Mowing hay (a mixture of alfalfa and grass) with a John Deere Model A and Number 5 sickle mower. We have a nice rotary swather, but thought it’d be fun to spend some time and shoot some video of the A and No. 5.
I was a little later getting to the feeding tonight, but it gave me a good opportunity to use my newly installed LED lights. They are a lot brighter than the originals, yet still fit in the same housings (and look “original”). Also, the snow is getting deeper. It’s been pretty cold lately, so the tractor still goes through it okay. It was around 10 degrees F when I was feeding.
I recently rebuilt the engine on the 1947 A. I changed out the head and block, plus put new high-compression pistons in it.
This video shows a few photos, plus the first few drives with the newly rebuilt engine. The newer high-compression pistons sure make a big difference!
Special thanks to Jerry’s Machine & Engine Parts of Idaho Falls, Idaho, for their work with the new head and block.
Last year, I used the 630 to feed with. However, I thought it would be fun to try the A as well. I think the A is one of my favorite two-cylinder models.
In this video I’m feeding beef cattle (Herefords and Angus) with the A and a custom-made feeder. The feeder used to be a round bale bagger. I converted it to work with the 3x4x8 large square bales. Bales are loaded with a 3020 PowerShift.
Recently, I had the opportunity to purchase a 1953 International Harvester Farmall Super M. The tractor was in a non-running condition. It had a stuck (seized) engine, and was missing a few other components.
Although I am mostly a Deere person (meaning, I prefer to purchase and use John Deere equipment), I have a respect and admiration for all classic pieces of farm history. The Farmall line of tractors is no exception. Although my paternal line was mostly Deere (with the exception of having a few Ford N series machines), my maternal side often had Farmall tractors. The tractor posted here, left, is a Farmall M that was purchased by my great-grandparents on my mothers side. Farmall tractors were also very popular in the valley, although I believe my particular town was mostly Deere.
The other thing I enjoy about restoring these old machines is seeing them come back to life again. One of the most enjoyable moments is having that first fire. Although it took a while to fine tune its running, I was able to learn a great deal and believe I have it running well now.
Here are a few videos I put together of the restore of the tractor, along with taking it out and letting it stretch her legs for a bit.
I was flying my drone (DJI Mavic Air) up a canyon to get some nice shots of the beautiful mountains. While I was reviewing the footage, I was surprised to see a Peregrine falcon had decided at the last moment to not try to have the drone for lunch. I’d say they both got pretty lucky!
I as fortunate, however, to get some footage of such a beautiful animal!