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Posted: 1/8/2013 10:40:53 AM
   

MH Horse muck spreader

Here's another shot from our family archives.  This time a shot of my Grandfather's MH muck spreader in action pulled by two large draft horses in the 1930s.  They are probably Shires.  The horseman is Harold Darlington.  I'm not sure of the model of the spreader but maybe a No. 8

The shot was taken by the Massey-Harris company and mounted for by them for my grandfather.

Be nice to see some more action shots of spreaders on here

John

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Posted: 1/8/2013 2:44:57 PM
   

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Hi John,

Now how can you be sure that is a Massey spreader? There looks to be more on the outside than in the inside of that spreader. It is, however, a great working picture of the good ole days when things were done with the horses.   The horses have to be Shires!! If they were Percherons they would be on the move.  The poor Shires had to rest about every 20 feet to catch their breath!!  (That will bring up some folks for air!!)  LOL!!

Thanks for sharing all a great pics.

Gary



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Posted: 1/9/2013 2:53:03 PM
   

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Gary,

I had my Dad's word that it is M-H and furthermore it is a photo taken by M-H who, as I expalined in my other post (12-20), were just down the road from us and my grandfather used to test equipment for them

John


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Posted: 1/9/2013 5:53:47 PM
   

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It is still a neat picture!  I am sure your family appreciated the opportunity to "test" the MH equipment.  The old spreader definitely got tested!!!  I am sure the photogragher was glad he did not have the clean it up!!!

Thanks for sharing!!

Gary



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Posted: 1/12/2013 11:10:44 PM
   

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I remember riding inside the back of the spreader (tractor driven) when I was a kid and just laughing and laughing with my cousin watching the chunks fly through the air.  Recently I looked in the back of a spreader at all of the chains, sprockets, and rotating metal objects I couldn't imagine anyone putting their kids or grandkids in the back of one of those in this day and age.  Heck you can't even ride a bicycle without a helmet let alone riding in an operating manure spreader!  Oh, the good times on the farm.


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Posted: 1/19/2013 7:12:30 AM
   

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Here are some photographs of a M-H 8A spreader which was found rotted to the ground in a wood near Louth Lincolnshire, many hours of restoration brought it back to the condition you see it in here when it was shown at a farm open day in 2002.

Malcolm.

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Posted: 1/23/2013 1:04:37 AM
   

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You just never know where a Massey Harris muck spreader will turn up next.

A local vintage vehicle collector near me travels south each year to participate in the famous "London to Brighton" vintage vehicle road run, in 2011 he came back to tell me a Massey Harris muck spreader was part of the parade as a load on a 1940's truck.

Malcolm.


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Posted: 2/15/2013 5:34:25 AM
   

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Interesting reading the owners testimonial in this 1933 British Price list for the No 7 manure spreader, note the list price of  £49,00 or $73.00 at todays exchange rate.  It just shows in 80 years where prices of new machinery has gone from, you don't get much from the M-F salesman for that money today !

Malcolm.


 

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Posted: 3/22/2013 1:57:39 AM
   

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There was some very nice examples of M-H muck spreaders at the Expo in Baraboo last year, including a very nice model in the display shed.


Here in England we have an old saying "where there's muck there's money"  so maybe that's why these old M-H muck spreaders are so collectible.

Enjoy even more Baraboo Expo photos.

Malcolm.

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Posted: 3/22/2013 7:11:49 AM
   

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Posting the model of the M-H No 8 horse drawn manure spreader reminded me of another very well made British model of a later M-H 712 tractor drawn manure spreader, recently seen displayed at The Malvern indoor tractor show.

Malcolm.

 

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