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Old 06-09-2015, 08:15:20 PM
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Around the same time as buying the Fifteen in past post I brought home this High Crop Ten. It was in NJ. A collector had owned it for awhile. He restored it 12 or so years ago. He had told me he was working on a narrow Cat Ten when he saw the radiator of this machine in a fallen down barn. He thought a good parts machine lead. After talking to owner and finally getting in the barn after the summer weeds went down he was happy to see it was a High Crop
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Old 06-10-2015, 02:41:35 PM
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Very nice!

I believe there were only about 327 of these made from the factory. I think there were also conversion kits applied by the dealer, but they were pretty limited in production, too.

It is neat to see these unusual examples preserved. Out here in the West, these were very popular for potatoes, as they could be used for planting, cultivating and harvesting. Many of the potato farmers also grew cotton, where the high clearance was also a benefit.

I'm glad you got this one.

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Old 06-10-2015, 04:08:30 PM
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Thanks Pete. I have another HC Ten that I am restoring. It has been 4 or 5 years now. I get going on it then work gets busy and I have to stop :headband: I am at 65% done I would say. I am in the process of making new roller and ilder bushings
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O. K. If you're going to work on a fleet of High Tens, you have an obligation to give them something to do.

Garlic Mom got the potato planter for hers.





We've also got a second project High Ten in the works. The preliminary thought is to equip this one as a potato cultivator, to go along with the planter. Here's a picture of a former employer's High Ten which I'd like to use as a model. That former employer, who is pictured on the tractor, bought this unit new and still owns it. It needs restoration, too, so it may be the third High Ten project in line.





Incidentally, if you're interested in a potato planter, I know where there is a two row very similar to Mom's here that could probably be had for pretty little money. It appears almost exactly the same, the wood fertilizer boxes need to be rebuilt (but so did Mom's. I built those about six months ago from scratch, using most of the original hardware, which was still there), and it is a slightly later pick style rather than the rotary table type. I can get pictures and a price if you're interested.

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Pete, where did you get the number 327 for total HC production?

In my research i have found the most if not all HC's were produced between estimated serial numbers PT 3726 and PT 4178. These serial numbers are based on actual known tractors and could have some variations but it is a pretty close approximation. After removing the known standard tens in that range the number i come up with is 444.

Anyway just curious and thanks for posting the ten pics.
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Thanks Pete, I have a few like yours in the Pic. The fellow that rents the potato barn to me gave me two that his dad used when he was a kid. He is 65 now his dad is still living and just turned 97. My landlord for the house I live in is also a potato farmer he has given me some really other neat stuff. I have a rock crusher that I will power with the Hc Ten. Need to put on a belt pulley

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I had 397 in my Head for the Hc Ten Erik but not sure by any means. One of the longer time collectors would know. Still kind of wet behind the ears in this hobby LOL
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Here is a pic Pete.

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I will resize it I guess to big of pic
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Default Production numbers.

Erik, I'm sure you're right about the production number. As Jason said, I just had that 327 number in my head, I can't say that I had a good source for it. I'll try to replace it with your 444 number, as I'm sure that is more correct.

I'll be interested to see your picture, Jason. It is neat to see these on opposite sides of the country, but used to grow the same crop. It is always interesting to see what's the same and what was figured out differently.

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Here is a picture of my high crop Fifteen Caterpillar.
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That is a really nice Fifteen, Steve. I'd like to see it in person some day. Those are really quite rare, I'm sure rarer than the High Ten.

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Jason you have a very nice machine to add to your growing collection.
Thanks for sharing!
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Default Re: Caterpillar High Crop

Garlic Pete, That high crop with the Rock Island Plow Co Cultivator is something I am very interested in. Rock Island built cultivators and advertised their line with the Caterpillars for a time in the 30's. I know of a couple of high crop Cat Rock Island cultivators, and I'd love to find one someday for our collection. Of course I'd have to get a Cat to go with it but small sacrifice. Those are some of the best pictures I've seen of the complete rig.

The first three images are from a Caterpillar/Rock Island joint catalog for pull behind implements, It seems to be uncommon as I only know of two copies, I haven't made it into a pdf yet. The last picture is from dotted line, which David Tallon sent me a while back, which had ads for the cultivator and Peoria drills sold through Rock Island and a few other implements.
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That is a really nice Fifteen, Steve. I'd like to see it in person some day. Those are really quite rare, I'm sure rarer than the High Ten. Pete.
Thanks, Pete and Jason.
I think there were less than 100 High Crop Fifteens built, this one is tractor number 63.
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Pete et al. Just a bit of follow up information about Potato farming on Long Island, NY. Back in the early years before Long Island became a Playground for the ultra rich it was covered with very large potato farms. It was also famous for growing Ducks. In the 1950's when my Grandpa Captained the Long Island Ferry [ former WW2 LST's] from New London, CT to Orient Point, Long Island, NY. I can remember watching dozens of tractor trailer trucks loaded with potato's coming ashore in New London. I always wondered where they were headed from here. My Rusty Caterpillar 25 came out of a Potato Shed in Calverton, Long Island 15 years ago. Ed B
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Thats right Ed. Now this place is full of impatient rich people. I go into hiding till October
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