Yep. Manure spreaders.
Must be some politician coming to town to give a speech.
I can clearly remember that the only piece of equipment (besides the tractors) that was kept in a shed, with doors on it to keep the rain out, on the farm my father grew up on was the manure spreader. I guess they put a lot of faith in BS which would explain the post from Dennis. LOL
Most old manure spreaders I've seen have had wooden floors. Repeated rain storms would rot them out. I see why they kept them under cover.
Yes the floor was wood. That makes sense. I remember that to a young boy they were a study of gear ratios. There were chains on both sides of the bed with bars attached that slowly pushed the manure to the rear and the tines that "distributed" the manure were moving rather quickly. All of this was driven from one of the wheels of the spreader IIRC. That was a long time ago.
And before anyone else posts it you can ask any of my 60 some odd employees and they will tell you that I am a very accomplished manure spreader!
Appears to be a trophy? in the lower left corner?
They look different from what i would call shit spreaders and also seem large for the time? One thing i can tell for sure is the wood floor in a turd hearse is tapered and wider at the rear.Bud PS/BS I can tell you the only manure loader we ever had was named Bud.
My dad had friend named Roger Hollrah. He was an auctioneer around the community. He was also a likeable person who had the gift of gab. There are other auctioneers like this, but not too common. (wink).
Once I was at an auction Roger was doing at an old farm on the south edge of St. Charles, Mo. It might have been on Hackmann Road, come to think of it.
Roger sold the household items and moved on to the farm equipment. As he went down the line of old horse-drawn stuff he would say some thing about how the equipment had been kept in repair. Then he came up to the manure spreader. Before he started to sell the spreader he made the comment that "This was the only piece of equipment there today that I wouldn't stand behind."
Funny how I can remember that now.
Here's a video of an old John Deere spreader in action:
We still use one on the hobby farm, we pull it with a tractor. But we don't use BS in it, we are by chicken farms so we use chicken litter, $15.00 a ton delivered, we normal get 50 tons at a time. It's great till it get's wet. HA!
We went from 2 grass cuttings to 3 and 4 using chicken litter and it helps the chicken people.
PS-- took a pickup truck load home and spread it on my front lawn by shove, my neighbors where upset for a month. So was my wife!
Spreader Day may be similar to "McCormick Day" celebration at Owosso circa 1900. People, horses, and farm machines gathered on Main St. This view is looking east. Several grain binders and a brass band are visible. "McCormick Days" were organized by McCormick dealers to celebrate the delivery of new machines to customers. Dealers used the events to promote the company and generate further sales.
I was at a steam and gas engine show at Republic, Missouri, a few weeks ago. I saw a tractor driving around pulling a manure spreader. The spreader had car seats mounted inside with people riding in it. A sign on the side of the spreader said, "Arkansas Limousine."
Sounds like a good excuse for a parade and party. Spreader Day isn't any more bizarre than the recent "Zombie Pub Crawl" in the Twin Cities. Actually, it may be considerably more sane (and tame). You could take your kids to Spreader Day.
I had a great grandfather that had a implement dealership in the late 1800s- early 1900s in a small southern Minnesota town.. Most of the equipment was delivered by rail.If you got together a order for a larger number of spreaders , mowers etc. You got a better price. You also got cheaper freight charges, fill one or two rail cars. My guess , this it the group of farmers that pooled there orders and they all arrived today. They are taking them home. It was also a sales pitch for the dealer , got some free advertising in the local paper.
Modern manure spreaders.
On the website below there is a video. When the video ends, don't X it down. There are several (maybe 10) short videos to automatically follow demonstrating different equipment.
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What did the manure spreader say to the tractor?
Pull me closer John Deere.