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The Eternal Nature of Old Tractors


 
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 19, 2013 12:04 pm    Post subject: The Eternal Nature of Old Tractors Reply to specific post Reply with quote

It's not my intension to get philosophical, theological, or sentimental, but it usually happens anyway so oh well, bear with it.

Besides the family history of agriculture, lessons learned, stories, and such, old tractors are an icon of sorts. Impressive are the things that stand the test of time against the elements, human abuse, or just plain fate. We've heard the stories of tractors that put food on the table for both farmer and customer, that in a surprising twist of fate, returned to those that held it in high esteem many decades later. Engines that sat idle years at a time, break loose, and now come roaring to life.

What is it in these old beasts that refuses to die? They are just steel. They have no life, no soul, no will. All that they have is only what men put into them, a lasting testament to the designers, builders, and users who wished for a machine that would labor nobly to accomplish noble tasks.

It's said, that which is truly good, true, and beautiful, is everlasting. If so, then a simple, yet rugged machine that retains its appearance or function years after it's served its purpose is truly a thing of beauty, a tribute to the men from whom it was built, and of whom it served. It has integrity like a man. Think of a big red barn or an old white farmhouse. Why do some still stand tall? Think of the builders and their humble needs their tools filled. Here's a little something to remember about things that last and pieces of metal (like big golden MM) that point to something bigger:

The gold also which they have, is for shew,but except a man wipe off the rust, they will not shine; for neither when they were molten, did they feel it. Men buy them at a high price, whereas there is no breath in them.
Baruch 6:23-24

He is like a man building a house, who digged deep, and laid the foundation upon a rock. And when the flood came, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and it could not shake it; for it was founded on a rock.
Luke6:48

Like a house, as such are old rugged tractors.

Ethan Berry
 
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 19, 2013 7:21 pm    Post subject: Re: The Eternal Nature of Old Tractors Reply to specific post Reply with quote

When the last remianing person who remembers using a tractor from the era when the industrial revoultion came to its" own in agriculture is no longer alive therefore removing the any sentimental attachment the "antique tractor" will go by the way of the model T and be relagated mainly to museuems.
 
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 20, 2013 6:26 am    Post subject: Re: The Eternal Nature of Old Tractors Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Well said Ethan. These things are too tough to die. Larry you are right about the Model T but as long as these tractors are usable they won't go that way. Model Ts aren't very practical for transportation these days, that's also why the interest dropped. Several farmers still use antique tractors for work around the farm, at least here in Iowa and MN.
 
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 21, 2013 11:12 am    Post subject: Re: The Eternal Nature of Old Tractors Reply to specific post Reply with quote

That is going to be printed, framed, and hung over my work bench.
 
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 21, 2013 11:21 am    Post subject: Re: The Eternal Nature of Old Tractors Reply to specific post Reply with quote

The ultimate compliment. Thank you.
 
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 21, 2013 11:43 am    Post subject: Re: The Eternal Nature of Old Tractors Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Well said Ethan!!!!
 
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 21, 2013 6:01 pm    Post subject: Re: The Eternal Nature of Old Tractors Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Mopower wrote:
(quoted from post at 20:21:26 08/21/13) The ultimate compliment. Thank you.


My work bench is nondenominational so I hope you don't hold it against me if I omit the part in parentheses about the big gold MM.
 
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 22, 2013 5:48 am    Post subject: Re: The Eternal Nature of Old Tractors Reply to specific post Reply with quote

For me its a connection to a more simple time. Plain and simple.
Well spoken Ethan
 
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 22, 2013 9:02 am    Post subject: Re: The Eternal Nature of Old Tractors Reply to specific post Reply with quote

There's Deere, Case, and Massey Harris amongst tractors of the chosen color in the promised land of the Berry barn. An Oliver just left. All are welcome, though very intimidated by the infallible golden stewards of horsepower. Oh, well Grandpa has his 1953 D6, 1957 D7, and 1967 D5 Caterpillars too. All in running and working order. They are still used regularly in his excavation business though at age 88 he takes a few more days off than he used to.
 
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 22, 2013 11:25 am    Post subject: Re: The Eternal Nature of Old Tractors Reply to specific post Reply with quote


I've said it before and I'll say it again........a book, I'm telling you have got to right a book, I'll invest in it and we will be millionaire's..........





......................and then blow it all on old tractors and farming.
 
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