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The Red wrote on Saturday, July 01, 2000 (PDT):
  • Arnie my 2 Farmall Hs still get active use pulling 250 bu gravity wagons and running grain augurs during the fall harvest. I don't think you ever put an old tractor "out to pasture". Nice story!
    Scott Battersby wrote on Sunday, July 02, 2000 (PDT):
  • There are plenty of people, The Red, who put these old tractors out to pasture, unfortunately to go with newer, bigger, and what they call better equipment. It's sad, really. They figure once a tractor gets old that it is only suitable for raking hay, and doing light work. I say work the tractor like Arnie is doing with them. That's the way to go. They need to worked, not left to sit around looking; a showpiece under glass. Even when they've been restored, they should be worked. A hard day's work won't hurt them in the least. It doesn't hurt them at these plowing matches, and such. Arnie, please tell me about your #5 JD mower. Is it 3pt hitch, or mid mount? We have a #9 JD 3pt hitch model that fits our JD420. It came with the tractor new in '59.
    Dan Nelson wrote on Sunday, July 02, 2000 (PDT):
  • Nice story. I like it when individuals get older equipment working again. Good luck.
    Harry Kelln wrote on Monday, July 03, 2000 (PDT):
  • Keep posting stories like this one! It's nice to read about other people and equipment like your own. My collection consists of a 1950 JD "D" and 1941 Farmall "H".
    Greg Gattermeyer wrote on Sunday, July 09, 2000 (PDT):
  • I have an old garden tractor that hasn't been used in a few years. On 7/3/00 I got on it, cranked it, and it fired right up! Why don't they make things like they used to?
    Mike wrote on Wednesday, July 12, 2000 (PDT):
  • My dad still farms with 5 tractors, all at least 24 years old. He uses a 1976 Case 1370, 1972 AC 200, 1969 IH 656, 1958 AC WD45, and a 1954 AC CA. The 200 gets most of the use, plus we still mow with the WD45, and an AC #7 sickle mower.
    kevin lindley, jr. wrote on Thursday, July 27, 2000 (PDT):
  • hey, i know whatcha mean. we have a 1952 case LA that needs paint BAD. We havent used it in about 7 years to actually work. me and my dad have put more time into that old tractor then its probably worth, but the only thing thats makin me keep it is that it USED to pull a plow 15 inches in the ground in 3rd gear. now it has 2 broken off exhaust studs and the fenders are roughed up a bit because 2 years ago a 175 ft. cottonwood tree came down on the shed that it was resting in. someday, it will pull a plow again hopefully. but we do have a 1952 case dc that needs paint, but not too bad, we use it to run the manure spreader filled with wet corn fines and that is our hay rack puller... next in line is a 1952 farmall H that my grandpa bought brand new. its getting an overhaul as right now. my uncle had already took it into his ag class when he was in high school and painted it, but this is its first overhaul. i think this one will stay as a show runner though. after that, my g-grandpa bought a 1939 farmall H brand new.. theres another over haul with good paint in 2 years... i am using all these tractors as my FFA projects.. 1 tractor for each year of high school... works out kinda nice dont it?
    Rod Swabe wrote on Monday, July 31, 2000 (PDT):
  • I too like to use old tractors and equiptment that goes with them. I feel it keeps me in touch with the time when the old guys were new and Iwas a young guy.
    Kurt wrote on Monday, September 04, 2000 (PDT):
  • We still use old tractors with the new. We have a 7040 wich is always worked hard. Also have a 185 wich has been rebuilt since we own because previous didn't know how to keep it up. Then there is the old WD. It don't look like a regular WD. It has dunham loader mounted on the back between the rear wheels, seat and was removed and put a different gas tank, wich is also used a seat. The motor is now behind the driver. The steering has been turned around also and now has power steering. The transmission has also been changed with a reversing gear to make the transmission run in the opposite direction. The brakes and clutch are also changed. I know of five tractors modified this way, ours was the first, done at home.
