1939 New Idea Manure Spreader Restoration
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Tucked Away for Safekeeping: John Deere Model E hidden in barn for more than 60 years
We've all heard stories of a classic car or tractor that was bought new, used a little, and then for any number of reasons, tucked away in a barn. Bob Folk of Orcas Island, Wash., stumbled on to one of those finds and came up with a barely used manure spreader.
Bob's prize was a John Deere Model E horse-drawn manure spreader (serial no. 41977) that had been stored in a barn in Mount Vernon, Wash. The spreader had been sold new by Barnett Implement, a local John Deere dealer, used for two seasons, cleaned and put away … for more than 60 years.
John Deere built the Model E from 1932 to 1945. The rig was sold with a metal pole, metal neck yolk and wooden doubletree. Optional equipment included an end gate attachment, sloppy manure attachment, friction brake, tractor hitch and extended hand levers.
Known as the "original low down spreader," the Model E's hip sides made for easier hand loading with no high pitching. The spreader has a patented beater on the axle, eliminating one beater and chain. It has high rear wheels, spring-front bolsters, a uniformly level and tapered box to reduce friction and roller bearings at both ends of the beaters to help ease draft. The spreader was designed to be easily managed by two horses.
The spreader's wood and metal parts were sanded and painted. The wheel cleats were removed, salvaged and replaced with 1/2-inch rubber belting, allowing the piece to be towed on paved surfaces. The Model E is currently housed in the Cascade Two Cylinder Club's replica John Deere dealership building at Berthusen's Park, Lynden, Wash. FC
For more information: Bob Folk, 215 Timber Lane, P.O. Box 488, Eastsound, WA 98245; e-mail: email@example.com; phone (360) 376-4689.
For more information, contact Louis Klemm, 6857 Hwy. 224 N., Kellogg, IA 50135-8746; (641) 526-8267.
Leslie C. McManus is editor of Farm Collector. Contact her by e-mail at LMcManus@ogdenpubs.com.
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