2012 - Volume #36, Issue #4, Page #22[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Tractor-Made Ice Cream
Michael Densmore, Winchester, Ind., mounted a 5-gal. freezer on front of his 1966 Deere 110 garden tractor thatís direct-driven off the tractor engine. His homemade ice cream maker was recently featured in Lawn and Garden Tractor Magazine (www.lagtmag.com).
Densmore grew up on a farm in Indiana in the 1960ís and remembers his family making homemade ice cream on Sunday afternoons, using a hand-operated ice cream freezer. When he got older he became a heavy equipment mechanic and then worked for a construction company.
For 10 years or so on his drives to and from work, he kept thinking about how he could adapt a tractor to turn a freezer and make ice cream. A few years ago he went to a show in Porterville, Pennsylvania, and watched as they made ice cream as a fundraiser. Two tiers of freezers were belted to a line shaft powered by a steam engine. From there he figured out how to accomplish his goal of tractor-made ice cream.
He also made an ice cream maker thatís powered by a Wheelhorse garden tractor, with a belt-driven gearbox mounted on front of the tractor. He says the tractor-powered ice cream makers are a big hit at antique tractor shows, anniversary parties, ice cream socials, and other events.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Michael Densmore, 727 E. 500 S., Winchester, Ind. 47394 (ph 765 874-1938).
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