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Farm Toys Patterned After Old Equipment
Tilford Jergenson, Starbuck, Minn., has worked for years restoring 1900 - 1935 era farm equipment as a hobby. Now he and partner Wes Torguson have started building 1/16 scale "collectibles" of the same equipment.
"Dozens of manufacturers build farm toys but so far as we know, no one else builds toys of farm equipment used in the early 1900's," says Jergenson.
Their company, T.J. Vintage, offers 12 "collectibles". They include grain binders, corn binders, bull wheel-driven horse binders, threshing machines, grain swathers, hay loaders, auto steer wagons, triple boxes, hay racks, bale racks, draft horses and tractors.
All of the toys are built with authentic detail, such as the-cast metal wheels or die cast spoke wheels with rubber tires, spot-welded metal, chains with wooden slats, and belts (rubber binders). The draft horses come complete with poles, evener and neck yoke.
The most popular toy Jergenson sells is a 1938 McCormick-Deering grain binder that sells for $65.
He makes seven different models of threshing machines, including Deere, Inter-national, Case, Woods Bros., Red River Special, Bull City and Avery. "My favorite is a McCormick-Deering threshing ma-chine," notes Jergenson, adding that threshers are the most difficult toy to make be-cause they contain as many as 150 different parts.
Jergenson's grain swather is a scale model of a 9-ft. left or right-hand power take-off swather with spoke wheels and rubber tires. Grain and corn binders are also power take-off models. Corn binders are available in left or right hand cut.
Prices: Threshing machines, $155; grain binders, $65; grain swathers, $39.50; corn binders, $52.50; bull wheel-driven horse binders, $75; hay loaders, $80; auto steer wagons, $27.50; triple boxes, $17.50; hay racks, $19.50; bale racks, $19.50; horses, $35 apiece with harness; poles with evener and neck yoke, $10; Deere A & G tractors, $37.50; Farmall F-20 tractors, $55.
For more information, contact: FARM SHOW Followup, T.J. Vintage, Inc., Box 670, Starbuck, Minn. 56381 (ph 612 239-4631).

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1989 - Volume #13, Issue #4