Member of the Month: Mike R

This month we interviewed Mike R. Member since 2010, antique tractor enthusiast, and a friend to many. Read more about him!

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Mike R on his 1945 Case Sc tractor.

Your Name: Mike R

Posts: 3,351 (#127 of all-time)

Location: Prince Township, Ontario

How long have you been a member of TractorByNet.com?
I have been a member of TractorByNet since September 2010. I found the site while I was looking for info about the brakes on my Massey 1020. What I found on the forum was a group of great people with vast amounts of knowledge.

What do you like best about TractorByNet.com?
The thing I like best about TractorByNet is all the friendly people who are there to give you help, no matter what it’s about. I also like TractorByNet because I love to talk about tractors, farm machinery and farming.

What type of tractors do you own?
I own a 1986 Massey Ferguson 1020 and a 1945 Case Sc.

How long have you owned or operated tractors?
I’ve operated tractor since I was tall enough to reach the pedals. Before that, it was with model tractors in the sand box imagining what it would be like when I could operated a full sized one.

What do you enjoy most about tractors?
The things I enjoy most about tractors have to be the power and amount of work that you can accomplish with one. I also enjoy all the learning that goes along with owning them. The engineering that has gone into the tractor to make it function and work properly never ceases to amaze me.

How often do you use your tractor?
I use my Massey almost daily for grading, plowing, disking, hauling fire wood and snow removal. My Case on the other hand, is my collector’s tractor that is all restored and gets used 8 times a year. Mostly being shown or participating it the tractor cruise.

What sort of tools, attachments or equipment do you use with your tractor on a regular basis?
The equipment that I have for my tractors is a grader blade, single bottom plow, disks, snow blower, manure spreader and a log skidder.

Do you maintain crops?
I have a garden where I plant potatoes, radishes, carrots, pumpkins, cucumbers, corn and onions for a hobby. It is great satisfaction knowing that I can grow my own food and maintains crops that most people today seem to think only comes from the grocery store.

What’s something most TractorByNet members don’t know about you?
Most members probably don’t know that I organized Prince Townships first ever tractor cruise. I had the idea of gathering up anybody with a tractor in the area and head out for a 12.5km cruise around the township. Tractors of any year were allowed to participate in the cruise. The tractors ranged from the 1940’s all the way up to brand new. This year we had 20 tractors that participated, despite the rainy weather. Next year I hope we can have over 50 or more tractors in the cruise.

What are some of your other hobbies?
Some of my other hobbies I enjoy are making maple syrup, snowshoeing, skiing, and restoring and showing antique equipment. With the maple syrup this year, I am switching from buckets to using tubing and a vacuum pump so I can save time and labor and expand my operation. I plan on having about 175 taps this year and plan on expanding my operation in the future to have hopefully 500 taps. I enjoy skiing and snowshoeing because I love being outdoors surrounded by nature and wildlife.

Another hobby of mine is collecting and restoring antique equipment. Currently I am restoring a 1925 Massey Harris mower and have a John Deere manure spreader that I am going to restore next. I like to attend shows with my Case Sc and my 1914 Hit and miss engine demonstrating to people how they work and explain how the technology used in the old equipment is the still being used today.

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