Topic: Re: First IH or Farmall
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By all means, MAKE that list! I sometimes just sit down at the computer and write a couple of pages about the different tractors I've used. Somebody will discover them after I'm gone, I suppose, and wonder what was wrong with me. I think it's good for the soul to bring back the memories.
I would like to encourage short "essays" here (there are no teachers giving grades, so you can write as you please!). Describe what a tractor was like in real use on the farm. Younger folks who collect the old stuff may not have much experience in their use and might like to know what an old tractor was like to use, what it's strengths and weaknesses were, how comfortable it was to ride all day, how convenient it was to add equipment (like cultivators) to it, how it performed under load. For example, if you compare an H to an F-20: They were supposed to be equivalent, but they performed very differently--the H had a small engine which ran relatively fast, AND it didn't have much torque. The '20 had a big, slow-turning engine and a lot of torque, so it could be pulled down and still not stall. Comfort? The H felt like a car by comparison, at least back then. Today, it might seem primitive, although to us old goats who spent hours, days and weeks on that stuff, any of the old tractors would seem perfectly natural to hop right on and ride away into the sunset.
WRITE 'EM UP, GUYS! (Ladies with tractor stories are welcome, too!).
One thing I think would make a nice legacy for our children and grandchildren: None of mine had anything to do with farming and really don't know much about farm life back when you got your water from a handpump or a windmill, chopped wood to keep the kitchen warm in the winter, milked cows by hand, cultivated corn with horses, used a hayloader and then took the hay to the barn to be pulled up with a "hayfork." Many of us could go on and on (I might). How about cutting corn green to take to the silo to be chopped up by a Papek run by a big flat belt turned by a roaring 10-20? How about harvesting wheat with a binder, stacking the sheaves, later taking it to the barn to feed into a thesher that shook and vibrated and sounded like a jet plane getting ready to take off? How about describing all the things farm families did when cash was scarce, but with ingenuity and initiative, you could do a lot of things yourself and not spend any money (big gardens and orchards + canning, chickens for meat and eggs, + selling some of the eggs, doing your own maintenance on cars, trucks and tractors. I hope to pass some of this along to my family. Have started this, so it's just past the "I'll do that someday" stage)
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