The front tractor is an International Harvester M, a large farm tractor in 1939 to 1952. The diesel M produced 36 horse power, cost $1,700. It pulled a four or five bottom plow. The large, red tractor behind it is a 1990 Case-International 9170. This Case-IH tractor has a six cylinder diesel producing 330 horse power and cost $119,000 new in 1990. The 2013 Case-IH Steiger 400, a large four wheel drive tractor with 400 hp and costing around a quarter of a million dollars used. No wonder the small family farm is going extinct.
The picker is the Overby corn picker now restored and being moved into the Ag Museum. This is a unique machine designed and patented by the Overby brothers. This is the patent model. It has been featured before, click here to see the previous post. To get some idea of how much work the restoration of this machine was just click here for 200 pre-restoration photos. All the wood was replaced, new metal parts made and installed, and everything fitted back together as originally built by the Overby brothers. The restoration was a labor of love and frustration.