    Kurt wrote on Monday, September 04, 2000 (PDT):
  • We still use old tractors with the new. We have a 7040 wich is always worked hard. Also have a 185 wich has been rebuilt since we own because previous didn't know how to keep it up. Then there is the old WD. It don't look like a regular WD. It has dunham loader mounted on the back between the rear wheels, seat and was removed and put a different gas tank, wich is also used a seat. The motor is now behind the driver. The steering has been turned around also and now has power steering. The transmission has also been changed with a reversing gear to make the transmission run in the opposite direction. The brakes and clutch are also changed. I know of five tractors modified this way, ours was the first, done at home.
    Alan wrote on Monday, November 20, 2000 (PST):
  • We still use our wd 45 and our ac- b around our house even though we don't farm. We use the be with a 6 ft woods for mowing and the wd has a three point hitch scraper hooked up to a caltivator frame that we use for ploing snow
    tom wrote on Thursday, December 14, 2000 (PST):
  • My brother and I still work the family farm on a small scale.We have three AC B's,Fergeson,and a farmall H thier all older than us!the New holland hayliner 78 is one year younger than us! They are amazing take care of them and they'll sure take care of you they sure do the job! besides one more payment and their ours!!!!!!!!!
    john wrote on Wednesday, February 07, 2001 (PST):
  • hey arnie togeather me and my dad 11 or 12 tractors we've restoed most of 'em and are used ever day on our 200+acers to mow,rake,bale,plant,feed,seed,and plow nice talking to ya and good story!!!!
    thomas droste wrote on Wednesday, April 11, 2001 (PDT):
  • im a firm believer in old tractors and them having there place in these times.however im looking for info on this old craftsman riding tractor that is red,white,and blue.the model number is 536-81456and if anybody has any ideas of where i can get some info please contact me .thanking you in advance.
    Dustin Simmons wrote on Monday, September 24, 2001 (PDT):
  • We have a D-17 series IV diesel that is used on a regular basis on our 120 acre farm in Hillsboro West Virginia. Mainly to pull a three bottom plow and to chop about 13-15 acres of corn every year. It's nice to know that there is still other people out there using these old tractors instead of letting them sit outside and rust into the ground. Thank You, Dustin
    jayme miller wrote on Saturday, February 02, 2002 (PST):
  • I have an allis chalmers 190 77 hp we still use it for spraying. we have a custom spraying operation, we have a 500 gallon sprayer, a 500 gallon water tank and we just got two 250 gallon water tanks which makes for 1500 gallons. we mounted the 500 gallon tank on an old wagon and put a hitch on the back of the sprayer so we can haul 1000 gallons all at once to the field. all kinds of power for all that weight but we are currently looking for something bigger because the 190 will spin out with 15.5-38's in 6th gear. the hour meter says 3700 hour but it didn't work when we bought it 3 years ago,I figure it has around 5000 hours because it burns a little bit of oil but it still runs like a top. I would like to use it on the snow blower but it doesn't start below 10 degrees C. we also have a david brown 885 that doesn't always charge (it will work fine for a month and then for a week whenever you go to start it all you get is click,click,click so it will usually be found on life support. anybody have any ideas?
    John Doe wrote on Saturday, March 02, 2002 (PST):
  • On our farm in Kentucky we farm 2,300 acres of corn/soybeans , and our newest tractor is a D-21. We also have 2 D-19,2 D-17,a WD-45,a WD,Wc and a C. We have a 4-row snap coupler allis planter,Roto baler,and other old equipment. It's all old but it gets the job done just as good as new stuff .
    Lyman Benner wrote on Thursday, April 04, 2002 (PST):
  • Glad to see you all are still using the old "iron" so to speak.My boat I'm in is a little different. Grew up in the country - got into my blood - but after one year of trying to farm and losing my shirt I knew I needed to do something different. But seveal years later I acquired a Farmall M - then a Farmall H - then a D-17 - then a JD B - then a JD G -then an Oliver 77 and another JD B. Most don't run but Soon the 17 and the M will be. The strange thing about all this is I don't have any farmland and I'm sure the wife and neighbors would really appreciate me going around the block. As silly as it sounds these tractors are a connection to my past and a life I miss. Thanks to my friends for their storage space. By the way - I'm looking at an AC CA with attachments. Just don't let my wife know. To all of you - keep the tractors and the memories alive.
