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A Case of Old Iron Fever

Advance Rumely sawmill

I own a 1919 Advance Rumely 20-65 that my father and I restored in 1990. Its original owner was my wife’s great-grandfather, who purchased it new with a water tank and separator. I also restored the water tank.

I also have an Aultman & Taylor sawmill. I’m not sure when it was built, but it has to be before 1923, when Advance Rumely bought out Aultman & Taylor. I built a new carriage out of steel. It has Avery heavy knees. The original set works. I added the measurement wheel. 

I also restore tractors. This year I am doing a 1970 Cub Cadet 127. My father, Ervin Stencil, purchased it new on April 20, 1970. Last year I restored a 1952 Ford 8N. I’m also sending photos of a 1950s-era John Deere Model A, before and after restoration. It belonged to my stepfather, John. The 8N was also his.

I have a rare Oliver Industrial 88 diesel with a factory cab, Farmall 240, Case 530 and a Farmall A. My son, Steve, has my grandfather’s Farmall M. I have old iron fever.

Rick Stencil, Edgar, Wisconsin


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John Deere Model A before

John Deere model A after