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Urban trucks

I was interested in your recent stories on pickup trucks [November 2003]. As a rancher in the Texas Panhandle, I have been dismayed with how the truck manufacturers are concentrating on cities and not agriculture. This was brought to a head recently when Ford would not provide warranty work because a truck was driven on dirt roads. My dealer told me that this had happened on numerous vehicles in our area. They admitted that the diesel engine needed a heavier-duty air cleaner than the one that came on it and recommended a several hundred dollar upgrade. They would not pay to replace the defective part and did not pay to replace the “dusted” engines on many vehicles, according to my dealer. On mine, they agreed to pay for part of the replacement engine, but it still cost me over $1,600.

Your magazine would provide more of a service if it reported on issues such as this and allowed us to work together to put pressure on the manufacturers. I am sure there are many issues where agriculture could influence the manufacturers if we had a way to stand together.
Jay O'Brien
via e-mail

Toolkraft tale

I am looking for a belt for a Toolkraft table saw with a 9-in. blade. Can anyone help me?
Louanna J. Pederson
via e-mail

The following notice is posted at “ToolKraft of 700 Plainfield St., Chicopee, Massachusetts, closed its manufacturing facility in 1984. During its 50-plus-year tenure in the power tool industry, they manufactured products under many names. Some of the brands they were responsible for are ToolKraft, Darra James, all the Power Craft-Montgomery Wards power tools such as the table saws, drill presses, sanders, band saws and radial arm saws, a shaper and jointer (prior to 1980) under the DeWalt brand, and B&D for Black and Decker or other brands bearing model numbers with the prefix ‘THS.’ If you are looking for parts for any of these machines or other woodworking machines, give us a call at 860/623-1781 or send an e-mail to” You could also try Deco Enterprises Inc., 8122 Gravois Rd., Saint Louis, MO 63123, 314/353-4900, for many Toolkraft tool parts.

Russel revived

It was with interest that I read Mr. Herman's letter in the October 2003 issue. As a territory salesman for the NNT Corporation, I enjoy being a go-to guy. I can find those [Russel] dies for you. True, Russel has closed its doors, but if you tell me the shape and size of the die body and what thread you want cut, I'll sell it to you. I'll find it.

My personal motto is “I can supply ANYTHING. Nothing is ever ‘Not Available.’”
Mel Stark, CMTSE
NNT Corporation
Marshall, WI

We appreciate your response and your interest in Farm Industry News. It is always nice to hear from another “parts locator” out there.


Geringhoff now offers two 18-row corn headers in the U.S. market (see “Fall Farm Show,” November 2003). The corn header with Rota Disc technology that shreds stalks eliminates the need for shredding or disking stalks after combining. The Cornstar MS corn header is a conventional model that now comes in 18 rows.

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