This great pairing comes thanks to Randy
Schwerin, 3040 160th St., Sumner, IA 50674. Randy
Roger Koob bought this early # 1 Birdsell alfalfa and clover
huller last fall from Jerry Saunders of Beecher, Ill. With a little
TLC on the part of the Koobs, the huller was brought back to
Pulling the huller is the 1893 10 HP Nichols & Shepard
traction engine (serial number 4632) I bought last fall from the
Mattson family of Goldendale, Wash. The little Nichols spent its
entire life in Klickitat County, Wash., the Mattsons being only the
second owners of the engine.
Thanks to unseasonably warm and dry weather in December, we
decided to make a test run and have a little fun here on the farm.
On Dec. 7, 2002 we steamed up the engine, belted to the huller and
ran several bales of quality alfalfa hay through the rig. The
outfit ran flawlessly, much to our delight.
We’ve already made plans for showing these pieces during the
show season, and we’ll be sure to let everyone know when and
where they’ll be shown.