| November 2004

This picture is of some of my recent exhibits at the New York Steam Engine Assn.'s 44th Annual Pageant of Steam in Canandaigua, N.Y., Aug. 12-15, 2004. Many 'old farmers' who have worked with hay carriers and corn shellers are glad to see these farm tools of the 1800s.

I read Farm Collector cover-to-cover as it arrives. Jim Moffet sure keeps up with 'What Is It.'

- Ron Bennett 1870 Strong Road Victor, NY 14564-9134

Retiring the tractors

I am 83 years old, and owned and operated a farm near Leola, S.D., before retiring at age 70. I have owned and seen many different models of tractors.

There was a tractor sold by Co-op that carried the Co-op name. It also was assembled using Dodge truck parts. I can remember talking to a farmer in the Mina, S.D., area who had recently bought a new one. He praised how well it handled, the amount of power it had and that he pulled his grain drill eight miles an hour. The framework on the tractors was built with an enormous amount of 3/8-inch steel plate. As for the Co-op tractors, I saw a custom haying outfit, with a fleet of them that they used to pull their side delivery rakes. I suppose they found them ideal for fast moves from job to job.

I remember one tractor, Grey, that never shows up in any of the old tractor publications. It didn't have separate rear wheels; instead, it had a big drum extending all the way across the rear.