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Retired Farmer Builds Toy Implements
Retired, and with a bad back, Tom Mach has discovered that building miniature implements suits him. The materials are lighter to lift, but the part he enjoys – figuring out how to create design details – is as challenging as working on full size tractors.
  “I had these pedal tractors and nothing to go behind them,” explains the retired Wagner, S. Dak., farmer. “I started building implements as a hobby to pull behind them.”
  His first creation was a folding tandem disk. Thanks to a die for the disks, made by his son, Tracy, the project wasn’t too difficult, Mach says. He trimmed the rough-cut blades to size on a lathe. The disk axles run on the same type of ball bearings used in pedal tractors.
  Mounting a 2-row corn picker on a Deere pedal tractor took a lot of trial and error and about a month of work to complete. It includes snapping rollers and a simulated elevator.
  “I wanted to get the look of the Deere 227 mounted corn picker,” Mach says.
  He uses 16 to 18-ga. metal for most of his projects, but used wood for the walls on his third project ­– a grain wagon.
  “I like to play with this stuff,” Mach admits. “I belong to a tractor club and show them at meetings.”
  His next project, a field cultivator, has him busy figuring out how to make the sweeps in miniature.
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Tom Mach, 611 3rd St. S.E., Wagner, S. Dak. 57380 (ph 605 384-5636).

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2014 - Volume #38, Issue #5