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Specialized Tractor Designed To Roll Sod
With 40-in. wide rear steel wheels and front steel wheels that are 16 in. wide, Bill Hedrick’s Farmall H is one-of-a-kind. The wheels are as high as they are wide and designed to pack sod before it is cut and lifted.
    “A neighbor knew I collected tractors, and one day he told me he had an H I needed,” recalls Hedrick. “I said I didn’t need another H, but he said this one was different. I went to see it, and he was right. I had never heard of anything like it.”
    Hedrick thought he had seen everything when it came to tractors. He and his son Jason are avid collectors. They currently have 89, up 5 from only a few months ago.
    “They follow me home,” says Hedrick, who began collecting in 1970. “In those days an older farmer would die, and you could buy a good, running, older tractor for $300.”
    In the nearly 50 years since, he has assembled a wide variety of brands, models and types, including homemade tractors. Only 2 or 3 in the collection are either not restored or not running.
    People wanting to see the unique H and other tractors in the collection can do so during the Hedrick tractor day in June. He and his son get every tractor out and moving over the course of a week.
    “We pick a day and invite friends and neighbors to come for the day,” says Hedrick. “Some of them bring their equipment. Last year we had 275 people, 150 tractors and 43 gas engines. We even have a parade and a thresherman’s dinner.”
    Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Bill Hedrick, 2232 W. 750N, West Lafayette, Ind. 47906 (ph 765 463-1715).

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2018 - Volume #42, Issue #6