Wordless Wednesday: Does Using the Same Tractors Your Great Grandpa Did Make You More or Less Sustainable?

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This is a Farmall C. The original color was white. The story behind this tractor is neat, the company only made a few. They GAVE them to farmers in the Sacramento Valley to try out. The farmers in the valley didn’t like the WHITE tractors. Of course, my family, being the “interesting” one it is, bought one. My great grandpa, Sam F. Brown, is actually the one who purchased and used it first. This was in the early 1940’s. It was used for mowing hay, at one time it had a belly mower.

My Dad recently had it fixed up and re-painted. We still used it to make meadow hay on the summer ranch. And the deer love to sleep next to it.

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This is me! At 16. You can’t tell but I have a cast on my leg because I had ligament surgery. This is a different tractor. I’m working on getting it’s story. When I do I’ll update this, obviously.

What do you think? Is using the same equipment as my great grandpa more or less sustainable than having new equipment?

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6 Responses to Wordless Wednesday: Does Using the Same Tractors Your Great Grandpa Did Make You More or Less Sustainable?

  1. The Farmall is a beauty. Have not seen a white one before. The deer like it too.

  2. Interesting question – I guess it depends on whether the efficiency of new gear outweighs the use of resources in making it.

  3. Like the white Farmall, I have the first tractor my grandpa bought new in 1960’s, an International 240 utility. It is waiting restoration, we retired it about 5 yrs ago. It was our only tractor with a loader at the time.

  4. Love it! My daddy collects Molines from the 50’s (or what’s left of ’em) so I’m going to vote more sustainable. Don’t even have to be repurposed.

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  6. WoW, This is really a great topic & I honestly appreciate with you. I wish, you will describe about it more in your next posting and I am really waiting for that!! Thanks = 29 times! 🙂

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