Is This Really What Society Has Come Too?

I need to share some back story as to why I’m writing this article. I follow a YouTube channel Farmall Fanatic for obvious reasons. I’m pretty sure the channel host and I would be great friends.

One of his more recent videos had him calling out another content creator on YouTube Whistlindiesel. I don’t encourage anyone to view the video.

I watched part of the offensive video, and can guarantee I’m, and I would hope our crowd, are not his target audience. I could not stomach the whole thing. His format is destroying expensive items. He also takes great joy in creating hate toward himself.

The video I witnessed demonstrated to me a childish toddler with way to much money and very little respect for anyone or anything. It sickens me that others enjoy watching that sort of content. I don’t understand and therefore realize he would seek my hatred. My mistake is drawing further attention to his asinine intent by penning this article. The last the content needed is more time in the “fifteen minutes of fame”

The object of his destruction is a Farmall 1206. He purchased the tractor on auction for a phenomenal amount of money. According to his testimony, several collectors took offense to his purchase, this being his reason for the tractor’s destruction. I find it hard to believe that fellow collectors would treat him rudely. Most enthusiasts I know would have celebrated his purchase with him. Of course his immature attitude is very transparent. Fellow collectors would probably be sickened by his buying the tractor.

My opinion is aligned with Farmall Fanatic. He purchased the 1206, it is the kid’s property to do with as he feels. If he chooses to create YouTube content by destroying a tractor that’s also his right. It’s his freedom of expression.

It is terribly sad that he has such disregard for American heritage. Hopefully someday the young man will mature and realize his attitude is lacking. I question his parentage to allow this temperament. Unfortunately his morality seems to be growing into a majority of other like minded.

Our great nation’s political and moral climate is very much on a decline of late . Recent events have caused me great concern of our country’s well being. This can be seen as an example of why.

Below is a link to the Farmall Fanatic YouTube video. Again, I don’t recommend watching the offensive WhistlinDiesel video talked about. Search and discover at your own risk

Farmall 300

One of Edwards Tractor Restoration’s projects to be completed recently was a sweet little Farmall 300. The tractor isn’t totally unique, in fact, 300’s are pretty common. 29077 tractors rolled off the assembly line.

Photo by Doug Edwards

The model 300 was built from 1954 to 1956. There was also a utility and hi- crop variation. These tractors were being produced in the time when Farmall had created their version of a three point hitch, which they introduced calling it the fast hitch. International Harvester first introduced the fast hitch as an option on the Super C. The 300 was one of the first row crop model having the fast hitch variation.

This particular 300 has a very handy two hydraulic cylinder controlled hitch. This style isn’t unique, but I’ve never seen very many like it. It may very well be an early attempt at “draft control” Its very helpful when plowing

Notice the hydraulic cylinder directly in front of the rear wheel

When Harvester introduced the new number series they created a sleeker looking style. The tractor has a more modern flair. One can speculate this was done competing with other tractor manufacturers.

This 300 was on a single wheel row crop option. The change to a two wheel front happened when the most recent owner acquired the machine.

Photo by Jason Edwards

Adapting to a New Normal

2020 has been a crazy time. Five months ago, I expressed thoughts before going into an imposed lock down. Here we are going into fall, and there still isn’t a end to the drama. Science has collided with a political agenda, all being sensationalized by the media.

The predicted “delay” to this year’s tractor season has turned out to be cancellations. Major shows, fairs, auctions and other events we enjoy were regulated to the point they could not safely be held. Hard decisions had to be made, plans being made for next year….Hoping there can be a next year! Budget and revenue being a major factor. Social distancing has required us to adapt.

When there is will, there is a way. One would think the tractor passion would see an all time low. Tractor collecting is thriving and surviving! Maybe it’s a defiance, or it’s just ingenuity. Maybe it’s both, because country folk don’t just hide. We work and play hard.

One way we have adapted is the use of modern technology. Online auctions are very popular. Maybe this reason is why collections holds worth value. I’ve confessed, to the fact, my tractors are viewed in an investment perspective.

Video technology has given opportunities to show and discuss. I’ve watched many live action broadcasts from several sources such as Aumann Vintage Power and our group Antique Iron Mafia has been doing them. Social media can be a wonderful tool. I have recently become involved with a video project for Classic Tractor Fever. YouTube is even more popular now. Technology has given opportunities to see and still be safe.

There is plenty of reading and pictures available. We can still recieve tractor news via magazines Internet technology brings our bloggers who write and share pictures to enjoy. We need to continue supporting this source.

Tractor drives have become popular. My friend Cindy Ladage remarked “This is the year 2020 answer to tractor shows.” We can enjoy our old iron and fellowship of other enthusiasts while still maintaining safe social distancing. Drives are also a great way to not only look our heritage over, but experience the sounds, the smell of fuel and smoke, and to see the unit move.

Very few shows are being held this year. I did get to display once and have read reviews and viewed pictures of other shows. This is an example country folk don’t just hunker down and hide.

I imagine many peices, of collections, are getting tweaked and tuned. All the parts dealers, I’ve visited with, tell me business has been booming. Everyone is using their free time to catch up projects that were put off. There may be new equipment on display in 2021 that hasn’t been shown simply for the fact the restoration has finally been completed.

My friend Doug Edwards has many projects in his shop at Edwards Tractor Restoration. Business is good!

My tractors get “played with” on a regular basis. Thankfully the farmstead, where I keep them, has chores for them to perform. The plow shears were shined in the big garden. Weeds and grass get mowed. I have a blade for road maintenance. My tractors don’t sit idly by waiting for another year. It gets lonely playing alone though.

However you choose to stay safe needs to be respected. Social distancing seems extreme, to me, but I can respect no invasion of personal space. The future outlook shows we will need to continue to adapt. Sadly, I have my doubts, our lives will return to how we once lived. Stay safe! I hope to see everyone when the crisis finally calms down.