Pete's Top Social Media Picks

February 11, 2017 02:29 AM
 
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Every tractor tells a tale, and while traveling the country, Machinery Pete encounters numerous machinery stories. Greg Peterson visits enthusiast’s collections, farm equipment dealers and auctions, and the stories he gathers often strike a cord with his social media following. Here are four recent popular posts.

More Than Just a Tractor
Alan Conrad’s son Andrew wrote a college paper about how his dad found this John Deere 4455. It’s quite the story—one that includes the sister serial number and the South Carolina farmer who bought it.

 

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A Man Ahead of His Time
In 2014, 92-year-old Carmen Start’s farm auction was featured on “Machinery Pete TV.” His 1975 International 1566 tractor with 450 hours sold for a record price of $45,000. Carmen passed away Dec. 21, 2016. 

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Lost and Found
Macon, Ill., farmer Paul Butler spent years searching for his grandfather’s Minneapolis Moline U tractor,
the first tractor he ever drove. After years, he found it at an auction 15 miles away. The restoration is now complete with grandpa’s handwriting still on the hood. 

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Auctioneering Legend Retires
On Jan. 14, 2017, 85-year-old Bill Gaule of Chatham, Ill., sold his last tractor at auction. I posted a YouTube video of Bill selling the 1964 John Deere 4020 diesel with 9,065 hours for $9,700. You could hear and feel the emotion as he cried out “Sold!” one final time. 

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