Rowcrops Old Tractors on the Farm
The farm doesn't produce as much as it once did, but there are still plenty of chores that require tractors:  Hauling manure out of the barn or hay in, running the brushhog, pullling a plow or a rake, hauling kids or tools or miscellaneous stuff around in the wagon, pulling one of the other tractors to start it, going to get the newspaper, etc.  These are some of the tractors we've used for those tasks, although we could always use a couple more.  Click on the photos to go to larger images.
Baling with the D-19
My dad on his 1963 Allis Chalmers D-19, on a fine haymaking day in June 1997.  The three guys on the wagon, plus three more who were unloading a different wagon at this same time, had brought additional tractors, wagons, and muscle, not to mention the rake and the baler.  In return we helped with their own hay, replaced broken teeth on the rake, and had cold beer waiting when the hay was in the barn.
The 1953 Super M Farmall I had for a few years, in that same hayfield.  I keep this image on the wallpaper of my computer at work, and look at it every time the paperwork, fluorescent lights, and ringing telephone threaten to drive me nuts.  Sure miss that tractor.  See also:
Super M Farmall
Allis D-19 Another view of my dad on his tractor.  The D-19 is the primary tractor on the farm now, having replaced the Case VAH, Allis D-15, and Farmall 560 that came before it.  
Allis D-15 My sister raking with the D-15 several years ago.  Good little tractor.  See more about D-15s in General First-Tractor Buying Advice  
My 1965 John Deere 3020 at the previous owner's house in Indiana in January 1999.   I had a great time buying this tractor--the seller had rebuilt and repainted the tractor himself, modestly described its strengths and cheerfully admitted its faults, and was generous with his time and patient with my questions. See also:
John Deere 3020
Model A My dad tinkering with his late-40s John Deere A on a gorgeous Fall day in 1997, listening to that great two-cylinder sound
Classic row-crop tractors:  Dad's John Deere A and my Farmall Super M.  What do these tractors have in common with New York Central's 20th Century Limited, Pennsylvania Railroad's GG1 locomotive, Trimline telephones, and Coke bottles?  They were designed by Henry Dreyfuss (the John Deere) and Raymond Loewy (the Farmall). 
The A and the Super M
The John Deere was a good old tractor, but needed some tinkering to get it to be able to start on its own.  We never quite had the time to do that, so I was more than glad to lend a hand and a chain with the Farmall.  My dad sold the A a few months after these photos were taken, to a young guy who can give it the patient attention it needs.  I sold the Super M a year or two after that, making room for the 3020.
Pulling the A
Hauling manure Show ready In the barn October
A manure spreader would be a necessity if we had more horses, or if we were trying to be cost-effective.  But for an office dweller like me, having some extra real work to do where I can see how much I've done, how much remains, and whether or not I've done it well, is part of the satisfaction of farm life.  I cleaned the Super M up for a tractor pull a couple of times, but in 1996 the show got rained out and in 1997 it was cancelled at the last minute.  But at least both years I got to enjoy driving the tractor along the 15-mile backroad-route to the showgrounds (although the trip home in 96, with the rainwater flipping off the right rear wheel and being blown by the wind directly onto me, wasn't quite as idyllic).
In August 2006, I bought this 1948 Case VAH back from the neighbor my dad had sold it to about twenty years earlier.  I learned to drive and plow and haul wood with this tractor, and am glad to have it back on the farm.  It's still a good-running little tractor.  I'll gradually work on fixing it up, and someday hope to restore it to its original Case Flambeau Red color. Case VAH, August 06 VAH, November 06
VAH, April 07 VAH, April 07 VAH, April 07 VAH, April 07

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