The practical, intriguing American devices contained in this handbook come from an era long before milking machines, pesticide sprayers, and industrial hay balers. Designed to speed and simplify everything from making your own butter to protecting drain outlets to organizing and storing tools, the easy-to-make mechanisms you’ll find here can be just as useful for today’s farmer as they were for frontier homesteaders.
Discover how to transform odds and ends—scraps of lumber from old building projects, leftover sections of barbed wire, the box spring sitting in the attic—into handy household implements. With the illustrated instructions here, you can make a movable nest for hens, a ribless boat, a contraption to extricate a mired animal, a farm cart with movable racks for larger roads, a wire fence tightener, a fruit picker, a grindstone set and frame, and much more. This book is perfect for the rancher, farmer, craftsman—anyone with a love of the rural life.
Bringing together the collective wisdom of a past generation of craftsmen, Old-Fashioned Toolmaking provides an in-depth record of the skills and techniques that made the mass production revolution of the 20th century possible. When first published in 1915, this book was an answer to a vast array of tool-room problems and explained many essential toolmaking operations. It includes timeless practices as well as some personally tailored methods by master toolmakers, including how to:
With detailed descriptions of every procedure, essential mathematical rules and calculations for use in the workshop, and a number of illustrative figures, this book stands as an invaluable reference for those with an interest in practicing hands-on toolmaking processes.
Author: Franklin D. Jones
A collection of magazine ads detailing Oliver tractors and farm equipment, Oliver Power shows the early history of the Oliver Company through magazine ads of the times. This is not an attempt to show the complete history of the company, but a look at some of the ads throughout their history. The ads included are from the personal collection of collector Tim Putt.
Author: Tim Putt
Get orange in action at the "All Allis" 15th Annual Upper Midwest A-C Collectors Club Show held on Larry Karg's farm near Hutchinson, Minn. Tractors and machinery of all ages, shapes and sizes - all in that beautiful Persian orange! They plow, combine wheat, bale straw and thresh. If you like Allis-Chalmers, you will love this production! 2006. Run time: 90 minutes.
As the 1900s began, the world looked forward with optimism yet a sense of anxiety. A technological and cultural revolution was at hand. In the United States, people sought someone who would provide power for the technologies becoming available. Providing Power for a New Age: The R&V Story tells of one, mostly forgotten, story of a company that rose to the challenge of creating this power. This book takes you through a chronological tale of the Root and Van Dervoort Engineering Company and The Moline Automobile Company. It will take you through beginnings and ends, strikes, and “The War to End All Wars,” until the company finally comes to its end. This book does not end there, however; it gives you a tour of the R&V factory, explains the lives of those people important to the R&V story, and gives you an in-depth look at the products this factory, and these people, created. Providing Power for a New Age: The R&V Story includes many never-before seen photos and illustrations. The R&V story may have once been nearly forgotten, but this book brings light back to an extraordinary legacy.
Author: Donald Paul, John Nikodym
In this thoroughly researched history, Graydon Meints tells the fascinating story of the railroad's arrival and development in Michigan. An engaging and accessible text, Railroads for Michigan describes the long-awaited and often-troubled advent of the railroad in the state, the building of which shifted from private to public efforts and back again, amid tumultuous social, business and political developments. The railroad would come to play a role in almost every critical event in Michigan's history, including the Civil War, the Granger Movement, and the Gilded Age, before beginning to wane following the arrival of the automobile, the Interstate Commerce Commission, World War I and the Great Depression. A brief growth spurt during World War II was short-lived, and it was followed by the collapse of several major railroads and the formation of Amtrak and Conrail. Looking ahead to the future of the railroad in the Great Lakes region, Meints assesses the strengths and shortcomings of this revolutionary invention. With careful attention to the personal impact of the railroad, Meints recognizes in brief biographies the many men and women responsible for the development and operation of Michigan railroads, as well as the triumphs, tragedies and spaces that shaped their lives and work.
