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He Makes Mini Tractors From Sewing Machines
Rod Hancock of Nanaimo, B.C., makes model tractors from old Singer Sewing machines. “I saw a YouTube video of a guy in England making them, and I thought, why not try it?” says Hancock. “His designs are more elaborate because they can steer and whatnot. I just wanted to make a representation.”
Sourcing antique sewing machines is the easy part. Millions were made, so Hancock can find them listed for $20 or even for free on Facebook Marketplace.
Before he can make the model, Hancock first disassembles the sewing machine and removes all small parts. “Most of the small parts are repurposed for parts on the tractor such as headlights, control levers, and foot pedals,” he says. “Then I have to weld up a base and sandblast everything. I paint the parts before reassembly. This especially applies to the ones that are two colors.” It takes him 25 to 30 hrs. to make each model.
Hancock sells his model tractors locally for $180. Shipping is possible but increases costs because the machines require a small plywood crate for protection. Contact him directly by email.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Rod Hancock (rhwelder@shaw.ca).

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