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Horse-Drawn Gundlach Grain Drill

John Hanson

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12/05/2008
Nice looking drill. I make my tongues 10 feet from the single trees to the neckyoke. That's long enough for big horses and you can still hook a smaller horse in there.
John
 

GMGundlach

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The way I’ve been informed; TJ Gundlach Coal Crushers has always been a separate company which was ran by a different branch of the Gundlach family. PM Gundlach started the Gundlach Drill.
 

FWurth

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07/29/2019
G M, did we by chance get to visit at the Verlan Heberer auction a few years back? I talked with a younger relative of the Gundlach family at the sale. That previous old post was placed by my son and he was under the impression that it was the extension of the older company. I have saved several of these units over the years to save them from extinction. One here is a home adapted 20 row, they grafted a pair of 10 shoe drills on one single heavy axle. It served well for many decades. What I do need is to find some better wheels for some of these here, as the wheel seem to be the weakest part of the drill. I can still remember going with my father to the old plant to get repair parts for the old drills, before it closed down. Any farmer who was anyone had one of these drills well into the modern times. We used ours well into the 70s, and it did good work. I had to get a newer rubber tired drill when we got acreage further down the highway, as the old steel rimed wheels didn't like the pavement.
 

GMGundlach

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Yes sir I believe we did. The auction was at Eckerts off HWY 15. The drill I purchased at that auction is the best in our collection. My father tells me stories of how his father would send him to the shed for parts after the factory was closed. He said people would come by a couple times a week for shoes and parts. It’s incredible to me how long these drills were used and by so many in the St. Louis area. Sadly so much history of the company is lost. I search various sites for any remaining literature that may surface. I’m appreciative of the drills you’ve saved from those that dismantled and discarded them to simply use the wheels as lawn ornaments.
 

FWurth

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07/29/2019
Those drills were very reliable and if calibrated correctly, they were very accurate. Any one who has ever used one will tell you that they make a very unique sound when working. Those long spouts that convey the seed from the box to the shoe, the seed flowing down them creates a light hiss that's amplified by the spout itself. The acreage meter on them is unusual in that it uses 2 slightly different gear segments that run on the same worm gear to measure the area planted. modern units use a typical bale counter type of digital read out. I think that the worm gear has a different pitch for the wider drills as all drills use the same meter other wise. I have found the metal remains of the ones grand father had, I plan on recreating them with new wood, the wheel felly (wood rim) will be the difficult part. I need to find a pressure steaming box to make the wood pliable to form it out. The wood spokes won't be a problem as I have a wood lathe for that. I did have some seed box end castings that were from a real early drill. It had a earlier patent date and different type wheel hubs. I recall them from years back, but over the years things get moved around a bit and I haven't seen them for a long time.
 

GMGundlach

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That’s incredible information to say the least. I feel like we have a box of parts somewhere from the few that were not salvageable, Wood being too far gone. I would certainly love to see your collection sometime. I’ve never had the pleasure of seeing a drill in action and likely never will. I have heard a few people say that the sound they make is like no other. I apologize for my lack of quick replies, I’m horrible about checking emails and this forum.
 

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