Bantams and Presidents
Chad Elmore

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Mecum Auctions—Harrisburg, Pennsylvania Mecum Auction’s next Gone Farmin’ antique tractor auction will be held in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, on August 1. There’s a wide variety of nice-looking machines among the more than 200 expected to cross the auction block. This pair should illustrate there’s something for just about every antique tractor collector: bidders will get a chance to bring home a fully restored 1950 John Deere AO orchard tractor and a little Bantam garden tractor. A miniature tractor at its finest, … Read the rest of the story…

Flour City – July/August 2015 Cover Story
Patrick Ertel

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The Flour City on the July/August 2015 issue of Antique Power magazine may well be the oldest production tractor in America. As such, it is a fascinating machine, whose history is shrouded in mystery. Its creator, Owen Brooke Kinnard, was apparently too busy inventing new machinery to keep records. I enjoyed photographing and researching it for this cover story, as well as visiting with its restorers. What else is in this issue? Features What Did the Ruthardt Brothers Do Now?  … Read the rest of the story…

Baling Out
Brent Frankenhoff

Tales from the Back 40

Last month, I wrote about how my family and I spent plenty of time out in the field and up in the haymow producing and putting away thousands of small square bales each year. On our farm, they were 18 inches wide, 14 inches high, and 36 inches long and weighed around 40 pounds each. Those are Dad’s measurements; Mom said they’re underestimated. “They were more like seven feet long and weighed about 100 pounds each,” she said. While we … Read the rest of the story…

Seven Great Reasons to Attend a Tractor Show this Summer
Candace Brown

The Newbie

We can list at least seven great reasons to attend a tractor show this summer! For readers of Antique Power magazine and all who love antique tractors, summer means more than baseball, barbecues, and beaches; it means tractor shows! These fun events, suitable for the whole family, take place all over the country and provide an opportunity for newbies to see a large quantity and variety of antique tractors in one place. You might even find the tractor of your … Read the rest of the story…

This Summer’s Heating Up with Steam, Gasoline, and Diesel
Chad Elmore

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This summer’s auction scene is heating up with a combination of steam, gasoline, and diesel engine power! Fraser Auction Service—Cardale, Manitoba, Canada The Radcliffe family will be selling its collection of antique farm equipment at auction on Saturday, July 11, with the help of Fraser Auction Service. The auction will be presented both live and online (www.fraseronlineauctions.com). At the top of the list is a 1922 Rumely OilPull Model H 16-30 tractor on steel wheels with cleats on the rear. … Read the rest of the story…

Making Hay While the Sun Shines
Brent Frankenhoff

Tales from the Back 40

When I was growing up, we harvested our first crop of hay in early June, as the alfalfa plants were budding. These days, farmers seem to be cutting and baling their first crops earlier and earlier each year. Much like Christmas, I could hardly wait for haying season to begin, since there were jobs for me to do, even when I was a kid. My earliest memories include walking between the windrows on an acre of ground we owned that … Read the rest of the story…

Styled vs. Unstyled Tractors
Candace Brown

The Newbie

Have you ever thought about the difference between “styled” and “unstyled” tractors? One day, back when I was still among the newest of newbies in the world of antique tractors, I heard a collector refer to one of his prized models as being “styled.” I had no idea what he meant. My wide-eyed stare gave me away and inspired his patient explanation. Since then, I’ve realized that many people are puzzled about the terms “unstyled” and “styled” when it comes … Read the rest of the story…