Tractor Tuesday: Farmall 140 is Still Going Strong





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Dan Athearn using our vintage International 140 offset tractor with a belly mount basket cultivator to weed our 5 row D’avignon Radishes! #marthasvineyard #farmlife #tractor #radish #cultivation


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Currently set up with a 5 row custom Buddingh weeder and rear end sweeps, this International Harvester Farmall has high clearance for cultivation and works on both five- row and three-row bed crops. Though more than 60 years old, it runs very well. This is an offset tractor, meaning the mechanics are set to the side of the tractor enabling the operator to see the crop being worked on below.

IH 140 tractorModel 140
Brand International Harvester Farmall
Engine  2.0L 4-cylinder
Fuel gasoline
Year 1958-73
HP 21 PTO, 17 drawbar
Special tools Belly and rear cultivators

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ford 5600 tractor with kids

ford 5600 dan tractor

Dan drives the 5600. Photo by Alison Shaw.

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sending y'all some tomato love 🍅🍅🍅

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