• STRAIGHT FROM THE HORSE'S MOUTH: THE WHEEL HORSE STORY

    From the very beginning, Cecil Pond worked with his father, Elmer on the development of what became known as the Wheel Horse tractor. Unlike many enterprises begun in a family garage, the development of their tractor revolutionized the care of America's fast-growing postwar suburban lawns. Here was a tractor far from the farm, which delighted its user while easing his maintenance chores. Today, the Wheel Horse tractor is a prized collectible in addition to being a useful and necessary piece of equipment.

    Straight from the Horse's Mouth: The Wheel Horse Story reveals the fascinating history of the beginning of the Wheel Horse and its influence on the American lawn. Full of beautiful, color photographs on crisp, glossy pages, it tells the story of this classic machine, complete with vintage advertisements, personal memorabilia, and even an accompanying DVD. This final edition of Straight from the Horse's Mouth is perfect for vintage tractor buffs or any historian.

    Order while you can! When this final edition complete with DVD is gone, it's gone!

    Item: 9375

    Author: MICHAEL A. MARTINO

    Format: Paperback

  • A PRICE GUIDE TO ANTIQUE TOOLS, 4TH EDITION

    A price guide is only as helpful as its prices are current. With this in mind, the fourth edition of Herbert Kean's A Price Guide to Antique Tools takes its prices from the latest live and Internet auctions as well as private sales. Like previous editions, the guide includes more than 12,000 prices (individual and chart combinations) that represent extraordinary tools, as well as those found in flea markets.

    There is an explanation for each tool group that allows the reader to judge the condition of a tool (the most critical of all factors when determining price). A chapter on American wooden planes covers more than 400 makers, each graded with a single value number … a system that is at the same time simple and comprehensive.

    To help even more, almost every tool is illustrated with a photograph or line drawing. The section on Internet prices explains the mechanisms of electronic auctions and gives tips for successful bidding. If you have ever wished that you could consult with an expert before investing in a tool, this is the book for you. It puts at your fingertips the knowledge and expertise of noted tool collector and dealer Herb Kean, both in determining current prices and in evaluating condition.

    Item: 7234

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  • BUILD YOUR OWN FARM TOOLS

    Josh Volk, author of the best-selling Compact Farms, offers small-scale farmers an in-depth guide to building customized equipment that will save time and money and introduce much-needed efficiencies to their operations.

    Volk begins with the basics, such as setting up a workshop and understanding design principles, mechanical principles, and materials properties, then presents plans for making 15 tools suited to small-farm tasks and processes. Each project includes an explanation of the tool’s purpose and use, as well as the time commitment, skill level, and equipment required to build it. Projects range from the super-simple (requiring a half-day to build) to the more complex, and include how-to photographs and illustrations with variations for customizing the finished implement.

    Along with instructions for building items such as simple seedling benches, a mini barrel washer, a DIY germination chamber, and a rolling pack table, Volk addresses systems design for farm efficiency, including how to design an effective drip irrigation system and how to set up spreadsheets for collecting important planning, planting, and market data.

    Item: 11209

    Author: Josh Volk

    Format: Paperback

  • COOLSPRING VOLUME 2: DISCOVERING AMERICA'S FINEST ANTIQUE ENGINE MUSEUM

    Continue to celebrate the world’s finest collection of early and historically significant internal combustion engines with Coolspring, Vol. 2. Featuring 39 different engines from Volume 1, this selection focuses on engines displayed in the five newest buildings at the Coolspring Power Museum in Coolspring, Pa. The perfect companion to Volume 1, we hope the photos and stories shared in Volume 2 will fuel your daydreams until you’re able to make the pilgrimage to America’s finest antique engine museum.

    Item: 8395

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  • FARM COLLECTOR FIELD GUIDE TO MYSTERY FARM TOOLS

    Take a trip to a simpler era, when inventors crafted solutions that required neither chips nor circuit boards – just plain old American ingenuity. This collection features a variety of tools, presented with original photos and text. Can you identify these mystery items without looking at the descriptions?

    All of the tools come from the pages of Farm Collector, a magazine for collectors of vintage farm equipment. In the monthly What Is It? feature, readers contribute photos of objects and others pitch in to identify the items (often sharing memories of personal experience with long-forgotten tools). The popular articles have been running for 12 years, and this collection draws from that rich archive to present some of the most inventive of inventions and most curious of curiosities.

    Item: 4850

    Format: Paperback

  • FARM MACHINERY, 6TH EDITION

    Farm Machinery is the definitive book on the current theory and practice of farm mechanization for students and farmers. First published in 1979, this new sixth edition incorporates much new text and 280 new color photographs illustrating the steady flow of developments in farm mechanization that have taken place over the past decade. 

    Recent advances in computer technology and satellite field mapping are included. New content enriches the earlier material dealing with the working principles and operation of the vast array of the somewhat less sophisticated farm tractors and machines still in use on British farms.

    Chapters discuss tractors, cultivation and drilling equipment, crop care, and harvest machinery. Further chapters deal with farmyard and estate maintenance equipment, mechanical handlers, dairy equipment, irrigation farm power, and the farm workshop. References are made to the UK Health & Safety at Work Act and other safety regulations.

