What’s that noise? What’s that smell?
Brent Frankenhoff

Tales from the Back 40

What’s that noise? What’s that smell? As anyone associated with farming knows, while it takes all five senses to run a farm most efficiently, some senses are used more than others. It sometimes takes an unusual sound or smell to make a farmer aware of potential problems. For most of my farming jobs, I drove a tractor without any sort of enclosed cab, which made me especially alert to those out-of-place sounds and smells. From the squeal and screech of … Read the rest of the story…

Tractor Seats
Candace Brown

The Newbie

As readers of Antique Power magazine know, one of the most interesting things about antique tractors is the fascinating timeline of tractor technology. A critical part of the tractor, however, seems to get the least mention, and that is the seat. Looking at the big picture of the evolution of tractor seats, from the mid 19th century to today, you might describe it as a journey “from pain to pampering.” If the manliness of our farming forefathers was measured by … Read the rest of the story…

Fall Auctions Are Bittersweet
Cindy Ladage

AP_Auction_News

Fall auctions are bittersweet. It seems summer arrives with a blaze, then it’s 4th of July, and, before you know it, the State Fair arrives and it is time for harvest. During the summer, antique equipment viewing is prime time, and our Illinois State Fair has an antique tractor exhibit with a variety of brands from central Illinois. It is one of the highlights that mark the end of summer. We find that one of the best ways to see … Read the rest of the story…

Toys: Where Are They Now?
Brent Frankenhoff

Tales from the Back 40

Toys: Where are they now? Boys and their toys. Is there anyone who grew up on a farm who didn’t have at least a few farm-related toys? Whether they were genuine replicas of real equipment, plastic knock-offs, or even homemade facsimiles, they sparked hours of imaginative play for the child who played with them. Unfortunately, those hours of play—often spent outdoors and in the sandbox or dirt—took their toll, rendering highly collectible the few toys that survived in good condition. … Read the rest of the story…

Antique Tractors Are Sweet in the Summer Time
Cindy Ladage

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Antique tractors are sweet in the summer time! Everything is sweeter come summer. The flowers are in bloom, fresh strawberries hang from the vines, and other fruit will soon be ready for the picking. Crops in our area are all planted and up, and it is time to check out some of the summer tractor shows and auctions. It seems most of the time when we see antique tractors, they are in a static setting. I recently enjoyed the chance … Read the rest of the story…

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…

Lessons from Dad
Brent Frankenhoff

Tales from the Back 40

With Father’s Day just around the corner, I have been reflecting on lessons from my dad. Most boys look up to their fathers, and I am no exception. I worked side-by-side with my dad, Bill Frankenhoff, for almost a quarter-century, until I moved away to start my writing and editing career. As I looked through family photos earlier this year, I found a few that really showed how our father-son relationship formed and grew. Dad was born June 1, 1936, … Read the rest of the story…