The Old Steam and Gas Club’s New Holland Model SP-166 baler after restoration.
The evolution of hay baling equipment was celebrated in a unique display put on last summer by the Old Steam and Gas Club, Adamsville, Ohio. The handsome display featured a 1908 Ohio Cultivator stationary baler and a New Holland self-propelled baler, both completely restored.
The stationary baler originally came from Bellvue, Ohio; the New Holland from Muskingum County, Ohio. Both underwent extensive restoration by members of the Old Steam and Gas Club, which owns the pieces. New wood rails and carriers were made for the stationary baler. More extensive restoration was needed for the New Holland. Hay bales had been left in the bale chamber for 10 years so the chamber had extensive rust damage, and several replacement parts were needed.
Restoration of both pieces was complete in time for the 2007 summer show season. The pair was displayed at the Muskingum County Fair in Zanesville, Ohio, and then at the Old Steam and Gas Club's show in September.
For more information: Zane Hittle, Dresden, Ohio; (740) 754-1273.