Sure thing....Here it is...
Hope you guys like it and that I did the old tractors justice!! This article has not yet been published so you get to see it first!
Vintage Iron on a hot summer day.
Donâ€™t overlook the tractors of days gone by! By: Lyle Hindman
There is something about that distinctive sound of the muffler cap lightly tapping the muffler that takes me back to a time where a good dayâ€™s work meant something. It is 8 a.m. on this mid summer Saturday morning as I walk out to my 1948 Farmall Cub tractor. The morning dew evident on my boots as I wipe the seat with my forearm trying not to spill my coffee. I climb aboard, pull the chock and fire up the 6 volt generator that starts up oleâ€™ â€œTillyâ€. Tink, tink, tink, the muffler cap lightly singsâ€¦â€¦
As food plotting popularity grows, so does the industry. I have witnessed the craze of the food plotting evolution in every hunting magazine, outdoor TV show, and hunting video. There are countless companies that advertise various seed blends, food plot equipment, and accessories that were not visible 5 to 10 years ago. With the increasing popularity of planting food plots on the rise, you can surely count on big business being right there to capitalize.
I am one of the little guys, just like everyone else I guess. The average consumer with a family whoâ€™s already bursting budget just does not allow for a new tractor or ATV that can cost in excess of $10,000! If you are in this majority as I am, then you know the feeling. Like most of you, I do not have any friends or family in the farming business or know anyone that has the equipment I need to help me accomplish my management goals. I spent years with the oleâ€™ rototiller and hand rake working the soil on my little piece of â€œheavenâ€ putting in food plots, year after year, with countless blisters an callusesâ€™ to show for it! I decided that something needed to be done.
Looking at various options to help me with this task, I had all about given up. I searched local papers, internet classifieds, and even local auctions looking for a used ATV that could handle this job. They were all well out of my price range and averaging $3500 to $4000. The thought of owning a tractor, the king of all plotting machines, I thought was well out of my reach! Boy was I wrong! My search ended when I stumbled upon a 1948 International Farmall Cub for $1300.00, in which I proudly named â€œTillyâ€!!
The tractors and implements of â€œyesterdayâ€ are often overlooked by most as a perfect solution for food plots. These tractors have stood the test of time and were definitely built to last. There are several vintage makes and models to suit everyoneâ€™s needs. From small tractors able to negotiate a tight trail system, to large scale tractors, able to farm large tracts of land. For the majority of recreational folks planting food plots, the plots are small, under 5 acres in size with the majority being well under that. The small utility tractors are perfect for Michigan food plotters and should not be overlooked. There are surpluses of these tractors available today as the smaller utility tractors were put away for more modern, larger, and faster pace machines. These old tractors can be found very easily for under $1000 and run like the day they came off the assembly line. Implements like disc harrows, chisel plows, drags, cultipackers, and cultivators are in abundance as well and many times come with the tractor upon purchase.
I have found that you do not need farming experience to operate these old machines as they are very easy to operate and a pleasure to drive. There are several websites that offer support for their favorite brands and sites that have all the information you need about these late model tractors, even available tractors in your area. A great site that is dedicated to older tractors and a great place to start is http://www.tractorshed.com
I only wish I would have learned about these old tractors years ago. I am now able to put the fast pace of the city behind as I climb aboard my vintage iron and slip back to a time where the air was cleaner and life was a little less hectic, if only for a weekendâ€¦