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Value of Old Farm Equipment as Yard Art?

August 20, 2020

Value of Old Farm Equipment? - piece of farm equipment in a fieldWhat is this? Is it worth digging out of the ground for anything other than scrap steel?

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This is a old Chisel Plow attachment. This is attached to a large heavy duty tractor and pulled through soil, that makes grooves on the surface to allow rain water to sink in. This helps to retain moisture for crops. On eBay a small is listed $300 and large new one up to $1000. Keep in mind there wasn't one of this size and antique. You could try to advertise locally or break down to sell the metal. Here is some history - www.wisegeek.com/what-is-a-chisel-plow.htm

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This is a harrow that was pulled behind a tractor to level the soil. This one is in decent shape and not sure how old it is. Considering you can see that the levels and frame are still in good shape and the paint is still on them. This is a basic harrow and you can get one for a few hundred dollars. You may do better to scrap this and not try and sell it.

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If you are trying to sell this it will all depend on the condition of the harrow when it is removed from the ground. If it is not too rusted and still in good shape, you could ask a few hundred dollars for this. You will not get more than 200-300 if you sell this item. There are some museums that might be interested in this to display for people to see.

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That is a DRAG HARROW, that would have been pulled by a tractor or draught animal. First a field was plowed, then a set of disks was used to break up the big clods of sod & soil, then the Drag Harrow was used to break the soil clumps down further. The tall lever/handles were used to regulate just how deep the tines could go down into the soil.

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After using the Drags, the soil was usually broken up smooth enough to then plant the seeds in. You could scrap them out if you want to, but if in good shape, these pieces of equipment are still used today, and you might be able to sell them. If nothing else, they make a good display or conversation piece in your yard. Thanks for sharing !!

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June 21, 2019

Can anyone tell me what this set of Massey Ferguson vintage tracks are worth as yard art?

A piece of interesting looking tread from farm equipment.
 
A piece of interesting looking tread from farm equipment.
 
A piece of interesting looking tread from farm equipment.
 

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I think you could get in the $200 range for it.

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That is a really neat piece. It looks OOAK (one of a kind). Selling it is going to be interesting because there are so many variables.

First is anything on it something that could be salvaged and used? I ask this because my research found that Massey parts in working order can fetch big bucks on eBay and other auction sites.

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I would hate to see you low ball your offer if the pieces taken apart would fetch several hundred dollars EACH to someone who wants them.

If it is straight yard art (none of the pieces would function on their own), then, with an OOAK piece you can ask whatever you want and the person that buys it will dictate the price. I don't mean any disrespect by that...that is just how the market works.

Here are some things to think about to help you potentially market it:

Was it made by someone in the area who is well known or a prominent citizen?

Is it the only one like it in your area? (If so you can call it OOAK and be accurate).

Are people always commenting on it and saying they would love to have something like it?

Is it going to be easily moved without damaging it?

Will you deliver it and set it up?

If you answer yes to these questions ask a few people what they would pay for it and it may surprise you. It is possible if it is a landmark someone pay offer you two or three times what I am suggesting just because they LOVE it and MUST HAVE it!

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The MF brand is one that people like and collect (I see lots and lots of SOLD auctions on eBay for parts, magazine ads and the like, so there is a demand for items.

So say you decide to start it at $2,500 or $3,000 (no one offers you a lot right out of the gate), if it doesn't sell, you can just lower your price until it sells or you get an offer that makes you happy.

Art prices are very subjective. There are a lot of people in the world who will pay a lot of money to have something no one else has.

Be sure to market it with all of the important info that you can (like if it was made by a notable citizen, the age, make and model number of the parts, if you will deliver and set it up--which if you aren't, you will probably need to lower the price if someone is going to be expected to haul it themselves).

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If you look online for what people pay for MF art (meaning advertisements and such) you will see it is quite a collectible brand name. Don't sell your piece short!!

Post back what you decide and how much you fetch for it!! It is very neat! I hope it is EXACTLY what someone is looking for, for their home!

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