Tue Aug 28, 2012 12:45 am
Would anyone happen to know the story on these little buttons? They were found at a gentlemans place that used to be the manager of an IH Dealership. I found them sitting in an old IH Refridgerator in a barn on top of several Parts Manuals. From a quick search, I see that this was a line of long lasting parts IH patented. There was also a belt buckle made to advertise the "Earth Metal" parts. I wonder what year these buttons would be from? More info about the buttons and the line in general would be nice too.
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Tue Aug 28, 2012 7:28 am
IIRC Earth Metal came out in the '70s. It was IH's brand of steel used for disk blades, plow parts, cultivator shovels, etc. It was supposed to be a longer-wearing type of steel. I think caseIH still uses the name.
Tue Aug 28, 2012 8:27 am
If I am not mistaken Ken Updike had an article on Earth Metal in one of last years Red Power - had to do with IH's revolutionary tillage system.
Tue Aug 28, 2012 1:57 pm
I really need to subscribe to Red Power!! I wonder what a lifetime membership would be?? Yeah, from the research I've done (not much), I have found what you said AL. I think I'm going to keep the buttons in the original packaging for now and not open them. I also picked up a Cub (Lincoln #??? (can't remember the number)) Grease Gun, and a huge stack of manuals ( I will share with you soon Rudi for the archives). I am planning on trying to locate a glass display case (like at a jewelry store) to display them all in my new shop office.
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