    These summarise their main requirements, but they should only be taken as a guide. Brian Bell has had a long involvement with farm machinery that started with an apprenticeship in a tractor dealership. After a teaching career on farm machinery at Otley College in Suffolk, he retired as Vice Principal in 1993 when he was awarded the MBE for services to agriculture. Brian Bell has written several books and made seventeen DVDs on modern and vintage tractors and machinery.

    Item: 11627

    Author: Brian Bell

    Format: Hardcover

  • FARM MECHANICS

    An essential agricultural text originally published in 1922, Farm Mechanics is a detailed but easy-to-understand manual outlining all the important aspects of working the land.

    The guide is broken up into sections that cover every aspect of farm work, from woodworking and laying cement to farm machinery repair. Informative and easy to understand (with close to 500 illustrations and photographs), Farm Mechanics is both a historical reference for those interested in the history of agriculture and a commonsense tool that outlines essential agricultural skills.

    For those who want to know more about the golden days of farming, there are plenty of details here to paint a vivid picture of early 20th century farming in the United States, accompanied by detailed photos and illustrations of farm equipment and practices in action.

    But this isn’t just a book of theoretical practices for curious historians either. While some of the skills explained here seem inapplicable for modern use (most farmers no longer take the time to learn blacksmithing), other sections contain tools and advice that are still indispensable to the modern farmer (such as the passages on cement and concrete, or rope and harness work for farm animals).

    Item: 9282

    Author: Fred Crawshaw & E.W. Lehmann

    Format: Paperback

  • HANDY FARM DEVICES AND HOW TO MAKE THEM, SECOND EDITION

    Handy Farm Devices, Second Edition, is as useful and pertinent for homesteaders and small-scale farmers today as it was when it was first published nearly 100 years ago. A wealth of labor- and money-saving projects fills this century-old guide to low-tech property maintenance along with easy-to-follow instructions and practical illustrations. Within the pages of this book you will learn to make:

    • Spill-proof chicken waterers
    • Portable chicken coops
    • A lightweight orchard ladder
    • A small truss bridge
    • An easy fence-post and stump-puller
    • Gates that don't sag
    • Gates that lift over snowdrifts
    • A handy wood splitter
    • A bicycle-powered washing machine
    • And much more

    Handy Farm Devices, Second Edition is a rare and engaging combination of nostalgic Americana and helpful instruction, sure to appeal to everyone inclined toward self-sufficiency and the country life.





    Item: 10715

    Author: Rolfe Cobleigh

    Format: Paperback

  • HANDY FARM EQUIPMENT AND HOW TO USE IT

    This classic guide presents practical information on virtually every aspect of farm equipment, machinery, and organization. Originally published in 1917, Handy Farm Equipment and How to Use It surveys every topic of importance to the challenge of equipping a successful and fully functional farm, including lighting the farm home, establishing sources of water, and arranging for sewage disposal for the farmhouse. Additional sections provide detailed discussions of such indispensable examples of farm equipment as tillage tools, seeding machinery, manure spreaders, grain binders, and corn harvesters.

    Fully illustrated throughout with drawings, diagrams, plans, and photographs, Handy Farm Equipment and How to Use It will prove as interesting to the current farmer for its still-prudent advice on the timeless problems of farm management as it will to the history buff who wishes to catch an image of what the American farm was like at the beginning of the 20th century. It provides a lovely foray into the rich legacy of American agriculture and will appeal to anyone who has ever been interested in the nuts and bolts of farm life.

    Item: 9120

    Author: HARRY C. RAMSOWER

    Format: Paperback

  • INTERNATIONAL HARVESTER HOUGH AND DRESSER

    International Harvester, Hough, and Dresser Construction and Industrial Machines are illustrated and described in detail along with a history of each company. The machines include crawler and wheel tractors and dozers, attachments for IH crawlers, tracked and wheeled loaders, scrapers, off-road trucks, hydraulic excavators, smaller industrial equipment, engines used to power these machines, and machines from other manufacturers that were powered by IH engines. Tables showing each model with years built, horsepower, weight, and other basic data are in appendices.

    Item: 11099

    Author: Roger Amato

    Format: Hardcover

  • OILY HANDS AND THE SMELL OF DIESEL: TALES OF A FORD DEALER ENGINEER IN THE 1960s

    1960 saw the dawn of unprecedented innovation and development in farm machinery; a period of rapid technological advancement produced machines that are the mainstay of the current very buoyant vintage tractor restoration movement. At the start of the decade, spark-ignition Standard Fordson tractors still occasionally required repair; by the end of the decade, the Fordson Diesel Major had been replaced by the Ford 1000 series. 

    The history of these iconic brands is well-known; Oily Hands and the Smell of Diesel gives an alternative view - the inside story of the agricultural machinery repair trade. First employed as an apprentice, then moving his way up to an engineer, David Harris gives an entertaining, informative personal account of his time at a Ford main tractor dealership. While working on Ford, Fordson, County, Roadless and Muirhill tractors, Chaseside loaders, Claas combines, and New Holland and Jones balers. 

    Including many historical photographs, David describes the technical challenges in detail and tells of the ups and downs of life in the workshop and out in the field. This book will be a must-read for anyone who is or was involved in the machinery industry, anyone looking to restore or repair vintage agricultural machinery, and anyone with a general interest in farming and machinery history.

    Item: 11624

    Author: David Harris

    Format: Paperback

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