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Forgotten Tool: Livestock producers might have an edge on identifying this one.

Tom J. Bechman

April 6, 2023

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What is this vintage tool?
NAME THE TOOL: Here is a hint: People usually weren’t in a good mood when they had to pull out this tool. It had likely been a long day chasing animals. Tom J. Bechman

The barbed wire that remains in this device indicates it might involve fencing. If you grew up on a livestock farm, you might have an edge on identifying it. But we’re looking for specifics — “fencing pliers” isn’t going to cut it.

If you know the proper name of this tool, let us know. Mail your entry to Indiana Prairie Farmer, 599 N., 100 W., Franklin, IN 46131. Or email [email protected]. Include your physical mailing address. One name will be drawn from all correct entries for a $25 gift card.

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Thanks to everyone who knew the Farmall F-12 in the previous column was produced from 1932 to 1938 and wrote to us. Here are comments from entries:

  • “Seeing your article brought back memories. My dad bought his first tractor, an IH F-12, the year I was born — 1938.” — Ernie Knecht, Brookville, Ind.

  • “Dad bought one in the late ’50s. I hated to start it with the crank because of hearing guys getting broken arms from the kickback.” — Bruce Ringenberg, Hicksville, Ohio

  • “The first serial number was 501 in 1932. It started with 533 in 1933 and ended with 117,518 in 1938.” — Marshall Galloway, Attica, Ind.

  • “The F-12 tractor was not a ‘forgotten tool’ when I grew up, especially the summer I turned 12. The [mounted] cultivator was greatest of all. It had a power lift. That sure made it nice on those hot days for a kid turning 12.” — Spencer Aldrich, Mount Vernon, Ind.

The lucky recipient of the gift card is Bob Cook, Greenfield, Ind. Congratulations, Bob.

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