First off, my apologies for having disappeared for so long.. (Unless you were getting used to me not asking random, annoying questions, in which case, I’m sorry I’m back.) 😂 I could never remember my password, and tonight I finally reset it. I’ve been around, usually popping in at least once every week or two just to see what was going on.. but I digress.
The other week while scrolling through Facebook, I came upon an ad a guy had selling some random equipment for an older lady. We talked, and I agreed to drive to Findlay, OH to take a look.. I grabbed a friend, hopped in my Jeep, and made the trek down. Well, admittedly my phone was my GPS on the way down and, due to a charger cord error, was nearly dead when I got there. So sadly, I didint get to take any pictures, and instead I just have what had been posted to the ad. What I did find, in addition to a menagerie of Ford, Massey, and a few other brands, was a very nice condition IH-McCormick grain drill, last used and serviced in 2005, ready to go for the ‘06 season, and stored since, due to a death in the family. (my amateur detective work has led me to believe it is a model MF, with the optional grass seeder on the back) Nothing appears broken, bent, seized, or worn out (though the bottom of the fertilizer hopper is.. interesting. Could you pull it out piece by piece or something? It looked sorta like a jigsaw puzzle in the dim lighting. I don’t plan on spreading fertilizer with it anyway, but it would be nice if it worked, just so I had the option.)
There was also a lime drop-spreader, which was covered with so much dust and dirt it was hard to see anything other than the red paint. I’m hoping it was IH, because of the white wheel rim, but I know that’s a long shot. It was in a hard-to see, hard-to-get-around area of the barn, but I took a chance anyway, since everything else had been so well cared for.
I put a down payment of $60 on the two, and will be heading back down in a week to pay the rest and bring them back on a trailer. (I had full intention of taking a trailer last weekend, but it fell through.. which is actually a happy coincidence, because otherwise I wouldn’t have had enough with me to cover the lime spreader, not to mention the guy helping sell the stuff would have had to spend a few hours trying to get the two Massey combines parked in front of it running.)
They’re some good people, and we talked for quite awhile.. The actual owner came out and grilled me for a bit on who I was and where I was from, and what was I going to do with it.. She made me promise not to scrap it, and wished me the best of luck with my ambitions to start farming.