Iconic farm machinery manufactured by Cliff & Bunting, CLAAS, John Deere, Nuffield and Lister will take centre stage at the popular vintage display at Henty.
Henty and District Antique Farm Machinery Club will present a comprehensive collection of items, including several working demonstrations.
Pleasant Hills farmer Max Hogg will have a stationary hay press, or square baler, manufactured by Cliff & Bunting for demonstration.
Mr Hogg, a former HMFD director, helped organise the first display of vintage farm machinery at the field days in 1977.
Dating back to 1920, the Cliff & Bunting hay press required six men to operate and it would have been brought into position by a horse, tractor or traction engine.
Hay was then brought to the baler by a sweep and then forked in.
The wooden divider was pushed into separate bales and two men pushed wire ties through and tied them off with pliers to hold the bale together.
Urangeline farmer Colin Eulenstein will demonstrate a late 1940s Bedford truck fitted with a G-Well bag loader.
The bag loader was commonly known by all who used them as “kickers” and have been mechanically, pneumatically and hydraulically powered.
An Australian invention, they were used to load sewn bags of wheat, oats, potatoes and all types of agricultural produce onto a truck.
Almost all carriers’ trucks and many farm trucks in the 1950s through into the 1970s were fitted with a G-Well bag loader.
Henty and District Antique Farm Machinery Club president Trevor Terlich will bring along a Lister portable shearing plant for demonstration, while Ken Paton, Jindera, will have a working water wheel.
Mr Terlich said the ever-popular Lanz Bulldog tractor would be fired up regularly for the crowd’s enjoyment.
“The highlight of the tractor display will be a rare 1926 John Deere D Model meticulously restored by Arnold Schulz,’’ he said.
The club is also contributing a PTO CLAAS Super 500 header, from Pleasant Hills collector Kerry Pietsch, as part of the Australian launch of the 2019 CLAAS LEXION header.
The vintage machinery on display across this year’s field days will include:
Cliff & Bunting stationary hay press – Max Hogg
Koertz wool press – John Kingston
Bedford Truck and G-Well bag loader – Colin Eulenstein
Water wheel – Ken Paton
Drag saw – Peter Creek
Lister portable shearing plant – Trevor Terlich
CLAAS Super 500 header – Kerry Pietsch
Lanz Bulldog D Model tractor – Les and Jason Burns
Nuffield N-4 tractor – Kerry Pietsch
Super AWD-6 1956 tractor – Andrew Newton
John Deere D Model tractor – Jonathan Schulz
John Deere G Model tractor – Jonathan Schulz
Fordson E27N kerosene model – John Kilo
Buick ute 1927 model – Nick Bedgood