PERFECT PAIRING

10 HP Nichols & Shepard

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This great pairing comes thanks to Randy Schwerin, 3040 160th St., Sumner, IA 50674. Randy writes:

Roger Koob bought this early # 1 Birdsell alfalfa and clover huller last fall from Jerry Saunders of Beecher, Ill. With a little TLC on the part of the Koobs, the huller was brought back to life.

Pulling the huller is the 1893 10 HP Nichols & Shepard traction engine (serial number 4632) I bought last fall from the Mattson family of Goldendale, Wash. The little Nichols spent its entire life in Klickitat County, Wash., the Mattsons being only the second owners of the engine.

Thanks to unseasonably warm and dry weather in December, we decided to make a test run and have a little fun here on the farm. On Dec. 7, 2002 we steamed up the engine, belted to the huller and ran several bales of quality alfalfa hay through the rig. The outfit ran flawlessly, much to our delight.

We've already made plans for showing these pieces during the show season, and we'll be sure to let everyone know when and where they'll be shown.