Rollover Risk
Candace Brown

The Newbie

Antique Power magazine celebrates the rewards of the antique tractor hobby, but any use of large and powerful machines constitutes a rollover risk. For instance, within the past week, I heard through a local tractor club that an 86-year-old tractor owner and friend to many was found dead, pinned under his overturned tractor and asphyxiated by its weight. These tragic tractor rollover accidents can happen to anyone, not just newbies. According to the National Institute for Occupational Safely and Health … Read the rest of the story…

1937 Case RC– March/April 2016 Cover Story
Patrick Ertel

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The 1937 Case RC on the cover of the March/April 2016 issue of Antique Power represents a risky step the manufacturer made as the market for small tractors expanded. In late 1935, the J.I. Case Co. began producing the tricycle-style RC (row crop) tractor—first in Racine, Wisconsin; then in Rock Island, Illinois. Competing manufacturers were already meeting farmers’ demands for one-plow row crop tractors, with models such as the popular International Harvester F-12, but until that year, Case had none. … Read the rest of the story…

Conventional Equipment, Unconventional Use
Brent Frankenhoff

Tales from the Back 40

Farmers can find unconventional uses for conventional equipment when a job has to get done. They say that a truck is often a man’s office. The same could be said for a tractor. While my family’s tractors and other farm equipment did serve their intended purposes, we also used them in ways that were, to say the least, unconventional. Dad remembers using a grain binder as a windrower for grain in three different years. “Removing the bundle-tying head from the … Read the rest of the story…

Mark Calendars for Summer and Fall Auctions
Cindy Ladage

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It is time to mark your calendars for summer and fall auctions! April signals the beginning of spring planting, and many farmers will be doing their auction shopping online in the late evening hours. In March and April we get the calendars out and plan ahead for all the wonderful things we want to see and do after the crop is in the ground. All summer long it seems there is a show almost every weekend until fall harvest comes … Read the rest of the story…

Tractor Terms for Beginners
Candace Brown

The Newbie

There are a few tractor terms for beginners that will make this wonderful hobby make more sense. The day I began writing for Antique Power magazine was the day I began to learn a new language. Although I knew the main mechanical and other parts of a car, it seemed that tractors had strange gizmos and terminology no one but tractor owners understood. With each article I write, I learn more, which increases my enjoyment of the hobby and my … Read the rest of the story…

Summer Auctions Just Around The Corner
Cindy Ladage

AP_Auction_News

Summer auctions are just around the corner! Many farm and toy shows have auctions as part of their lineup of events. These auctions often offer something special that sets them apart. That is true of the auction at the Gateway Mid-America Toy Show in St. Louis. This year Aumann Auctions had this auction for the first time; in years past the auction was conducted by the Mark Krausz Auction Service. While the auction company is new, model toy scratch-builder Fred … Read the rest of the story…

Charitable Acts
Brent Frankenhoff

Tales from the Back 40

Farm communities are full of charitable acts. They say a farmer will give you the shirt off his back, and, in my experience, that’s always been true. The neighbors around our farm helped each other, kept an eye on each other’s fences and property, lent equipment when needed, and borrowed equipment, if it was needed. In times of serious trouble, the entire neighborhood came together to help, if someone was injured or hospitalized and unable to work. Fortunately, on our … Read the rest of the story…

John Deere’s 2-Cylinder Appeal
Candace Brown

The Newbie

Have you newbies ever wondered about John Deere’s 2-cylinder appeal? For the January/February 2016 issue of Antique Power magazine, I wrote an article about a beautiful 1958 John Deere 720 diesel tractor, on steel wheels, and, as usual, my research led to more questions. This tractor, built during the last year of the 20-Series, was also built near the end of Deere’s long and phenomenally successfully 2-cylinder era. It began in the early 1920s with the introduction of the Model … Read the rest of the story…