A reader asks for help researching the company that made his antique stationary silage cutter, and another reader offers his recollections of a rare power mower attachment for Fordson tractors.
I recently purchased a stationary silage cutter and would like to restore it. The name 'Algoma Foundry & Machinery Co., Algoma, WI' is stenciled on the side of the frame. I have tried to find information on the company or the machine, but have had very little success. Can anyone help me out?
I am enjoying your magazine, but have a couple of questions. Has anyone besides me ever seen a Nelson tractor? When I was a boy, our neighbor had a Nelson tractor and a threshing machine. I am interested in the tractor. As well as I remember, they never used it for anything but threshing. It must have been a rare tractor because it’s the only one I have ever seen. I am 86 years old, so it was quite while ago.
My other comment is about the Fordson tractor. Someone said they never had any power take-off equipment, but this is not so. We had a Fordson and a power take-off mower. One removed the drawbar assembly and the mower bolted on in its place. One removed the nut on the end of the worm drive and a clutch affair bolted to the worm drive. If I remember right, the mower was called a Taco, made by the Detroit Machine Co. We knew some people that lived about 20 miles from us and they had same power mower. These two machines were the only ones I ever saw. They were one of the best mowers we ever used. We lived in the sandhillls of Nebraska and mowed 500 to 700 acres of grass hay every year.