A very well known tractor collector passed away back in February. I'd see him at just about every show I'd attend as he lived only about an hours drive away from where I live. Today his family had an open house / memorial show, in his honor. Having been to his place before, I knew today's viewing would be spectacular.
This guy went all over the US in search of the unique. He didn't have much interest in an H Farmall or a John Deere B because they were too common. As you will see he had both garden tractors and farm tractors.
This was all owned by one man, Bob and his wife. His wife was very supportive of his collection and in fact helped in purchasing items often. Sometimes when Bob would bow out of the bidding on a tractor at auction his wife would jump in and make the purchase. Bobs wife knew he'd regret not making the purchase later.
He was quite a guy and I'm glad I got to know him. Many times over the years his wife would come looking for me at a show and say "Bobs ready to leave" This was an unspoken plea for assistance in loading and securing show tractors onto his trailers. He was kind of picky as to who could handle his prized possessions. When you see the pictures you'll understand why.
His family has committed to continue to show some of his collection at the local shows at least for now. Some of the unrestored tractors will likely be sold in the not too distant future.
There are several pictures. Try not to drool on your keyboard.
How 'bout a row of garden tractors?
This is basically a prototype Avery named a "Bradley" I shot it at this angle so as to show off the PTO shaft. No lose fitting britches here!!!!! Look closely at the solid steel plate under the differential. That plate was 1/2 inch thick, maybe 5 feet long, and 2 feet wide. There were two plates like that for ballast. The tractor had no gear reduction drop boxes for final drives. Just odd all around.
Row of crawlers. The Deere is a 1/3 scale homebuilt. Its absolutely stunning! I remember the auction where Bob bought this. It was before I got to know Bob. In some of the pics you may also see a Mayrath Deluxe. I think the Mayrath came from the same auction back in 1998.
Some of the pedals. Bob had these custom made as Ertl and Eska didn't make those models back in the day. Bob sent his David Bradley Tri-Trac to a custom builder to have a pedal made of it but I don't know if that project was ever completed.
Here are some walk behinds. Bob came up with the DB Rotostick snow blower head somewhere. I had my Rotostick on display at a show and a mutual friend [Ed] inquired about it. He said Bob had the blower but didn't couldn't find a powerhead. I told the Ed that I had an extra and I'd donate it to the cause. When I came back to the show the next day I slipped the David Bradley Rotostick in Bobs pickup and never said a word. I don't know if Bob ever found out where the Rotostick came from.
The last pic is the only other walk behind, a Standard Twin. This pic also shows how tightly these tractors are packed in the shed when they are stored away.
That's about half the pics. Stay tuned....