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Old 08-25-2017, 07:40:52 AM
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I saw this unit at a place yesterday. There are no numbers or markings on it. I saw a picture of one last fall that had a Sawyer-Massey tag on it. Tim Hoover tells me the HCEA group that works out of the Simcoe County Museum in Ontario has three of them and only one identified, which is a John Deere.
Looks like something many companies would make.
Anyone have any thoughts? Given its location in the Niagara area, it could be a Sawyer, or possibly a JD (Dain).
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Old 08-25-2017, 01:31:24 PM
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Default Re: Tumble Bugs

Frame rails look to be Killefer.This particular one could still be a John Deere/Killefer as Killefer made some scrapers (Tumble Bugs) for JD.This one looks to have survived pretty well as most i have seen are rotted out
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Frame rails look to be Killefer.This one looks to have survived pretty well as most i have seen are rotted out
Looks good......except almost Entire trip / latch mechanism is missing.
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Not sure if anyone holds patent to this design, but I have one built in Australia by Britstand (British Standard Machinery Co.) and sold widely here by ISAS who were IH construction dealers. Were a few similar designs in the market here in the post war period. Built several farm dams with one behind a HD5 crawler in those days. Regards,
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I think he has the rest of the mechanisms.
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G There was a period of time when all major construction equipment manu. made these units. I have never seen one as narrow and fat as yours. I have a 5 Ft and a 6 Ft in my collection just the right size to pull behind one of my Fordson Trackson conversions. They are always rusty and usually missing any ID tags because they always got rubbed off.
Rick today doing research for next "Attic" I learned we were both featured or mentioned in the very first issue of "Antique Power". It is amazing to me what has happened to us over the last 30 years. Ed B "The Yankee"
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I once borrowed a little tumblebug scraper sort of like that, except it had wheels behind the bowl to carry it. Neat little unit, it hooked to a bar between the bottom links of the 3-point, so you regulated the cut & dump with the 3-pt. It had a trip to roll the bowl to dump. it wasn't a factory unit, a guy here had built 10 of them from plans, & bought 10 8N Fords new to level some desert ground above the canal, had to pump water up to it...
The guy I borrowed it from wouldn't sell it because his Dad had worked on that job & got the scraper from the man who built it, but he let me borrow it to move some dirt. Said that place looked like an anthill with all those little tractors running around...I think the place had about 80-100 acres above the canal.
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Toby (Squatch253) is using his at 6:35 of this video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LgVakYgKX10
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Default Re: Tumble Bugs

For reference this is according to the tag a "JD/Killifer No. 4 rollover farm scraper". Its 4' wide, same width as our tractor pictured. That youngster pictured just turned 30 last week.



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Rick today doing research for next "Attic" I learned we were both featured or mentioned in the very first issue of "Antique Power". It is amazing to me what has happened to us over the last 30 years. Ed B "The Yankee"
Ed? does that mean we are getting olde?
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