Magic bus

Our round baler is a vintage Vermeer Model 605C. It was manufactured in 1973 and, because of its age, tends to need replacement parts quite often. You’d think that would be a problem for an almost 40-year-old piece of farm machinery – but it isn’t thanks to the large number of businesses around the country that specialize in collecting these old birds and offering their parts for sale. Recently I was able to purchase a bearing housing, bearing, and sprocket for one of the Vermeer’s drive rollers. [If you’re interested, check out the website of the purveyor of these parts, and many others, at Mikes Equipment Company.] In addition to salvage yards dedicated to farm equipment there are also yards which cater to those looking for automotive parts. It’s always cheaper to purchase a used transmission, for example, for any particular year, make, and model then it is to purchase a new one. In addition to a large number of active auto salvage yards in our area, this part of Pennsylvania seems to be particularly littered with an unusually large number of neglected and decaying yards as well. They do lend themselves to early morning photo safaris however; the image below was captured this morning.

8 thoughts on “Magic bus

  1. Such a gorgeous photo – you’ve given the old gal in the foreground a place of honor and personified her! And I completely appreciate the post re: parts and availability. My husband is the one around here that re-works the mechanics and he is equally excited to find the parts for the various vintage work-horses around here, also. Thank you for the excellent article and enjoy your early mornings.

    1. Vermeer has always been one of my favorites … even before Chevalier’s novel. On the agricultureal side, Vermeer is known for its hard working, sturdy, machines. Thanks for taking the time to send a few words my way. D

    1. Thanks for taking the time to comment. Yeah … I liked the image as well. It was nice to present a photogenic side of what was really a kinda depressing place. D

    1. Thanks for the thoughtful comment Dianne. I liked the image as well. As a blogger I know how easy it is to cruise around to look at cool stuff and never push the comment or the like button. I am not a confident enough blogger to ignore feedback in the form of likes and comments. So … your effort is very much appreciated indeed. I use comments and likes as a barometer. I’m not confident enough about my stuff to simply post and be done. I look to the readership for hints as to what they like to see and to read about. So, see, you’ve done an important thing. Thanks. I hope to cruise by diannegray to see what you’re about. D

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