Letters to the Editor

Missing link: Fate-Root-Heath history

| April 2006

I'd like to add another complication to Sam Moore's question about Fate-Root-Heath history (Farm Collector, January 2006, page 5). He wanted to know whether there was an F-R-H tractor between Plymouth and Silver King. Now, I don't have a clue as to that, but I did buy and wear out a Silver King chainsaw in the 1950s. Pretty good saw, direct-drive and used the same Power Products engine that most saw makers were using. First saw I ever owned that would run on its side. Well, was it F-R-H connected? Anybody know? At the time I had the thing I was blissfully unaware there was or had ever been a Silver King tractor, I knew of F-R-H only through some industrial fans and blowers that carried that name. Or is that another chapter maybe?

Also, does anyone have any information on a regular Cadillac of a hand-powered corn sheller I'm trying to restore? Faintly on the wooden side you can make out "made by Sandwich." Pretty complicated machine as such things go, has a 2-foot flywheel with a rim of circular cross section. It's a basket case, and while I seem to have enough of the wood parts to restore it, I'd sure appreciate some help on just what it is supposed to look like. It's mostly wood and cast iron and of a design and construction that suggests the 1800s. Hope Sam finds his F-R-H missing link!

- Bob Good
11572 Highway 43 S.
Harrison, AR 72601