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Antique wooden manure spreader - make / model?


Hello, I'm looking for some information on a large manure spreader that was on my property when I...

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Old 06-28-2013, 02:36 AM
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I'm looking for some information on a large manure spreader that was on my property when I bought it. It's about 6' wide and atleast 12' long. I swear I can see some John Deere lettering and it reminds me of a Model E manure spreader but.. I'm not an expert. I'm trying to figure out if I should keep it, sell it (if I could) or what. Can anyone help me out?



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It does look like a model E John Deere. The casting number on the hubs should be JD 2403(not 100% sure) if its a E. Made in the 20's and 30's. Check the numbers on the hubs. This is what is needed to get the year and model because they didn't have serial numbers.

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Where in Michigan are you located.
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Their is a Chance it could be a Massey Harris or IH aswell but it looks more like John Deere E as Mike said and it also looks to be fairly compleat too.I would be interested in seeing the wheels were it has been touching the ground if it has sat long enough the wheels might have rotted as the last one i seen in the same shape the wheels had rotted out from sitting too Long and when they are like that all their good for is a lawn orniment unless you can find another set of wheels for it.John
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It does look like a model E John Deere. The casting number on the hubs should be JD 2403(not 100% sure) if its a E. Made in the 20's and 30's. Check the numbers on the hubs. This is what is needed to get the year and model because they didn't have serial numbers.

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Where in Michigan are you located.
Thanks for the reply. I'll take a look at the hubs tomorrow and see what information they have. Oh yeah, near Lansing.

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...I would be interested in seeing the wheels were it has been touching the ground..
I'll roll it forward and see what they look like.
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Definitely a John Deere, we have its twin here that we still use. Deere was proud of that design with the main beater mounted on the main axle, one of their big advertising points. I just replace the wood when it gets bad and the rest isn't too difficult to keep working. F.J.W.
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Better keep it, they only get rarer! Looks like an easy fixer upper. The John Deere's I have seen didn't bust out the hubs like the International ones did.
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I was able to look at the hubs.

Front hubs - JD 2408
Rear hubs - 362780 (I think, difficult to read)

So I am curious how one goes about restoring something like this. The thought of turning it back into a working piece of machinery intrigues me. Are there any good guides for restoring older equipment or is it a learn as you go experience?
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Their is a Chance it could be a Massey Harris or IH aswell but it looks more like John Deere E as Mike said and it also looks to be fairly compleat too.I would be interested in seeing the wheels were it has been touching the ground if it has sat long enough the wheels might have rotted as the last one i seen in the same shape the wheels had rotted out from sitting too Long and when they are like that all their good for is a lawn orniment unless you can find another set of wheels for it.John
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Those Wheels look to be savable just some surface rust all they need is a clean up.if they had been left any longer i would say they would have rusted right thru.John
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I restored a New Idea that was in really bad shape. It took alot of time and trial & error, but came out OK. I am sure it would work but I am not going to get it dirty.
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I restored a New Idea that was in really bad shape. It took alot of time and trial & error, but came out OK. I am sure it would work but I am not going to get it dirty.
Old Kansas - Did you use modern fasteners or did you find square headed fasteners / bolts?
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Square head bolts can be found at Fasenall.
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I used modern fasteners where the wood was fasten to the angle irons. Mine had rivets, there was no way I was going back with them. Alot of the the square head bolts, I was able to save.
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