Author: Graydon Meints
This authoritative book chronicles the complete story of the red combine’s impact on agriculture and society. Red Combines 1915–2015 includes photographs and details about every red combine built in the United States and abroad, and tells the story of the creation of the Axial-Flow combine, which was developed in a garage so secret only a few people knew it existed. The Axial-Flow combine was a technological leap that transformed the industry when introduced in 1977. The book covers the entire line of red combines, including the CBX, a top-secret mega-combine built in the 1990s. Authored by Lee Klancher and the team of talented contributors who created the award-winning Red Tractors 1958–2013, this thorough and entertaining book is another captivating volume sure to please fans of agricultural equipment and farm history.
Author: Lee Klancher
This authoritative history of International Harvester and Case IH tractors includes data and photos of every model built from 1958 to 2013, as well as in-depth information about how these tractors were designed and constructed. With interviews of engineers and executives, the book covers how the 40 and 60 series were created, and thoroughly covers the red tractors from the 1960s through the 1980s. The book also traces the innovations and struggles of the final days of International Harvester. The authors unearthed a treasure trove of concept drawings and photos of prototype machines to shed new light on how these tractors were created. The book includes the exciting story of the creation of the Case-IH Magnum, an innovative machine that blends some of the great engineering done by IH with the Cummins engine built by Case. The modern era of Case IH is also included, with the story of the creation of the Quadtrac as well as the entire line of tractors. With a mix of new photography of some of the most exceptional collectible models in existence along with hundreds of previously unpublished photographs, this thorough book is the most authoritative guide on red tractors ever published.
Within the pages of Red Tractors, 1958-2013, you'll find:
Author: Lee Klancher
Here is the book that finally unlocks the secrets that professional restorers have been using for years. It explains critical (and previously closely held) restoration techniques in a way that even the most uninitiated can understand and follow. Chapters cover boring and edge tools, planes (wood, wood-bottomed and metal), measuring tools, saws and other miscellaneous tools, as well as information on cleaning and refinishing. The author explains how to make a bow for a bow drill, how to make wedges for planes, how to replace vials in levels, and literally hundreds of other such invaluable instructions.
Author: Herbert P. Kean
Compiled by Machinery Pete, the Rust Book is the No. 1 source for actual auction prices on antique machinery manufactured between the 1920s and 1970s. It includes sales results on nearly 10,000 vintage tractors, implements and trucks, including a complete list of serial numbers and tractor test results. It gives specific information on the model number sold, the area it was sold, the condition of the equipment and any extra comments that contributed to the sale price. Includes lesser-known classics as well as John Deere, Farmall, Oliver, Allis-Chalmers, etc.
Take a hundred–year excursion into the past when all your wishes and whims could be found within the pages of a Sears, Roebuck, & Co. catalogue. Whether you lived in Manhattan, New York, or Manhattan, Kansas, a new camera, a grand piano, and even the latest medical supplies were only a mail order away with your Sears catalogue. Florida Water, Liquid Skin, hammer–less revolvers, bankers' shears, travelling bags, bridging telephones, and the Acme Triumph Six–Hole Steel Range (which was the "The Wonder of the Stove World" according to the ad copy) could all be had for reasonable prices.
In this compilation of the best collectibles from the 1905 through 1910 Sears catalogs, readers will find everything the early–twentieth–century American needed to outfit home, office, medicine chest, or craft workshop. A useful resource for artists, antiques dealers, and history buffs, this title is certain to make any reader feel nostalgic for simpler times. From the department introductions and the descriptions of Sears' warehouses and factories to the hundreds of merchandise–filled pages, readers will find treasures on every page of Sears, Roebuck, & Co.: Best Collectibles from the 1905–1910 Catalogues.
The Sears, Roebuck & Co. catalog was the Amazon.com of its day, giving American families across the country access to thousands of items, from clothing and furniture to buggies and hair tonic. Whether they could buy it or not, people would pore over the massive volume that was an icon of American retail. The 1908 Sears, Roebuck & Co. Catalogue offers an amazing look at life in early 20th-century America. Sears, Roebuck & Co. was the very definition of American retail innovation. As the company grew from humble beginnings, its catalog selection exploded to include categories that encompassed almost everything imaginable. With merchandise ranging from ordinary to fantastical (and almost all of it priced at the pennies-on-the-dollar rate of the time), this vintage collection is sure to provide an enjoyable browsing experience.
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