2015 - Volume #39, Issue #1, Page #44[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Combine Augers Used To Make Farm Entryway
“My dad Al drove Massey combines from Texas to Nebraska from 1949 until 1980, and I was riding in combines before I could walk,” recalls Irons. “I continued harvesting for another 5 years. Massey gave my dad one of the first 30-ft. header prototypes to try. I wanted to make something out of Massey combines to commemorate that.”
Irons says the augers are there to stay. The flighting set in concrete helps make the augers even more stable than the cylinder alone would be. The arch is 28 ft. across and 19 ft. high at the center. Irons found it at a fabricator in Dallas. It was a reject being scrapped.
“I mounted the old stationary engine wheel to it,” says Irons. “I found round medallions at the scrap yard and mounted them to the tops of the augers. I thought they looked like sunflower petals.”
Irons credits his dad for the inspiration, his son Kainion for helping with installation, and his wife Ginger for approving of it.
“It’s beautiful,” she says. “Our place is also a wedding venue. We have a lot of people comment about them, especially those wondering what they are.” Irons needs only one thing to make it complete.
“I would like to find an old Massey dealer sign to hang from the arch,” he says.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Kent Irons, 938 Old Coleman Hwy., Abilene, Texas 79602 (ph 325 338-2470).
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