Letters to the editor

| January 2004

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    This partially complete harvester knife sharpener is missing a gear
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    This old corn shredder may have been for gotten long ago
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    It's 2 1/2 feet tall and 4-foot wide with a gate on a wing nut.

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This is a harvester knife sharpener that I have, but I'm missing a gear that goes between the big gear and the small gear. I'm wondering if anyone might have a spare sharpener with the gear that I could use to get one cast.

This is the only one I've ever seen, but I'm sure there are others out there of this make. The patent date is July 16, 1872, which was cast on the frame. Any help would be appreciated. - Robert Rauhauser, P.O. Box 324, Thomasville, PA 17364

Steam engine belts: Experience is the best teacher

In the October 2003 Farm Collector on page 22, a caption says that Ed J. Wood's steam engine belt is twisted to prevent the wind from blowing it off the pulleys. I've put a lot of bundles in a thresher. The thresher's always down wind from the engine to keep the grain from being in the straw and the chaff from the blower pipe.

The reason for the twist in the belt is so the machine will be running in the right direction or rotation. Not all machinery turns in the same direction. It has nothing to do with the wind. - Charles Kleinhans, 3901 Madrona Lane, Medford, OR 97501

Shredder shrouded in mystery

Does anyone know any information about this International Harvester corn shredder that I found in an old building? I would like to know the age of it, its approximate value and any other information someone may know about it. - Earl Melkert, 33807 County Highway 27, Erhard, MN 56534

Cultivating family history

I recently acquired an antique one-row, horse-drawn cultivator. My grand father once owned it, and my father and uncles drove it in their younger years. Since it's a family heirloom, I'd like to restore it, but I don't have any idea what it looked like new.

Terry V. Brown
3/8/2009 6:44:01 PM

April Mystery Tools Item "B" is a tool for extracting/inserting primer caps on shotgun shells. Item "C" is a multiuse blacksmith/shop tool known as "Stewart Handy Worker" patented September 5 1916. Used as Anvil, Vise, Pipe Jaws can be inserted for use as pipe vise, Horizontal drill press. I own both of these tools


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