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Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Dacusville 2016

Hurricanes make great show weather, that is if they pass by to the east the day before. They act like a giant vacuum cleaner that sucks all the humidity out of the air and they carry it off with them as they leave. It’s the only good thing about hurricanes. While coastal residents were cleaning up the soggy mess Hermine left behind, visitors to the Dacusville Farm Show enjoyed a perfect late summer day.

This year’s event featured Wheel Horse products, a bold change from the usual fare. The thing that jumps out at you is how small the early models were. Not small compared to a full size tractor but small compared to riding mowers today. I have a hard time imagining bumping along the ground straddling a hot engine but they were quite popular at the time and enjoy a large collector following today.

The crowd pleasing Russell was back, accompanied on the steam whistles by a Case 30 hp portable.

Likewise the usual contingent of the Green Machine.

The Red Tractor has never been known to back down from a challenge, even if it’s painted yellow.

And there was plenty of smoke and popping for the hit & miss aficionado.

The Oliver line was well represented.

And some Persian Orange was thrown in to add some color.

Not that many for sale signs this year so the market report will be a little lean.

A 1946 John Deere asking $6,500

1953 John Deere 420 crawler for $4000 OBO.

1965 Allis-Chalmers Big 10 with attachments $1,250.
Look for more in the posts ahead for editor’s picks of interesting stuff.

Visit for information about next year’s event.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

1930 J.I. Case Model L

Looking like it just rolled off the the J.I. Case assembly line in Racine Wisconsin, This 1930 Model L was exhibited at the Tri- State Antique Power Association 2016 Show by owners Charles and Glenna Barkley.

In production from 1929 to 1940 Case manufactured 31,678 Model L tractors over that 11 year production run.

Rated for 3 to 4 plows and weighing in at 5307 to 8025 pounds it was a big, powerful tractor for it’s day. Powered by a Case 403 cubic inch four cylinder engine it provided ample power for plowing and was especially popular for belt work like threshing and powering sawmills.

Case literature claimed 32 hp on the drawbar and 45 hp from the PTO but the Nebraska Test rated it at 40.8 drawbar and 47.04 hp on the belt. For those who might be wondering what a Nebraska Test is, an interesting digression is in order.

Back in the day before politicians discovered they could create a “Foundation”  to
launder their bribes, kickbacks and payola from foreign powers for facilitating espionage, some of them actually had to work for a living. Like most of his constituents State Representative Wilmont F. Crozier was a farmer and he had been repeatedly burned by fly by night tractor salesmen. Together with State Senator Charles J. Warner he introduced a bill that became the Nebraska Tractor Test Law in 1919. Every tractor sold in Nebraska was required to be evaluated by a team of engineers at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. The results of these test were then made available to the public.

Testing began with a Waterloo Boy Model N 12-25 on March 31, 1920 and has continued to the present day. It has proved so valuable to consumers that it quickly became a national and is now an international standard. You can view and download the report on your favorite tractor’s performance by visiting the University of Nebraska Lincoln website at