Iowa man restores his father's horse-drawn New Idea manure spreader
Louis and Deloris Klemm
A 1939 Model 10 New Idea manure spreader restored by Louis Klemm. "It was dad’s first spreader," Louis says. "He always used it with a team of horses. I started farming in 1963, and we used it until about 1970."
Bob Folk's spreader has the optional tractor lever attachment. When Bob bought the piece, it came with the original sales brochure from Barnett Implement.
Louis' New Idea spreader restoration started out as a bare bones project. At back: The Model 10 before restoration. "When the guy at the machine shop saw it, he said, 'You’ve got your work cut out for you,'" Louis recalls. The spreader in the foreground is a parts donor that he bought at auction.
The New Idea Co., based in Coldwater, Ohio, was a leading early manufacturer of manure spreaders. The company built its first spreader in 1899.