| September 2002

The genius of pioneer inventors can confound us. Countless contraptions that revolutionized farming in the 19th and early 20th centuries have become contemporary curiosities, or even mysteries. Here are three sent in by readers. Do you know what they are?

July's mystery tools

A. & B. Seed corn grader and 1871 Haworth checkrow planter reel and rope owned by Harold Jehle of Baldwin City, Kan. At deadline, 11 readers had identified the grader, which separated kernels by sizes for use as seed in the old plate-type planters. The galvanized hopper was filled with shelled corn and the handle cranked slowly as the seeds dropped through the holes according to size, and into separate buckets. Seven readers identified the check-row planter reel and rope. The rope had metal 'buttons' or knots every so many inches, usually about 40 inches. The knots were pulled through a tripping mechanism on the planter that dropped seed into furrows. This device planted corn in a pattern so it could be cultivated from various directions; later versions used wire instead of rope.

C. Threshing machine cylinder wrench with tooth straightened, sent by Jim Moffet of Modesto, III. Seven readers identified the wrench, which loosened or tightened nuts holding cylinder teeth in place. The socket on the end, bottom, is reversed so one can stick the wrench down between the bars and come back up onto the nut on the bottom of the tooth. The wrench also ratchets; the spot below the socket is where the ratchet is. The top end, closest to the letter 'C,' is for straightening teeth. It slips over the tooth.


Farm Collector April 16Farm Collector is a monthly magazine focusing on antique tractors and all kinds of antique farm equipment. If it's old and from the farm, we're interested in it!

Save Even More Money with our SQUARE-DEAL Plan!

Pay now with a credit card and take advantage of our SQUARE-DEAL automatic renewal savings plan. You'll get 12 issues of Farm Collector for only $24.95 (USA only).

Or, Bill Me Later and send me one year of Farm Collector for just $29.95.

Facebook Pinterest YouTube


Copyright 2018, All Rights Reserved
Ogden Publications, Inc., 1503 SW 42nd St., Topeka, Kansas 66609-1265