| June/July 2001

44 Darwin Hill Road New Milford, Connecticut 06776

While plowing my driveway this winter with my 1959 John Deere 730 Standard, I wondered how many other people were using old farm tractors to move snow. So many times we hear of people putting their tractors away for the winter. Well, I guess while these people are draining the water from radiators, polishing the paint and spraying some rubber protectant on the tires, people like me are checking antifreeze levels, putting on tire chains and mounting snowplows to their old tractors.

I made some phone calls to some friends to let them know I wanted to come and take photos of their tractor. I put my camera in my pick-up and off I went.

First stop was to see Dan Readyoff and his John Deere 50 with a New Idea 501 loader. With the hand clutch and a hydraulic activated bucket you are kept busy running this rig.

Down the road just a bit to see Rob Carlson. A 1953 Farmall Super M with a snow blade, tire chains and plenty of rear wheel weights is the tractor Rob uses to move snow.

Then I was off to the Reimer Ridge Farm to see the oldest tractor in my travels. Charlie Reimer uses a 1944 John Deere B. This tractor is hand start, no problems with a dead battery on a cold morning with this tractor. This tractor has a blue-grey swirl colored steering wheel. It looks like something from a 1950s hot rod. Charlie told me John Deere had to substitute materials during WWII and with age these steering wheels have changed color. It was also the smoothest steering wheel I have ever seen on an old tractor, and no cracksmaybe this substitute material should have been the normal stuff used during production?