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Featured Tractor Of The Month Of December 2012featured tractor pond cecil pond
As I got older, I would drive the old tractor down to my grandparents place (a mile away) and plow for them. I learned to drive on that old tractor. In the late 70's dad felt it was time to upgrade so he traded the old Pond back to his neighbor (by then a well established business) for a brand new Satoh Beaver. I hated to see that tractor leave but I was all stary eyed over the new diesel.
Well about 11 years later I was married and on my own. We rented the top floor of an old farm house in the middle of a local farm. We are allowed to have a garden so I thought I would look for my own tractor instead of using my landlord's equipment. I went to dad's neighbor and asked what they had. Well here the mechanic told me that he had dad's old tractor over at his house and he would sell it to me.
Dad and I went over to look at it and after pulling all the junk off of it and giving it some gas, it fired up on the third crank. We bought it on the spot. My dad's first tractor was now my first tractor. I used that old Pond to make a garden, clear snow and even pull tree stumps until several years ago when it retired to show duty only. That tractor is the one thing I will always have to remind me of dad when he is gone. He is 88 now and still gets a kick out of seeing the attention it gets at shows. People ask me if I will be buried with that tractor. I always tell them "no, but it may attend the funeral". Incidentally, I also now own the Satoh and use it on a regular basis.
I just added a picture of the original owner standing next to the tractor, taken summer of 2012. The Pond has a Wisconsin AEN engine with a Ford Model A transmission and rear end. I was always told that it had an Allis Chalmers clutch but I can't verify as I've never seen it!
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