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I took this along IL Route 4 during my barn excursion on Monday. This is most interesting. I think it may be an old tractor, but am not sure. Or maybe an old sewing machine. I know! It's a tractor with a sewing machine on top! :o)))


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To Willey re arms fall off.. Right you are. Been there done that - so the first winter we modified everything. Cut the front wheels off and made a heavy hitch so the unit pulled as a trailer instead of a wagon. Removed wheels for raising and lowering blade and replaced with two hydraulic cylinders and removed all the mechanism for turning the blade and replaced that with another cylinder. That allowed this to be a one man job from the tractor seat. Only problem was we removed so much weight that we had to add a weight box to keep the grader moving straight and in line with the tractor direction. Sold the unit in 1973 but I'll bet it is still in operation. Pulled it with D-17 Allis.


I too (late to the party) immediately recognized it as a road grader - I think warbler may have posted something similar, and I researched it at that time. But what intrigues me is the wheels - they have flanges mounted on them, which sink into the ground. I thought at first that meant it was intended to work on rails, but if that were so, the rivet heads wouldn't sit proud (you can see them on the left rear wheel). Perhaps that's to provide sideward stability, to reduce the slide when the grader blade is angled, which puts a sideward force on the rear wheels?


Thank you, Ptv. At least somebody knows how to work this thing!

Ha ha, Shirley. That's the safest thing to do.

Willey, thanks for all the info you supplied. You sure know your stuff!

This is, as question mark stated, a horse drawn & later, in some cases a tractor drawn road grader or "maintainer". many of the county soil conservation org's still have these for the farmers to be pulled, preferrably with a crawler tractor in straightening out & contouring deeply eroded ditches in hill country farm fields which would be resewed to grass to better control water run off soil erosion. The farmer does not want to put a $250'000 modern Road Grader in some of the precarious situations where if you rolled this thing over into the ditch, you just roll it back over & go back to contouring. yes, I have been there & done that. Just a half of a day operating the control wheels on this thing, & your arms are ready to fall off. Some of the older equipment still has a viable use.


I'll just agree with everyone, makes a great puzzle Laura, Thank you.

The two wheels on top beside the steering wheel, control the angle and tilt of the scraping blade.


Well, you guys really know your old equipment! A horse-drawn road grader...who would have thought?? This is located in front of the Macoupin County DOT. Now I see why!

I appreciate each of your comments...Jigfever, Cusoon, Lovey, Mary, Barb, OY, QM, PutterDutt, Mary, Smllpkg, Patsquire, Robyn, Tooney and Ptv! You guys made me chuckle.

I am impressed with those who knew that this contraption was!

Horse drawn road grader.

I think you're right, patsquire--definitely something Wile E. Coyote would order!


It's definitely an antique:)))


I'm surprised nobody else recognized it!


This is an Acme Model 61 Roadrunner Killer, as ordered through the mail by Wile E. Coyote.


It's a mechanical thing-a-ma-jig!


Lol Laura, I like your description of this old grader.


I haven't a clue as to what it is, or was, but I know I'd want to plop a dog on that seat and get some photos! Nice find, laurajane!!


or simply search horse drawn grader


Yes, a road you could sew on the go! It is a really nice one Laura and a little different than any one I've seen before.

I question that it is a "horse drawn" grader. From the draw-bar I'd guess it was pulled by a steam tractor. It just looks too big to handle with a team of horses. You would need at least 6 horses. Mind you in the 1800's they did use 6 and eight horse teams on their graders when laying rail. but again; the draw-bar.


Definitely a horse drawn road grader. Many were converted to be pulled by a tractor to keep farmers lanes and roads smooth. We had one and used it to draw water furrows in fields after they were planted to prevent water from laying and killing the crops in low spots. This one has been nicely restored..


Whatever, it's certainly an interesting find. Thanks, Laura. :-)))


It's a conundrum. ;^)


It's a funky machine for going down to funky town!

try a horse drawn grader

it's a horse drawn road grader


Ha ha, Lyndee. Your guess is as good as mine!


Is that a tractor or a giant bug?????? :)