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Old New Idea Spreader

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03-14-2018 08:52:06

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This message is a reply to an archived post by Tom Clouse on August 28, 2009 at 05:47:13.
The original subject was "Old New Idea Spreader".

I have one of those manure spreaders Tom posted about in 2009. If Tom is out there, did you ever find what model it was?

Had a guy rebuild the wood and its fully functional. We had no idea what brand it was. Tom's has some green paint, mine had no paint so we painted the wood orange?

See Tom's post for pictures.

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04-02-2018 12:30:40

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 Re: Old New Idea Spreader in reply to rrlund, 03-14-2018 08:52:06  
[quote="Tom Clouse"](quoted from post at 05:47:13 08/28/09) I have a very old New Idea spreader that I want to fix into working condition. It is ground driven, and has spoked metal rims.


Did you ever find the make and model of your manure spreader in 2009? I have one and am trying to ID it too.

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03-15-2018 08:51:55

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 Re: Old New Idea Spreader in reply to HappyGoLucky, 03-14-2018 08:52:06

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03-15-2018 06:41:22

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 Re: Old New Idea Spreader in reply to HappyGoLucky, 03-14-2018 08:52:06  
I have no idea how to find his orignal post to see his picture so need to start with questiond. Is it a 2 wheel spreader, 4 wheel spreader, on steel wheels or rubber tires, PTO drive or ground drive. I have the parts books for most of what I think are wood box spreaders New Idea made. Also steel box spreaders. 2 wheel most likely a 12 or 12A spreader with 14A next. 4 wheel either a 8, 9, 10 or 10A.

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03-15-2018 09:56:11

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 Re: Old New Idea Spreader in reply to Leroy, 03-15-2018 06:41:22  
Thanks LeRoy ...and Rich
First time here, learning how to do this. Use the link in Rich's Toys. It goes to the archived posts. Scroll down in that post and you will see the pictures. Of course mine has all new wood and isn't rusted out. Need to figure out how to put pics in these posts.

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03-15-2018 15:17:29

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 Re: Old New Idea Spreader in reply to HappyGoLucky, 03-15-2018 09:56:11  
Now I remember first part of things but not the pictures and it is a tractor spreader with straight sides but those are NOT new Idea levers and the tractor New Idea spreaders did not have straight sides so it is not one of the 12 or 14 spreaders. Difference between a 12 and 12A the one had roller bearings in places where the other just a brass bushing. As of now I cannot tell what make but don't think it is a New Idea. And definatly not a Deere.

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03-15-2018 23:00:46

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 Re: Old New Idea Spreader in reply to Leroy, 03-15-2018 15:17:29  
That's interesting. I hadn't seen any New Idea spreaders that quite looked like this but had my hopes up when I found Tom's post. The guy who redid the wood suggested that it may be made by a company called General. I haven't found anything on the internet about General spreaders.

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03-16-2018 10:38:32

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 Re: Old New Idea Spreader in reply to HappyGoLucky, 03-15-2018 23:00:46  
That would have been General Implemernt or GI and that was the make of our first cornpicker bought in 46. Had a lot of trouble as they just had a pin holding gears on and they were constantly shearing, the next year they put a key in to take the load off the pins. Did not have a husking bed but one became avaible after a couple of years and Dad got one and installed it.I remember Dad pulling it home behind the 41 Ford car. Traded picker off in about 53-55 range on an Oliver. They made quite a few different items of machinery and I think they were based here in northern Ohio. Might have that info someplace but where, Did not hear of the company after the 40's so do not know if were bought out or just folded. A scrap yard had a full steel 4 wheel spreader laying around for a few years. Know they made cultipackers.

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03-19-2018 07:37:29

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 Re: Old New Idea Spreader in reply to Leroy, 03-16-2018 10:38:32  
That sounds interesting. There is a General Implement that has 6 distribution centers around the country that was apparently started in 29 or 38. Not sure this is the company. I have reached out to them. If you find anything else let me know.

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03-20-2018 02:13:22

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 Re: Old New Idea Spreader in reply to HappyGoLucky, 03-19-2018 07:37:29  

Here are a couple pics. It was not that General Implement. Found some old newspapers talking about General Implement of America making spreaders among other things which was in Van Wert Ohio but apparently went bankrupt. Have reached out to Mercer County Historical Society, the New Idea Historic Preservation Committee, and the Old Fashioned Farmers Association.

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03-20-2018 20:09:20

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 Re: Old New Idea Spreader in reply to HappyGoLucky, 03-20-2018 02:13:22  
That Old Fashioned Farmers is one of the tractor clubs I belong to. And where Dad got it, don't know if dealer or factory was about 50-60 mile east of Van Wert. The Coldwater Historical Society of Coldwater, Oh has all the papers that is left in public domain from New Idea.. It is where it is wanted to place a musieum in the old factory but the EPA will not allow it afraid some poison has gone thru the 12" thick concrete floor and thinks the floor needs to be torn up to get the percived contamination dug out. I don't know if friend still has or if he ever looked at all the paper work he has that when they closed out the factory he was told to take out to the dumpster and the dumpster that he took it to happened to be his car. He got several loads out that way. He was in the engineering department. Along with his brother. After NI shut down he worked in the engineering department for Cat for a short time untill retirement.

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