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#1 KBear OFFLINE  

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Posted February 07, 2012 - 04:32 PM

Hello everyone,

If any of you are like me you enjoy history, farming history and antique farming equipment. This last Spring I was given this piece of antique farming equipment. Thought I'd give you guys a chance to take a guess as to what you think this piece of equipment is and maybe what you think it's used for. Nope, sorry, there's no prize for correctly identifying this piece of equipment.


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Kenneth

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Posted February 07, 2012 - 04:58 PM

I would guess that it is some kind of a live plate setting planter, maybe for tomatoes.

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Posted February 07, 2012 - 05:06 PM

I'll take a stab at it and say that it's a potato planter.

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Posted February 07, 2012 - 06:18 PM

I think it's a tobacco planter.

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Posted February 07, 2012 - 06:28 PM

I would guess a potato ridger. The discs rolling into the row with the tunnel keeping the plants from getting buried.

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Posted February 07, 2012 - 07:32 PM

I'm with shorty on that one.It's a great looking piece whatever it is!

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Posted February 07, 2012 - 07:34 PM

It sure looks like a planter or cultivator of some kind. Trying to protect small plants in that tunnel.
If it is a planter I have to question where they carried what they were planting?

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Posted February 07, 2012 - 07:56 PM

In one of thee last pics, you can see back the tunnel. It looks as if there is a cutter on the bottom, if that's the case, it's not for planting.
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3 questions,
is there a bottom to the tunnel?
Are the "wings" sharpened?
Was it originally to be pulled by a team or a single?

Great looking piece of early farming history! Thanks for the pics and the fun.

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Posted February 07, 2012 - 08:49 PM

Im thinking corn stalk cutter with ridger type harrows for mulching up the trash before plowing over,

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Posted February 07, 2012 - 09:09 PM

Hummmm.........Some kind of Farm Implement.

Am I close??? LOL

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Posted February 07, 2012 - 10:14 PM

This is the very rare "Swamp Disc Harrow" used to till rice paddies. The long sledge is for riding over the muddy surface. You seem to be missing the very important "oar poles" used by the operator to propel this unique peice of equipment through the swamp. Very few of them in existance as they tended to rust away after just a few seasons.

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Posted February 07, 2012 - 10:48 PM

I would say it is a hiller of some kind but for what I don't know

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Posted February 07, 2012 - 11:08 PM

HowardsMF155:

This is the very rare "Swamp Disc Harrow" used to till rice paddies. The long sledge is for riding over the muddy surface. You seem to be missing the very important "oar poles" used by the operator to propel this unique peice of equipment through the swamp. Very few of them in existance as they tended to rust away after just a few seasons.


I think you've nailed this one Howard.

Very cool looking whatchamacallit for sure.

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Posted February 08, 2012 - 12:33 AM

In one of thee last pics, you can see back the tunnel. It looks as if there is a cutter on the bottom, if that's the case, it's not for planting.

3 questions,
is there a bottom to the tunnel?
Are the "wings" sharpened?
Was it originally to be pulled by a team or a single?

Great looking piece of early farming history! Thanks for the pics and the fun.

Thank you for the great questions! I appreciate everyone's interest!

To answer your questions:
1.) No, the tunnel is without a bottom. What you're seeing there is a shadow in the background. I know it looks like a bottom but no there isn't, it's all open. I apologize, that is somewhat deceiving isn't it.

2.) No, the "wings" are not sharp. The name for the wings are Crusher Boards (I won't say any more as to not give too much away). :smile1:

3.) It was pulled by a team. See the two holes in a bracket just to the inside of the Crusher Boards closest to the runners on each side. A single tree hooked there then went to double trees out to two horses.

Kenneth
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Posted February 08, 2012 - 05:05 AM

Ken,I have no idea what that is.




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