Answers to August 2009 Mystery Tools


| October 2009

To view images of all four August 2009 mystery tools and accompanying patent illustrations, click the idividual items below or the Image Gallery link to the right.

A.  Dough-forming machine , as identified by George Wanamaker, Macomb, Ill., who came closest in calling the piece a pasta or noodle cutter. The device’s primary purpose was to cut strips of dough into blocks, and for pressing the blocks into thin sheets and rolling the sheets spirally. Photo submitted by Frank Brcka, Plymouth, Iowa. See patent 1,424,806 for a similar piece. 

B.  Harrow-disc sharpener , as identified by Virgil Cassill, Drakesville, Iowa; Stephen Clemens, Mazeppa, Minn.; Jake Ferrari, Newry, Pa.; and Verl Cutler, Claremont, S.D. Photo submitted by Gordon Harris, Pickett, Wis. See patent 552,999 for a similar piece. 

C.  Tool used to remove and replace sections on a sickle bar . It also has a saddle to place a guard when removing and replacing ledger plates. On the left end, the three slots could be used to remove and replace drive chain links.

“It’s a combination steel chain detacher (left end) and a riveting anvil for a sickle bar mower and/or binder,” says Robert Oldenkamp, Hawarden, Iowa. “This anvil could be used to drive out the old rivets from the sickle, and put in a new section and rivet it in place without removing the sickle from the machine.”

Identified by Robert Radtke, Clintonville, Wis.; Gary Wettschreck, Stacy, Minn.; Buck Evans, Ft. Lupton, Colo.; David Chambers, Lincoln, Neb.; Marlin Herbst, Merrill, Iowa; Howard Rowe, Scranton, Kan.; Raymond Garbee, Billings, Mo. (who notes that “at best, the device was a finger smacker”); Ken Zentner, Falls City, Neb.; A.R. Thorson, Corvallis, Mont.; D. Gatzemeyer, Lincoln, Neb.; Loren Diede, Navajo Dam, N.M.; Richard Fairgrieves, Belvidere, Ill.; Virgil Cassill; Dennis L. Cederquist, Montague, Mich.; Steve Lott, Minneapolis, Kan.; Don Ammons, Hoxie, Kan.; Glenn Wren, Kansas City, Mo.; P.T. Rathbone, Marsing, Idaho; Stephen Clemens; Lyle Olson, Faribault, Minn.; Kevin Ball via email ; Dale Marshall, Holt, Mich.; George Wanamaker, Macomb, Ill.; Dale H. Brumm, Sioux City, Iowa; Richard Johnson, Johnstown, Ohio; Dennis Hensley, Bennington, Kan.; Walter Wilkens, Albert City, Iowa; Alan Duffield, Browns Valley, Minn.; Harold Jehle, Baldwin City, Kan.; William J. Hildebeitel, Kempton, Pa.; Jerry Taube, Cannon Falls, Minn.; Jake Ferrari; C. Keith Kerr, Postville, Iowa; Robert Christians, Valley Center, Kan.; Galynn Ferris, Spring, Texas; Kenneth Messick, Williamsburg, Kan.; Willard Ottman, Lemmon, S.D.; Jack P. Reece, Ledyard, Iowa; Robert Thomas, Marion, S.D.; Ken Waits, Rushville, Ind.; Verl Cutler; Tom Janecke, Lake George, Mich.; Joel Croxton, LaPrairie, Ill.; Frank Kadinger, Colorado Springs, Colo.; James W. Stavros, Parshall, N.D.; Ed Oswald, Marysville, Kan.; Joel Blasius, Tea, S.D.; Terry M. Brown, Beach, N.D.; Lawrence D. Steele, Toledo, Ill.; James F. Bowdle, Columbus, Ohio; Joe Bronec, Canby, Ore.; George Kruse, Redfield, Kan.; Robert Holfinger, Covinton, Ohio; and John Biehl, Bridgewater, S.D. Photo submitted by Bud Lochen, Wausau, Wis.