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Out taking pictures today and stumbled across this.

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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.




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Originally posted by Old_Nodaker
<img src=http://www.hpphoto.com/servlet/LinkPhoto?GUID=14b964e7-5146-5cf7-48fc-4e3d27ad4ae7&size=>
is that home made
 

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nvm it has drop axles. its gotta be a f-20 or f-30. could be a regular as it looks like its got the open steering gear but i think they musta modified that for the new front end.
 

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Jbetts13 has it right, its a homemade merry go round, albeit a vertical one (maybe the first ferris wheel?) There's a seat on the other wheel also. I'll find out more about it when I get a chance.
 

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I'll hazard a guess. Maybe it is a very, very old attempt at a detasseling machine. I could see someone sitting in the seats, cutting the tassels off, while that contraption rode above the corn?
 

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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.
 

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Originally posted by Old_Nodaker
Out taking pictures today and stumbled across this.

<img src=http://www.hpphoto.com/servlet/LinkPhoto?GUID=1e79da8b-1b54-675d-4d60-28cc7b709ec5&size=>


OK I will guess.......

Eather a tire lath, or grinder for the main driver tires on a steam locomotive.
 

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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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Hurray! What did I win?
 
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