Saturday, October 31, 2015
Sunday Reading - A Mystery Tool From Yesterday
Gonna go ahead and do tonights and tomorrows post together since starting in the morning I won't have time to post much until Tuesday.
It rained here pretty much all day today for a change and I had another small farm and equipment auction to go to. I really cannot stress what a gold mine these auctions are turning out to be for anyone in a sustainable, homesteading or prepping mindset. I doubt we will ever see circumstances like I been seeing regionally again for many years.
It's no secret young people have been leaving the rural areas and filling the cities for years now but couple this with the fact that so many old timers are now retiring or passing on has taken the bottom out of prices for old farm stuff. Certainly some items especially antiques do fetch premium prices but typically only those that can be displayed easily and are readily identifiable. As we have went from 90% of the population being tied to the land to just under 4% or so today there is very little competition for tools and other items that would be a gift in a grid down situation.
No I didn't buy a tractor today either although I seriously thought about it. I did try and buy a 16 foot stock trailer but some Woman next to me wanted it bad so I let her have it at about $1500.00 which was still a pretty good deal for her.
I did however knock another old item off my bucket list of must have old farm tools.....
Perhaps SF can tell us what type of scythe this is or more to the point what specific cutting it was designed for. I was under the impression that the thinner blades were for Wheat and Hay while the wider ones were for Corn but I may totally off the mark with that.
All the handles and blade were firmly attached and the main wood handle was still very solid and strong.
It has this three square hole adjustment tang that I guess is used to move the blade to the desired angle? Maybe for different types of crops? I sure don't know yet. This is my first adventure in learning scythe work.
I picked up this beauty for the whopping amount of eight bucks.
I then bid on a box that contained some hitch pins and yet another grease gun, I have 6 grease guns now my goal is to mount one on each tractor and the baler plus have spares. Inside the box was this mystery tool.
I really don't know what it is. An old guy next to me said he thinks it is a fence or wire stretching tool. The head swivels back and forth and it has what looks like teeth and guides of some sort so maybe he is right.
Anyway I only paid 2 bucks for the box it was in.
Anyone have any ideas what it might be?
Tomorrow I am going to look at a Jubilee!!!!
Keep Prepping Everyone!!!!!