Older but no wiser

Discussion in 'Classic Machinery' started by New Puritan, Jul 9, 2018.

  1. New Puritan

    New Puritan Member

    Location:
    East Sussex
    Some people on here may recall I started this thread about a Nicholson steerage hoe I'd bought earlier this year: https://thefarmingforum.co.uk/index.php?threads/nicholson-steerage-hoe.211816/

    Having more or less given up on it as it is too badly seized up and has lots more bits mising than I first realised; I bought this one for £40 from a lovely old couple in Norfolk:

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    It seems fairly solid, it's not set up for the size of rows I need it for, but it should come apart and be adjustable fairly easily I think. Two questions though - does anyone recognise what make it is, so that I can look for spares? And also, the steering looks non-original, but what does the steering arm connect to? It's got a fairly long arm. I can take more photos if it helps.

    Thanks in advance, as ever.
     
  2. timff

    timff Member

    It looks very like a Ransomes tool bar we had as a cultivator which was made in 1955 ish as it was for Dad's first 'new' Major. What does anyone else reckon?
     
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  3. Exfarmer

    Exfarmer Member

    Location:
    Bury St Edmunds
    I think it is a fergie , it probably is a botch of several different makes, getting parts may be interesting!
     
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  4. timff

    timff Member

    Looking at it on a big screen as opposed to phone I can see a red tinge so yes...Fergie might be right?
     
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  5. New Puritan

    New Puritan Member

    Location:
    East Sussex
    Thanks both - I'd guess from the colours it's a mishmash of Fergie & Ransomes, plus some old car for the steering wheel and box. Any ideas what the steering is meant to connect to?
     
  6. timff

    timff Member

    The only thought I have is it connected to the drop arm from the tractor steering box with the kink to go over the rear axle. Crazy?!
     
  7. Exfarmer

    Exfarmer Member

    Location:
    Bury St Edmunds
    The steering arm is attached to a fixed point on the tractor, so it can pull and push the hoe across.
     
  8. timff

    timff Member

    That makes more sense to act like a steerage hoe. Can’t think of the fixed stub point though. Land Rover series 1 wheel I reckon
     
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  9. Mursal

    Mursal Member

    And fell for the classic "lovely old couple" routine ..............
     
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  10. Hmmm looks familiar....
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    This is ours dragged out the hedge a couple of months ago....

    The arm goes to a bracket under the rear axle, between the wheel and mudguard. It's a fixed point so the hoe can steer "against " it with lower link arms loose on their check chains to allow plenty of sideways movement.
     
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  11. The "kink" is so the arm goes through between the drop link and lower link arm. Means the steering arm doesn't foul on it.
     
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  12. And yes a right miss mash of bits. Pretty sure our steering box out of an old car. On about it's third steering wheel. If it fits.....it'll do!
     
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  13. New Puritan

    New Puritan Member

    Location:
    East Sussex
    Of course! I promise, you would of done too. They invited me and my girlfriend in for lunch, and tried to give us a chicken too.
     
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  14. New Puritan

    New Puritan Member

    Location:
    East Sussex
    Love it! The one I bought was from a bit past Thetford, so not a million miles away. The cushion survived the hedge well, or is that a new fixture / did it get dry cleaned?
     
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  15. New Puritan

    New Puritan Member

    Location:
    East Sussex
    @timff - I think you're right about the Landrover wheel. Who says you can't buy British anymore, with this mishmash of Landrover / Ferguson / Ransomes :) And all for forty quid.

    And thanks @Exfarmer and @carbonfibre farmer - this forum really is useful to a new starter such as me, now I know what to search for getting bits for it, and how to connect it to the tractor. Hurrah.
     
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  16. A bit past thetford would be how I would describe us here :eek:

    The cushion is on rotation around a few of our tractors as a seat. The seat on the hoe disintegrated so a cushion was essential for "comfort"!!

    We normally use a front mounted hoe but the tractor it goes on was in the middle of having a clutch replaced. So time was getting on,the beet were growing and father was itching to drag it out the hedge.
    Unfortunately we had a friend down videoing:facepalm:so it's recorded for posterity.....

    @New Puritan if you need picture of mounting bracket etc I can get one this evening?
     
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    Close up of the steering arm with the kink in it..
     
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  18. Exfarmer

    Exfarmer Member

    Location:
    Bury St Edmunds
    They weren’t up at Wreatham were they, if so I know who they are, could sell snow to eskimo’s
     
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  19. milkloss

    milkloss Member

    Location:
    East Sussex
    Forty quid AND a chicken?? #winning!
     
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  20. Mursal

    Mursal Member

    Was the chicken dead or alive, not that it matters, I'm sure they were lovely people
     

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