    Wayne wrote on Thursday, April 04, 2002 (PST):
  • I use a WD in my lawn maintenance business almost every day. They are tough tractors,Allis does the following for me; spraying, mowing (finish), brush hogging, plowing (snap-coupler plow) blading and grading and runing a roto-tiller 6 ft. I made the 3-point hitch for it. I have two AC tractors a WC and WD-45, but they will be sweet-hearts by next spring. A WD is what I first started doing field work on at the old age of Nine. Wayne
    David Coppola wrote on Wednesday, April 10, 2002 (PDT):
  • I think this story is great. Not just because of the reclamitation of the old equiptment, but the fact it was a father and son team who share a great intrest together. God Bless America's Farmers.
    Tommy Carpenter, and-or Casey Carpenter wrote on Friday, June 21, 2002 (PDT):
  • Yes, this is Tommy's son, Casey. And I've something to say about an AC, I think tis an 1956 D-19 as well. Anyhow, my father saw it a while back for sale in Franklin, NC. , and it was a true looker! I am not-quite aware of the full story, yet he stopped by the place where it-was sitting to just look it over, and what'not. Anyhow, the reason-being for this letter is because, remember how I stated t'was such the looker, well Father mentioned he might like to possibly show it. We live in Atlanta Ga., yet the tractor sits under my Grandfathers shed in Franklin, North Carolina. That is only about an hour and a half, from our home in Acworth, Ga. I know I had Atlanta, yet I simply had Atlanta, for the reason being it's only about a twenty-five minute drive. Anyhow, can you tell us of a(ny) shows, in-which we could possibly take the tractor to, from Atlanta, or Franklin? Thanks, Casey Carpenter
    Dave mello wrote on Friday, August 09, 2002 (PDT):
  • That's a great article! I have recently moved to SE Iowa after spending my whole life in California. Out west we don't farm with the number of wheel tractors that they farms here in the Midwest do since almost all of our big horsepower is on tracks. We only used wheel tractors for making hay and pulling planters, etc....little stuff. Our Cats did the heavy stuff. I just love poking around this part of the country and seeing the tremendous amount of early model tractors that are literally everywhere. Allis Chalmers has quite a historic presence here in Iowa. I had never actually seen a D-17, although I knew they existed, and never saw a D-19 either. The D-14's were fairly popular on the coast as utility tractors. We had a Case VAC and several JD's, all of the johnny's were hand start except my cousin's model G. Later on we had an IH B-275 British that we worked orchards with and a JD 2010 for mowing and loader work. Restoring tractors is noble work, and they will usually give you back in satisfaction what you invest in time and money. My personal tractor was a modified VA case that I baled my way through college with. It got "appropriated" as the base for a backhoe tractor and was later scrapped. I wish I had it now.
    Mike Little wrote on Sunday, February 16, 2003 (PST):
  • Love to read articles like this.
    Rusty Jones wrote on Wednesday, September 08, 2004 (PDT):
  • Your comment about the tennant farmer not taking care of your equipment is about par for the course! did you ever watch somebody driving his employer's truck, or other equipment? It's gung-ho, full bore across bumpy RR crossings, rough roads, don't watch backing up, hit posts, anything that can mess up what they are using! Make a mess of the cab and seats, spit tobacco juice all down the sides--you name it! Say something to them about it--the stock answer is; Well, it ain't mine--why should i take care of it?! I drove a drug store delivery car back before i went into the Army! (1941-43) and never put a scratch on it, nor a dent! The fellow who took over my job when i was drafted made a real mess of it in 6-7 weeks. When i got home on my first furlough, i couldn't believe my eyes! What a mess he made of the nice shiny car i had used for 2 years! His comment; Yeah, you guessed it; "Well, it ain't mine! If he wants it shined up, let him do it! (The boss/ owner of the drug store!) by; Rusty Jones
    Aaron Ford wrote on Friday, November 10, 2006 (PST):
  • I am insanely jealous....

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