Old Farm Tools – What Is It? January 2011 Mystery Tools Answers
Answers to the January 2011 mystery tools
January Mystery Tool B. Device for grinding mower knives. Identified by Robert Scholz, Elmo, Mo.; William Reedy, Brandon, Iowa; Marshall Futhey, Rose Hill, Kan.; Alan Duffield, Browns Valley, Minn.; Harvey Dale, Lewiston, Idaho; and Fred W. Courser III. See patent 359,964.
Photo submitted by Vernon Betz, Golden, Colo.
January Mystery Item A. No positive identification but this piece was probably used to handle small bags, crates or boxes. Identified by G.A. Henderson, Williamstown, W. Va. (who cited page 240 in Dictionary of American Hand Tools); Fred W. Courser III, Concord, N.H.
Photo submitted by Jim Boblenz, Marion, Ohio
January Mystery Tool C. No positive identification on this item but a host of intriguing possibilities. Several readers pegged it as a box to hold wood chips in a barbecue. Others, though, recalled such boxes being used to hold hot briquets when warming engines in cold weather, to warm passengers in horse-drawn wagons and sleighs, or even for use near the bed on cold winter nights. Identified by Larry Peterson, Stacy, Minn.; Roger E. Larsen, Dalbo, Minn.; Noel Allard, Menahga, Minn.; Joseph W. Cramer, Burlington, Wis.; Dudley Newton, El Dorado, Calif.; James Nodsle, Sabin, Minn.; and Robert Scholz.
Photo submitted by Raymond Fenley, Copper Canyon, Texas
January Mystery Item D. Drive unit to pull false front end gates to silage wagons to the barn/ratchet jack for unloading material from old-style chopper wagons or boxes that were not self-unloading. Identified by John Harvey, Lawton, Iowa; Don Ede, Maynard, Iowa; Rob Deisemann, Strausstown, Pa.; Darold Krenz, Bemidji, Minn.; Gene E. Jerovitz, Kewaunee, Wis.; Homer L. Warner, Voorheesville, N.Y.; Darrell Langer, Marshall, Wis.; Dave Zylstra, Maple Lake, Minn.; Raymond Collins, Palm Bay, Fla.; Bill Rust, Gorham, Maine; Tom Larson, Charlotte, Vt.; Frank Baranoski, S. Deerfield, Mass.; Edward L. Drosehn, Peru, Mass.; W. Riley Hemingway, Freeville, N.Y.; John Neuser, Reedsville, Wis.; Ralph Farnsworth, New Haven, Vt.; Albert Mosher, Gorham, Maine; Larry Harpster, Pennsylvania Furnace, Pa.; Gordon Wolfel, San Antonio, N.M.; Glen Phillips, Freedom, N.Y.; Fred Miller, Arpin, Wis.; David C. Halstead, Cuba, N.Y.; Bernie Fenske, St. Charles, Minn.; Russell W. Crane, S. Woodstock, Vt.; Von Potts, Houston, Mo.; David G. Allen, Somers, Mt.; Diane and Roger Goodger, Milton, Wis.; Leander Wetter, Buffalo, Minn.; Bernard Geisel, Sturgeon Bay, Wis.; Alan Duffield; Harvey Dale; William Reedy; Fred W. Courser III.
Photo submitted by James Hutchcraft, Columbiaville, Mich.
Drive unit to pull false front end gates to silage wagons to the barn/ratchet jack for unloading material from old-style chopper wagons or boxes that were not self-unloading.