I have been looking for some time now for a company that re-manufactures brass ID tags for old tractors.
I have found a couple in the here in the US but I'm not impressed with there quality.
Last summer I saw a re-manufactured tag on a hit & miss and I was very impressed with the quality.
The guy said he got the tag from a company in England.
They make ID tags in brass, aluminum, and nickel silver and use the traditional method of acid etching to produce our plates.
Chemicals are used to dissolve away the metal to create the image on the plate.
In the case of most old plates, the background is etched into the plate to leave the lettering and the border raised, whereas the more modern approach is to etch the lettering into the plate.
Their process allows them to make plates either way.
With being able to etch the background, the new tag looks and feels just like the original.
Here is an example of an original tag.
And the new tag.
Some examples of other tags they have made.
My Bean Cutler was missing the ID tag when I got it so I'm going to have them make a new one for me.
This is the style of tag that I am getting re-made.
They make tags in three finishes. .. Gloss, Antique, and Polished.
The new tag will have the serial number and model number areas left blank and will be finished in the antique finish.
Now here is the tricky part. ....
One tag will cost 65 British pounds, that is around $103 in US currency.
Naturally, if I get more tags then the cost per tag is cheaper.
So ... I'm not taking orders but if I were to buy more tags is this something any of you would be interested in ?
If I got more tags I would put them up for sale on ebay.
Right now I'm just trying to decide if it would be worth my effort to buy more tags and if so, figure out how many to get.
Edited by KennyP, January 08, 2013 - 09:56 PM.