Letters to the Editor

McDonald Pitless antique scale prompts questions

| July 2007

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I found a very interesting scale on my farm. It sat on a cement pad outside our barn and had wood and steel rails as to drive a wagon over with crude cement ramps. It is encased in a very primitive wooden box. I had to save it as it had been weathered and worn; now it sits in my entryway. It is such a conversation piece but I have not been able to find any information on it.

On the scale, it says, "Moline Plow Co. McDonald Pitless Scale Branch Stoughton, Wis." At some point there were letters in white on the front and back of the cabinet, but I cannot make them out. It goes to 8,000 pounds. The scale works and is in great shape. But I cannot find a date of manufacture nor do I know anything about it. I assume this was utilized by several farmers in the surrounding community, as I cannot imagine it being used by just one farmer.

I am interested in this as we have just been selected to be on the annual all-Iowa barn tour and received an award of distinction for restoring our huge barn. If anyone has information on this, let me know. My husband and my dad both receive Farm Collector and so enjoy it, as do I.

- April Dwyer
774 480th St.
Linn Grove, IA 51033
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