Farm Collector Blogs >

Old Iron Questions

What was this Used For?

Photo by Gary Tennant

Photo by Gary Tennant

Photo by Gary Tennant

I am sending photos of machinery purchased at an auction 35 years ago in northern Michigan. No one I know has seen one before or knows exactly what it was used for. As best I could figure, it was some kind of clod buster but after trying it out, it worked poorly, which may explain its unworn condition. It came with big screw-down grease cups. The brass tag fastened to the frame almost appears hand-fabricated (note the irregular corners on the ends). A nice set of runners on the back suggests that it may have been skidded to the field and flipped over to use. If anyone knows what this was used for, please let me know.

Gary Tennant, Ortonville, Michigan

Editor’s note: What do you say, readers? Any of you recognize this piece? Drop us a line and let us know what you think!

Send letters to: Farm Collector Editorial, 1503 SW 42nd St., Topeka, KS 66609; fax: (785) 274-4385; e-mail:

Anybody Recognize This Piece?

Photos by Marvin Ball

This piece is part of my collection. I’ve collected over 75 years. Along with Model A’s and Model T’s, also John Deere, Fordson and flat-head Fords.

Can anyone identify this item? It is made of wood. The only marking is American W…. It appears to chop at an angle. The piece measures 34 by 14 by 5 inches.

Marvin Ball:


Old-fashioned know-how and experience got the job done


Ken Bolton in the July 2020 issue of Farm Collector questioned how the outside-the-barn operator could effectively trip a load of hay. My father and I put up loose hay well into the 1960s. He maintained that cows preferred the loose hay. I never surveyed the cows about that. We used slings instead of a fork. Because there was just the two of us, I would drive the tow rope with the tractor, and my father would trip the load from the ground. My father could place these loads with a bombardier’s accuracy. So, in our case, the answer was simple: old-fashioned know-how and experience.

Then, came the worst part - moving the hay to the sides of the loft. I still shudder at the memory of the heat and dust.

Curt Strum via email


Readers, can you help?


Readers, can you help?

Can anyone identify this item? On the front bar, it says Made in Canada Pat Pend. What would it have been used for?

Joe Greiwe, 206 Albers St., Batesville, IN 47006

Editor’s note: Can anyone help Joe with this?

Anyone recognize this running gear?


I need some help to identify this running gear. The hub on the rim says Stahmer. I don’t know if the color is correct.

Tom Grenawalt,

10118 W. St. Rd. 213,

Beloit, WI 53511; phone (608) 289-8552; email:

Can anyone help with details on Fleury piece?


I purchased this machine on a virtual auction without knowing what I was buying and was surprised at how big it was when I came to pick it up. It is such a beautiful piece just to look at and a lot more interesting since I have read Bruce Fleury's article on Joseph Fleury's short life in Farm Collector (March 2003). Unfortunately, except for one front plank, I have no idea what parts are missing or how this machine was operated and when it was built.

I am sending you these pictures, hoping that a reader can help me identify this magnificent machine still standing on its original legs after 100 years (I believe). On top of one of the legs, 2135 is stamped; on the side of the machine, SG4 is stamped. Any help will be appreciated.

Jean-Marc Charlebois, Gatineau, Quebec;

Could this Toy be a Field Marshall?


Your article on the Field Marshall tractor (Farm Collector, June 2020) got me thinking about a toy model I got at an estate sale several years ago. It is like the Field Marshall in lots of ways, but different. There are no markings of any kind on the model. It is 9 inches long and 4-1/2 tall at the hood. Is this an actual tractor model? If so, what brand?

Don Loyd, Fort Worth, Texas; email:

Editor’s note: What do you toy collectors say? Could this be a Field Marshall?

Send letters to: Farm Collector Editorial, 1503 SW 42nd St., Topeka, KS 66609 • fax: (785) 274-4385 • email: • online at:


Farm Collector April 16Farm Collector is a monthly magazine focusing on antique tractors and all kinds of antique farm equipment. If it's old and from the farm, we're interested in it!

Save Even More Money with our SQUARE-DEAL Plan!

Pay now with a credit card and take advantage of our SQUARE-DEAL automatic renewal savings plan. You'll get 12 issues of Farm Collector for only $29.95 (USA only).

Or, Bill Me Later and send me one year of Farm Collector for just $34.95.

Facebook Pinterest YouTube