Happy Holidays to Our Readers, Spread A Little Sunshine

As the holiday season is fast approaching I would like to take a minute to thank all of our readers and wish you a happy holiday season no matter what beliefs you may have. Be thankful you live in a country that you can have that belief.

What is the Value of my Antique Farm Equipment

What is the value of my antique tractor, sign or other memorbillia? This question is one I hear often. I have to say it depends on many factors including condition and cash flow which are big contributors. Many of you have restored your antique tractor and have no idea what the traffic will bear when you decide to sell it. Maybe dad had an old feed sign and now your are cleaning up the homestead and want to sell it. Even a professional appraisal is not the clear answer. Most of the time the economy plays a big part, even a skillfully done full restoration may sell for a small amount if the prospective buyers don't have the capital to pay, and vice versa.

Staying Cool is a top Priority in Hot Weather

Staying safe during outdoor summer activities is always a priority. Be sure that keeping cool and avoiding heat exhaustion or heat stroke is on your to do list.

Did you realize that the lightweight shirt you just put on may end up causing you to feel warmer? Garments made from polyester and similar fabrics may be light weight but do not breathe well. They hold in the heat and are a good recipe for a heat related incident.

Ethanol and Antique Farm Engines

Ethanol is maybe not a popular topic to talk about with other people. Everyone has there opinion, some people like it, others put up with it, and some don't like it at all. I have used it for years with no problems. I have a friend that if ethanol was the only fuel available for his antique tractor he would leave it the shed and walk.

Ten Agricultural Inventions That Changed Farming in America

     Think about all the inventions related to farming from 100+ years ago to now. The brilliants of all those inventors were in a class of there own. Here are what I consider to be the 10 most significant agricultural inventions.

1. Cotton Gin: In 1793, Eli Whitney built a machine consisting of a row of close-set wheels with saw-like teeth around their perimeters. The wheels proturded through narrow slits between metal bars into a hopper filled with cotton bolls. As the wheels revolved, the teeth caught the cotton fibers and pulled them through the slits, which were too narrow for the seeds to pass, thus separating the two.

Whitney's cotton gin allowed 1,000 pounds of cotton to be cleaned in the time it took one man to do 5 pounds by hand.

Who Would Have Expected

     One would have expected the first commercially successful U.S. tractor design would have been the product of a massive developement and testing program directed by a large steam engine, or gasoline stationary engine manufacturer. It was not. The first successful design came from an entirely different source . Hart and Parr, two college engineering students at the University of Wisconsin, designed and built several gasoline engines as part of their college course work. This work was expanded into designing and building a tractor (No.1) in 1901 after graduating from college. After field testing, the design was improved and tractor No.2 was built.

Cockshutt Tractors

Building on the success established as a leading manufacturer of plows since 1877, Cockshutt Farm Equipment Co. Ltd., Brantford, Ontario, Canada, later manufactured Cockshutt and CO-OP tractors. The first was the Cockshutt 30 in 1946, using a 4-cylinder Buda engine with a 3-7/16 by 4-1/8 inch bore and stroke engine. That tractor was marketed in the U.S. as the CO-OP E3 and Gambles's Farmcrest 30.

Golden Eagle tractors in the U.S. were the same as Cockshutt 40D4 tractors in Canada. These diesels, built from 1955 to 1958, used a Perkins 4-cylinder engine.

1952 Case VAS

1952 Case VAS

Harley Rath form Mossley, Ontario Canada, has recently shared information with me regarding his rare 1952 Case VAS tractor.

Although most collectors are familiar with the various models in the Case V series few have had the privledge of running across a VAS. When Harley's son told him about this tractor he could hardy wait to see it.

What makes the VAS different?  The VAS is a high clearance, row crop, offset tractor. Only 1559 were manufactured between 1951 and 1954- 18 in 1951, 1028 in 1952, 374 in 1953 and 139 in 1954.

The mystery of the Yellow Seat

1953 Massey Harris 22

Bill Breitzman of Campbellsport, Wisconsin uncovered a mystery while restoring his 1953 Massey Harris 22.

While sanding the seat he began to reveal that its original color was yellow. Since the standard color is red this is a mystery as to why his tractors seat was originally yellow.

Some speculate that perhaps during assembly they ran out of red seats near the end of the run and went over to the construction assembly line and brought over some yellow ones to complete the run.

Yuba Ball Tread Tractor

The Yuba Manufacturing Co. of Marysville, California (formerly of Yuba City, Washington), USA bought the Ball-Tread Co. of Detroit, Michigan in 1914. The existing tractor line was then rebranded as Yuba.

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