Answers to November 2009 Mystery Tools


| January 2010

To view images of all four November2009 mystery tools and accompanying patent illustrations, click the Image Gallery link to the right.

A. After-market float that goes in the air washer (air cleaner) on an early Fordson tractor. “I have a 1927 Fordson with that air washer on it,” notes O’neal Lee, Gordo, Ala. “The air washer held water in which the air was forced across in order to clean it. When the water got low enough, the float shut the air off thus shutting the tractor down. Having water in the air washer also brought moisture into the carburetor that mixed with kerosene causing the motor to function properly. The tractor would start on gasoline then switch to kerosene after the engine warmed up.” Also identified by Woody Cone, Rochester, N.H.; William Ratliff, Middletown, Ind.; Jimmy Burcher, Appomattox, Va.; and Glenn Thompson, Penn Yan, N.Y. Photo submitted by John Miller, Maple Lake, Minn.

B. Farm Collector readers did not recognize this corn shock binder, used to compress shocks. The one pictured (possibly homemade) is missing the handle used to turn the shaft, the rope and possibly other parts. Photo submitted by Randy Smith. See patents 423,010 and 365,742 for similar items.

C. Hoof trimmer, as identified by David Hall, Reynolds, Ind.; Dennis Hensley, Bennington, Kan.; and Dave Hall, Reynolds, Ind. Photo submitted by Ralph Berger, Arnold, Mo. See patent 511,885 for a similar item.

D. We don’t recognize this piece but Al V. Wheeler, Yorkville, Ill., believes it to be a salt block holder of the type used in rabbit cages. “The holes show that it should have been hung up vertically,” he says. “The salt block is held in place by the hinged wire in front.” Photo submitted by John Miller, Maple Lake, Minn.

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From the September 2009 issue of Farm Collector , Item A: This item, for which we have no positive identification, continues to generate responses from Farm Collector readers. Bob Rupert, Candler, N.C., believes Item A is a drive mechanism for a flexible shaft tool, such as a dental drill.