Full Partners: Implements and Machinery Toys

10 rare implement toys made by Silk-Toy Co., Allis-Chalmers, Massey-Harris, Advanced Products Co., Carter Tru-Scale and Reuhl Products.

| August 2008

Just as with a full-size exhibit, toy-size implements and machinery are a fine complement to a toy tractor.

1. Allis-Chalmers flare-type wagon. Allis-Chalmers collector Quint Precht, Hector, Minn., says it is Allis-Chalmers' rarest toy. "I've only seen one in real life and then this toy," he says. "When a dealer brought it out for me, all I could say was, 'How much?' and 'I'll take it.'"

2. Massey-Harris pull-type combine with seat connected to grain tank. Collector Dale Swoboda, Two Rivers, Wis., says a Reuhl Products version made with a separate seat is easier to find than the one with a connected seat. "The connected one is very hard to come by," he says. The piece is fragile, says Bernard Niewind, Eden Valley, Minn., "and when you do find one of these pull-types, there are pieces off."

3. Minneapolis-Moline corn sheller. Though a reproduction of this 1/32-scale implement was made by Slik-Toy Co., Lansing, Iowa, in 1978, it's the 1950 model that's hardest to find. It has pulleys and a crank, while the reproduction does not.

4. Ferguson mounted plow. Made to fit the Topping Models-made Ferguson TO-30 tractor, this Topping Models implement is difficult to find. "I can't think of another disc plow that's as nice," says collector Rick Campbell, Apple River, Ill.

5. Minneapolis-Moline combine. Made by Slik-Toy Co. in 1/32 scale in 1950, this #69 pull-type combine has a tin hopper, ladder and reel.