Volunteer restorer gives helping hand to Maryland museums by restoring old farm equipment
Howard Waterworth was raised on a Wisconsin family dairy farm, where he used farm implements like those he has since restored for farm museums in the suburbs of Washington, D.C.
A New Idea spreader restored by Howard Waterworth.
This PTO-driven John Deere potato digger dates to the early 1950s. “As the tractor pulled the digger forward, it forced the potatoes and dirt onto a chain belt, which knocked off the dirt and dropped the potatoes onto the ground to be picked up by hand,” Howard explains. “While this is a tractor-powered model, my grandfather still used a horse-drawn potato digger when I was an adolescent in the 1950s.”
This John Deere grain binder, powered by a three-horse team, cut cereal crops such as wheat and oats. It then delivered the cut grain to a mechanism that compacted the stems and tied a string around the center of the bundle before dropping it into a basket-like bundle carrier. “I spent many hours on a grain binder in the 1950s,” Howard recalls. “When six to 10 bundles were loaded onto the carrier, the operator dropped them in the field as a group, where they were later stood up as shocks to finish drying before they were hauled to a threshing machine.”
The potato digger, before restoration.
The binder before restoration.
This International Harvester hay tedder was pulled by two horses.
Good as new: Howard restored this McCormick-Deering corn binder.
This mechanical fruit sorter, part of the Sandy Spring Farm Museum collection, came from a West Virginia apple orchard. As an operator turned a hand crank, buckets of tree fruit were dumped on a moving belt equipped with various sized holes to grade the fruit by size.