Maybe we’ll solve this mystery??

Here are more photos of the mystery Gardner Denver farm machine. Is it a log-splitter? Some kind of sprayer or pump? It’s been sitting on this property for 20-plus years, and at some point someone designed it, made it, sold it, bought it, used it … for something purposeful.

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9 responses to “Maybe we’ll solve this mystery??

  1. Wendell still believes it is a log splitter with the ram and wedge missing. He showed me a picture of an electric one and it looks very similar. This one may be hydraulic. The ram and wedge may be laying around it somewhere. Look up log splitter and you will see lots of pictures. Wendell said he could be wrong but it looks like one to him. He says it may have been water powered.

  2. Heather

    My farmer/logger step-dad says: ‘May be a rock/mining drill. Parts missing, maybe. That u-shaped metal thing may pivot up so that long beam with the chain inside is vertical.’

  3. The plot thickens…

  4. Heather

    Look at the second page, upper right. Is that it? This is a fun mystery for a dull Tuesday night! http://www.ebay.com/itm/Gardner-Denver-Pumps-Air-Compressors-Grouting-1952-AD-/150479203247

  5. Rusty

    I think Heather is right. It’s a portable wagon drill. It’s a pneumatic drill for drilling in rock. I’ll bet the long part with the chain tilts up vertically.

    http://www.hcea.net/Default.aspx?pageId=1680146&id=12109934&dh=0&cppr=3

  6. Rusty

    It might have been used for drilling water wells.

    Hopefully there aren’t any abandoned wells on your property that a small kid could fall into.

  7. Wow! I think you guys may be right! That looks like the same thing! I wonder if someone used it to drill the smaller well on our property that we don’t use right now. (That was the first “open well” we discovered shortly after moving here. Hopefully there are no more …) I’ll tell Kerry tonight and see what he thinks. I wonder what people do with such things. Scrap metal? Old farm machinery collector? Big huge eyesore chicken climby thingy?

  8. Heather

    Wow, yay internet! I vote for it being a chicken climby thingy.

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