Letters To The Editor


| June 2002



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Wheel manure spreader

Grain drill research

I am doing research concerning the 'Blunt Succor Grain Drill,' patented by Robert Blunt and manufactured by John L. Ashurst starting in about 1873. It is described as 'the best on the market,' by a book called the History of Menard and Mason Counties, Illinois. Does anyone have any information or articles on this subject?
- Marilyn Richards, 16815 La Mota Way, Winter Garden, FL 34787; e-mail: Httledebbie79@aol.com

Unknown planter

I am seeking information regarding a front-mounted, 2-row corn planter for an 'H' tractor. I recently purchased such a planter and do not know whether I have all the parts or how to install and use it. I want to attach the planter to an 'H' that I recently restored, so my son, David, and I can take them to the annual Pioneer Power Show in July in West Branch, Mich. If anyone has a picture, it would give us some idea of what we have or don't have.
- Roger Bowen, 4530 Maple Ridge Rd., Sterling, MI 48659; (989) 654-3249

Wycof and Tuttle Reaper query

I have an old reaper manufactured in Perry, N.Y., that I am restoring. The name 'Wycof and Tuttle' is cut into the cast drive wheel, the patent date is March 1883, and the cutting bar measures 4 1/2 to 5 feet. I would like to know the original color and the material used for the platform, which is missing.
- Robert Thomas, 44046 S. D. Hwy. 44, Marion, SD 57043

Keystone thresher gift

Our New Zealand machinery club has been given substantial remains of a Keystone thresher that we are restoring. We can find no details locally or on the Internet. Does anyone have information regarding the history, or a handbook?

Also, would anyone have drawings of the insides of tin threshing mills of the 1930s, as set up for work? We would like to use one in a threshing display for the city of Dunedin's annual fair. Thank you.
- Ernie Bell, 199 Gordon Road, Mosgiel, New Zealand 9007; e-mail: ernie.bell@xtra.co.nz

Color specifications sought on Oliver plow

My sister gave me a right-handed, one-way Oliver plow that needed handles, which I obtained from Alfred Egbers in Uehling, Neb. I want to paint the plow to make it look new and use it as a yard ornament, but I don't know the original color. I would appreciate any information on this plow's color.
 - Sandi Dai, 22917 250th St., Underwood, 1A 51576; e-mail: sandicow@ne.uswest.net