posted by Jim on Aug 12
There is something about that distinctive sound of the muffler cap lightly tapping the muffler that takes me back to a time where a good day’s work meant something. It is 8 a.m. on this mid summer Saturday morning as I walk out to my 1948 Farmall Cub tractor. The morning dew evident on my boots as I wipe the seat with my forearm trying not to spill my coffee. I climb aboard, pull the chock and fire up the 6 volt generator that starts up ole’ “Tilly”. Tink, tink, tink, the muffler cap lightly sings……
As food plotting popularity grows, so does the industry. I have witnessed the craze of the food plotting evolution in every hunting magazine, outdoor TV show, and hunting video. There are countless companies that advertise various seed blends, food plot equipment, and accessories that were not visible 5 to 10 years ago. With the increasing popularity of planting food plots on the rise, you can surely count on big business being right there to capitalize.
I am one of the little guys, just like everyone else I guess. The average consumer with a family who’s already bursting budget just does not allow for a new tractor or ATV that can cost in excess of $10,000! If you are in this majority as I am, then you know the feeling. Like most of you, I do not have any friends or family in the farming business or know anyone that has the equipment I need to help me accomplish my management goals. I spent years with the ole’ rototiller and hand rake working the soil on my little piece of “heaven” putting in food plots, year after year, with countless blisters an calluses’ to show for it! I decided that something needed to be done.
Looking at various options to help me with this task, I had all about given up. I searched local papers, internet classifieds, and even local auctions looking for a used ATV that could handle this job. They were all well out of my price range and averaging $3500 to $4000. The thought of owning a tractor, the king of all plotting machines, I thought was well out of my reach! Boy was I wrong! My search ended when I stumbled upon a 1948 International Farmall Cub for $1300.00, in which I proudly named “Tilly”!!
The tractors and implements of “yesterday” are often overlooked by most as a perfect solution for food plots. These tractors have stood the test of time and were definitely built to last. There are several vintage makes and models to suit everyone’s needs. From small tractors able to negotiate a tight trail system, to large scale tractors, able to farm large tracts of land. For the majority of recreational folks planting food plots, the plots are small, under 5 acres in size with the majority being well under that. The small utility tractors are perfect for
I have found that you do not need farming experience to operate these old machines as they are very easy to operate and a pleasure to drive. There are several websites that offer support for their favorite brands and sites that have all the information you need about these late model tractors, even available tractors in your area. A great site that is dedicated to older tractors and a great place to start is www.tractorshed.com.
I only wish I would have learned about these old tractors years ago. I am now able to put the fast pace of the city behind as I climb aboard my vintage iron and slip back to a time where the air was cleaner and life was a little less hectic, if only for a weekend…