Identifying Farm Equipment?

Can anyone date this old farm plow and give some other insight on it? There was a seat on it.


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December 8, 20200 found this helpful

From a bit of searching I did, I think you have an antique horse-drawn cultivator. This type came into use starting in the mid 1800's. Without manufacturer's info, it's impossible to pinpoint your piece. Check over the whole thing for ANY letters or numbers, as that will help identify and date yours. Here are some links to look at to try to match yours.

This looks like your picture -an antique horse-drawn cultivator:

Here is another one like yours - a John Deere horse-drawn cultivator:

If I've identified it correctly, this machinery was pulled by a horse(or maybe a team), the farmer would sit on a seat on the machine, controlling not only the reigns for the horse(s) but also working any levers or handles for the cultivator....usually had a depth control handle to raise and lower the spades and drag tines. Doing this, the farmer could dig deeper or shallower, depending on the condition of the soil AND what he was going to plant. This cultivator was used AFTER a field had been either freshly or previously plowed with a larger rip plow. A rip plow was used to cut into unplowed fields, where the plow would cut long furrows into the soil, then break it over on itself, and start to loosen the clods of soil. The cultivator further broke up the soil and readied the field for planting.

I hope I'm on the right track to your piece. Really, any kind of markings you can find will help, and I'll be glad to do more searching with any further info you can give. I'll follow this, so just post back with anything else, or if you want help.
Stay safe and healthy in these trying times.

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December 8, 20200 found this helpful


All the people answering on here are so smart at researching things! I love to look at old farm equipment. They have so many interesting stories, connected to them, that we will probably never know, but it is fascinating to me, to think about.

Thanks for sharing!

Have a wonderful day!

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December 9, 20200 found this helpful

Before the 1900's land was plowed be a small hand held , pulled by a horse/mule. After the early 1900's a better much less time consuming machine was designed and built. It was still pulled by horse/mule, but wheels, seat, and more of a wider more efficient digging mechanism. Here is history on the Antique cultivator - - and a picture of a earlier antique

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December 9, 20200 found this helpful

It will be very difficult for someone to correctly identify this item with this picture as the machine blends in with cultivation/leaves and just more or less 'gets lost'.
This appears to be one of the many different styles of antique horse-drawn cultivators that were made and used from the 1800's through the early 1900's. Many are still being used today.

It is difficult to accurately name the brand since there does not seem to be any color left to match to a brand and several companies made similar cultivators.
It does not look like all the pieces are still attached and a different style cultivator was made for every crop as there was not single style that could do every different crop. This means there were different implements/disks on the cultivators according to the type of crop being harvested.

Normally, you could send a picture to some of the farm forums and ask for help but I do not believe this picture is clear enough for that. However, you could still try:

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December 10, 20200 found this helpful

This is differently missing some of the pieces on this cultivator. There should be a longer piece in the center that was used to attach to the horse or mule to pull it through the fields. These are land cultivators used in 1800-1900 to plow the fields and get them ready to plant. A lot of farmers during this time did not have enough money to buy the mule or horse-drawn cultivators and used the hand ones that they pushed themselves through the field.

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