2014 - Volume #38, Issue #5, Page #23[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Retired Farmer Builds Toy Implements
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 wasnt 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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