For Nebraska Family Tractor Hobby Links Three Generations
It takes a little effort to restore, maintain and operate this fleet of Hart-Parrs, but at Shane Farms, it is all in a dayâ€šÃ"Ã´s work. From left: Farm Foreman Dennis Gentele and the 12-24, Todd Shane and the 18-36, Perry and his dad Kirk with one of the 28-50s, and Charles with the other 28-50.
The Hart-Parr 28-50 decal proclaims the company as the founder of the tractor industry.
This 1928 Model 18-36 Hart-Parr is the tractor that started it all for the Shane family of Atkinson, Neb. The machine is powered by a Hart-Parr 501-cubic-inch displacement 2-cylinder engine with a 6-3/4-inch bore along a 7-inch stroke. The engine is governed at about 800 rpm.
Shane Farmsâ€šÃ"Ã´ collection of fully restored cross-motor tractors. From left: 12-14 Hart-Parr, 18-36 Hart-Parr, two 28-50 Hart-Parrs, Rumely OilPull 20-35 M, Rumely OilPull 30-50 Y.
Baling hay the old fashioned way is one of Kirk Shaneâ€šÃ"Ã´s passions, so while Charles wows the crowd with his Rumely on the threshing machine, Kirk presses his daughter-in-law, Amber, and her husband, Perry, into service feeding the McCormick-Deering stationary baler.
Subtle but important details such as this original data plate offer plenty of good information about a specific tractor. That this plate is in such excellent condition after 75 years of exposure is phenomenal.
This 1936 Oliver Hart-Parr 70 made a nice 4-H restoration project when Perry was in high school. A decade ater, the tractor still looks like new â€šÃ"Ã¬ and like it could go right to work.
Perry enjoys taking the 1926 Rumely Model M for a spin after a rain shower has settled the dust. Rubber tread material on the rear wheels provides traction and makes the tractor more show-friendly.
In spite of his love of old Hart-Parr tractors, Charles says the Rumely Y is a definite favorite â€šÃ"Ã¬ and he looks for opportunities to hear the machine run.