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Jim McGraw on his '58 John Deere
Jim McGraw on his '58 John Deere

A caretaker of old tractors

Some people collect coins or stamps, others find joy in restoring vintage farm equipment. In the antique tractor world, collectors are divided into color categories: Farmall red, Allis-Chalmers orange, or John Deere green. Some collectors are sentimental and still want to use old tractors on the farm simply because it brings back the old good days. Others resurrect these metallic work horses to compete in tractor pulls. Todd Moe caught up with Jim McGraw, a St. Lawrence County classic tractor buff, as he was preparing for the annual Old Fashioned Harvest Days Exhibition in Madrid.  Go to full article
The 1923 Farquhar Steamer in Madrid, NY
The 1923 Farquhar Steamer in Madrid, NY

Heard Up North: An Iron Horse for the farm

A hundred years ago, steam power was used on farms during the fall harvest. Black steam engines on massive steel wheels traveled from farm to farm. They belched smoke, hissed steam and drove belts typically attached to threshers and choppers. This antique farm equipment is rare today. Over the weekend, the St. Lawrence Power and Equipment Museum held its annual Old Fashioned Harvest Days. It featured lots of old tractors, engines, and fieldwork demonstrations. Today's "Heard Up North" is the museum's resident 1923 Farquhar Steamer.  Go to full article

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