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…

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…

Minneapolis-Moline ZTS – September/October 2014 Cover Story
Patrick Ertel

1941 M-M ZTS

This 1941 Minneapolis-Moline ZTS tractor is a rarity owned by Frank Loveland of Hendersonville, North Carolina. I photographed it for the cover of the September/October 2014 issue of Antique Power magazine. To be flexible enough for different fuels, its RE engine featured a detachable spacer in the head that could be used to alter the compression ratio. What else is in this issue? Features The Working 1940 John Deere Model L The Huber Light Four Photo Album The Accidental Tractor … 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…

Meadow Over Mist – Oliver 880 Diesel
Al Rogers

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The Oliver 880 diesel featured in the September/October 2014 issue of Antique Power changed from Mist to Meadow green as it sat on the Oliver assembly line during a long labor strike in 1959. It is owned by commercial refrigeration licensed mechanical contractor Mark Felton of Clio, Michigan, whose collection of Oliver tractors currently stands at 14. “I really don’t make money off of collecting Oliver tractors,” Felton said, “but I spend a lot of money doing it.” This is … Read the rest of the story…

Viewing Farm Technology up Close and Personal
Brent Frankenhoff

Tales from the Back 40

While it’s fun to go to the county fair to see the new machinery, pick up sales flyers, and take a good, long look at everything sitting on display, there’s nothing like viewing farm technology up close and personal. Recently, the annual Farm Technology Days event was held in central Wisconsin just outside Stevens Point. Over three days, nearly 50,000 agriculture enthusiasts toured exhibits where they saw the latest in a wide variety of farming equipment and technology. The event, … Read the rest of the story…

Pink Ribbon Tractor – 1948 Earthmaster

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This 1948 Earthmaster tractor and its pink ribbon got our attention, because cancer awareness is a cause very close to the Antique Power magazine staff. A reader sent us the following photo and story that we would like to share with you. The Pink Ribbon Tractor A unique love letter with a message of hope In the small town of Appleton, New York, a local farmer decided to honor his wife, Debbie, with a unique love letter. Debbie was diagnosed … Read the rest of the story…