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Slip scraper?


I picked up an old slip scraper over the weekend. Does anyone have any info on these? Mine looks...

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Old 08-07-2006, 06:21 PM
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I picked up an old slip scraper over the weekend. Does anyone have any info on these? Mine looks very similar to the red one to the right of the picture in the link.



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I hope you are not planning on using it or else using it only is sandy soil. When I was in my teens I first was helping a neighbor dig a cellar in stoney and ledgey soil and being very skinny with not much weight to hold on. We would hit a stone or a ledge and over I would go. Later my older brother decided to build a house and dig his own cellar, you guessed, kid brother on the slip scrapper and bang, we hit a stone and over I went. After having this happen several times, I explained in not so polite terms what my dear oldest brother could do with the slip scaper. They make a good yard ornament. Dick in the hot and humid Finger Lake Region of NYS.
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Information, what do you need to know beyond strong back and weak mind?

Attach either team or winch to bow.
Move implement forward
Lift slightly on handles to engage cut
Push down on handles to disengage
Follow to dumping point
Lift on handles to engage lip and flip bowl.
Stop team.
Employ handles to return bowl to dig position.

REPEAT, REPEAT

Been there, done that, in red clay. Sand is a walk in the park Dick.
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Dad dug the basement for our house with one of those, in red clay, about 1950. He used a team, and then we squared the corners with pick, & shovel.
Later on my uncle got a 3 pt hitch type for his 8n ford & dug several basements, etc.
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Can these things take being pulled behind a tractor? My dad was afraid that if it stuck on a root or something the power of the tractor would tear it apart. I thought it might make an interesting demonstration at a show.(Digging with it, not tearing it up! )

What would be a general timeframe of when they were made?

Also, why is it called a "slip" scraper? Where does the "slip" come in?

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Can these things take being pulled behind a tractor? My dad was afraid that if it stuck on a root or something the power of the tractor would tear it apart. I thought it might make an interesting demonstration at a show.(Digging with it, not tearing it up! )

What would be a general timeframe of when they were made?

Also, why is it called a "slip" scraper? Where does the "slip" come in?

Thanks for the replies so far.
There should be 2 wear strips along the bottom, replacable pieces of strap stock, that the bowl SLIPS along the ground on when it isn't being loaded or unloaded.

Using it behind a tractor, well, the tractor operator must have at least the brainpower of a team of horses, or mules. I say this because I've seen a couple come close to divorce pulling a slipscraper with a tractor. When you're on the handles and have successfully bitten into a cut, the tractor operator must know enough to power up. If not, the tractor generally stalls. Absolutely the last thing you need when you're operating the handles is a stalled tractor.

I wouldn't be too worried about tearing one up. They are worth about 5 bucks around here, and can be fixed with a rock and a sledge hammer.
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My grandfather had one of these. It was used to maintain the country roads in the area where he lived.
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Your biggest problem when you hit a root is the darn thing doesn't break, but throws the poor person on the slip scrapper up and over. Been there, done that. Dick in the warm and beautiful Finger Lake Region of NYS.
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So how do things look from the prospective of the "thrown operator" of a slip scraper???
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So how do things look from the prospective of the "thrown operator" of a slip scraper???
UP MoRo......EVERYTHING is looking UP.................... and maybe even a little
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So how do things look from the prospective of the "thrown operator" of a slip scraper???
Depends~
partly on what's pullin, and partly on how you land
You could be lookin at a horses ass, or you could be lookin at dirt.

You think you're alone down there Dick?
Head North, and I'll let you play in some red clay.
Fact is I'm feelin badly now cause I passed one in an auction last week, for 5 bucks, and it had new handles.
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Part of US Highway 17 near where I live was built using many of these pulled by mules. Back in the days when labor was cheap and work was hard. I have one at home thats been equiped to use behind a garden tractor. Merton
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Depends~
partly on what's pullin, and partly on how you land
You could be lookin at a horses ass, or you could be lookin at dirt.

You think you're alone down there Dick?
Head North, and I'll let you play in some red clay.
Fact is I'm feelin badly now cause I passed one in an auction last week, for 5 bucks, and it had new handles.
My luck, I'd be the one NOT lookin' at the dirt!
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Thanks for the replies.

The main reason I bought it was because my grandfather used to have one and did some work around the house with it. They used to pull it with his Case tractor. That, and like I said before, I thought it would make an interesting demonstration.
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