Huber Light Four
Patrick Ertel

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I interviewed Jim Hulse of Orange, Ontario, about his Huber Light Four tractor for the September/October 2014 issue of Antique Power. The Light Four name referred to the tractor’s powerplant, which was a 4-cylinder L-head Waukesha engine. Huber advertised that its Light Four model could till an acre of land per hour at a plowing speed of 2.43 miles per hour. Jim showed me his photo album that includes a picture of the tractor as it looked nearly half a … Read the rest of the story…

1972 Allis-Chalmers 616
Ray Hoffman

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The 1972 Allis-Chalmers 616 featured in the September/October 2014 issue of Antique Power is owned by Sam Bull, of Lamar, Missouri. I enjoyed photographing it and interviewing Bull for the article. The 616 is a one-year-only model, a status that makes it very attractive among collectors of A-C products. … Read the rest of the story…

Fall Harvest
Brent Frankenhoff

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As the weather cools and the leaves turn, every farmer’s thoughts turn to fall harvest. It starts earlier than ever these days. And—even with today’s more advanced harvesting techniques, larger equipment, and ability to work longer hours—bringing in the fall crops is a time-consuming, backbreaking task. Even so, harvesting today is nothing like it was years ago. As I was growing up, I remember Dad bringing in ears of corn from the field, taking them to the machine shed, and … Read the rest of the story…

The Working 1940 John Deere Model L
Ray Hoffman

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The 1940 John Deere model L tractor featured in the September/October 2014 issue of Antique Power is owned by Brad Johnson of Fort Wayne, Indiana. This is Johnson’s first restoration, and perfection was not his goal. After overhauling the carburetor and installing an in-line filter, Johnson now uses the model L to plow his two very large gardens. … Read the rest of the story…

The Accidental Tractor Collector
Candace Brown

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The 1919 Case 10-18 featured in the September/October 2014 issue of Antique Power is owned by collector Arlyn Plagerman of Lynden, Washington. Plagerman knows all about Case tractors now but admits he had no interest in any tractors when he married Mary Lou Likkel, daughter of farmer George Likkel. In the early 1980s, Plagerman left his career in health care administration and started a dairy on the farm where our feature tractor was photographed. … Read the rest of the story…

“Salt Harvester” McCormick-Deering Row Crop
Chad Elmore

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The McCormick-Deering “Salt Harvester” WD-6 tractor featured in the September/October 2014 issue of Antique Power is currently an eighth of a mile under Kansas. Once abandoned along a fence line, the tractor was given a long second career in a salt mine near (and under) Hutchinson, Kansas, and is now on display in the only salt mine in the U.S. open to tourists: Strataca (formerly known as the Kansas Underground Salt Museum. … Read the rest of the story…

Conversation Starters for Sale in October
Chad Elmore

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There are rare tractors, and there are “conversation starters” out there. You know, the kind of machine that draws a crowd at any show. A tractor auction is the best place to find such treasures, and we have discovered that the October auction scene has a few you should know about. Aumann Auctions—Mogadore, Ohio Minneapolis-Moline’s part car/part tractor, the UDLX, is rarer than hen’s teeth, and they seldom change hands. If owning one of the few examples built in the … Read the rest of the story…