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What’s that THING?

Planter plates Planter plates or seed plates are an integral part of row crop planters, especially for corn. They are round plates or disks with indentations, slots, or holes evenly spaced around their outer edge. White plater plate - current   International planter plate - 1960s   John Deere planter plate - 1940s   Each row unit of a ...read more

What’s that Thing?

Grease Gun Most kinds of machinery with moving parts need grease for lubrication. Machinery needing grease require a special tool to get the grease exactly where it’s supposed to go. Thus, the grease gun.   What is grease? Grease consists of oil combined with a substance which makes it thicker, such as lithium. Grease ...read more

What’s in there?

BARNS Old barns are often like giant treasure chests: full of intriguing items and construction details that are hints of times gone by. Here are a few details you might see in old barns found locally. Hayloft or haymow - Many old barns were designed to store hay or straw in an ...read more