| March 2004

Lowdown on cotton hoe down

Here are two views of our cotton hoe, minus the wheels and hoes. If any readers can help us identify what the hoe should look like or where we might find information, we would really appreciate it. Thank you very much.

- Donald and Louise Smith, e-mail: donald_louise@earthlink. net

To twist or not to twist? An easy question to answer

Of the many magazines we receive, Farm Collector is the first one I read - even amidst all the other mail. At 67, I remember using many of the items described in your magazine and still use some of them.

I was amused by the conflicting ideas recently about why drive belts were twisted between tractor and thresher. Both reasons were right. Of course the belt had to be twisted to run the thresher the right way, but there were some machines that were designed the other way, so the belt had to run straight.

We had a sheller that sometimes was belted up from one way or the other, depending on the buildings in the way, etc. When it was run straight, the belt was much more likely to flop off when you threw a large shovel of ears in at once, especially if there was wind. The two halves of a twisted belt were a steadying force against each other, and if you think about it, the amount of belt wrap on both pulleys was slightly greater for traction on a twisted belt.

- Harlan Murley, 2852 150th St., Aurora, IA 50607