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2010 - Volume #34, Issue #6, Page #39
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Where To Buy Horse-Drawn Plow Parts, And More

Norman Macknair is known as the guy to go to for parts for horse-drawn plows. With thousands of cast iron parts on hand, he's probably the largest cast iron plow part supplier in the country. However, the plow business is only part of what he does. Living in the heart of "old order" Amish country, Macknair, and his father before him, built a business based on supply and repair of old equipment. Today, his customers range as far as Europe.
"I recently shipped two manure spreaders to Ireland and two more to France," he says. "I have guys in Europe who give me a list of stuff they want and 6 to 10 months to locate it."
He sells and restores spreaders, plows, binders, mowers and other equipment. He estimates he has rebuilt 40 to 50 spreaders alone in the past 30 years.
"With manure spreaders, it's often best to strip them down to the frame and start fresh," says Macknair.
Macknair has 14 acres of equipment for resale and salvage, as well as new and salvaged parts for ground driven equipment.
"I stock McCormick-Deering and Deere grain binder canvas at $140 to $175 per set, as well as reprints of old manuals," says Macknair. "I have a huge selection of detachable chain as well as old cast iron links. I also carry pitmans for mowers and grain binders and make replacement parts for two-way plow hitches."
While Macknair carries many plow parts, the hardest to find, he says, are plow bottoms. He notes that many plow bottoms were regionally adapted. "What worked for one type of soil in Pennsylvania didn't work in Minnesota," he explains. "At the same time, Oliver and Deere two-way plows were common throughout the country and used the same bottoms."
Macknair ships parts throughout the country and overseas. He leaves the shipping of rebuilt, repaired and "as-is" equipment to the buyer. He does ask that customers be patient when contacting him.
"I am just a one-man show here," he says. "If you're in a hurry, call me. Otherwise send an e-mail or letter."
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, B.W. Macknair & Son, 3055 U.S. Hwy. 522 N., Lewistown, Penn. 17044 (ph 717 543-5136; norman@macknair.com; www.macknair.com).
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