used in approximately 90 percent of minor repairs and adjustments in the field.

Tractor Restoration Takes on Patriotic Theme The director of the National Fordson Club restores a “doodlebug” made with various Ford parts and from plans published by Popular Mechanics Press in the 1930s. He plans to paint the restored machine red, white and blue – a true Yankee Doodle(bug) Dandy!

Burrall Corn Sheller Delivered Advanced Technology A Michigan man, who counts more than 165 shellers in his collection, explores how and why the Burrall corn sheller boosted efficiency from the mid-1800s to the mid-1900s.

About Farm Collector 
Farm Collector ( is a monthly publication celebrating vintage farm equipment. Since 1998, Farm Collector has featured unique collections, extensive renovation projects, early farm practices and related attractions. Enthusiasts also turn to Farm Collector for previews of notable shows and auctions, and extensive classified advertising.

About Ogden Publications Inc.  
Ogden Publications Inc. ( is the leading information resource serving the sustainable living, rural lifestyle, farm memorabilia and classic motorcycle communities. Key brands include Mother Earth News, Natural Home & Garden, Utne Reader, Capper’s and Grit. Ogden Publications also produces environmentally friendly housewares through Natural Home Products LLC, and provides insurance and financial services through its Capper’s Insurance Service division.

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