Actually I was hoping you could tell me what it is, I have no idea.
In the middle are step pullys with a flat belt and a clutch on the left end. I'll have to go back and look closer when it's nicer out.
That was not the picture I meant to post, this one is the tractor. It was just a couple of blocks from the mystery machine.
No homergreg, I do not think it is a detasseling machine because if you cut the tassel off a corn stalk it will grow back, I know that as I used to detassel corn for a summer job when I was kid and the easiliest way to detassel corn is pull the sucker straight out with a twisting motion. That way it cannot grow back.
Okay, more info on the tractor. I was told this morning that it indeed was used for de-tasseling corn. Of course the seats were originally set so they didn't go up and down, they were modified as shown for a local parade. The questions that arise from that knowledge are how in the heck could they go slow enough and what about traction as there is no evidence of slats on the smooth wheels.
No ideas on the other machine yet. The idea of it being for trimming locomotive wheels doesn't sound unreasonable.
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