I've found around here - if you can SEE a piece of old equipment from the road - it's either not going anywhere because the owner is attached to it - OR - it's going to the scrap yard any day now.
Because if you can see it - scrappers can see it too. And they drive around specifically looking for that very kind of thing.
So most of the visible stuff is gone now.
The worst part of that is that SOOO many people I've talked to have given in to a scrapper with the "I'll load it myslef and get it out of your hair for FREE" deal.
In my area I post regularly on craigslist asking for old equipment to be donated to our 4h club.
We've had a surprising amount of success with that. So the club is doing its best to keep some of the old stuff alive.
We're restoring the equipment and putting together an entire haying operation. We have access to a town owned field to work.
I'm hoping to promote this idea with other clubs around the country.
It's a fantastic opportunity for the kids to learn some mechanical skills, save some great old equipment, and help some of the more urban kids get "free" hay to support their project animals - instead of paying for bales.
On top of that - having a full 4h haying group gets the kids parents involved in the club too. I find a lot of the parents are anxious to get involved - this gives them something real to do. Many of them have never been on a tractor.
It's really been working out well.
(and there are some on this board who have contributed to this. I think this spring when I get some good haying pictures, you'll see how important and valuable your donations have been!)