Member of the Month: Scott_vt

By Muhammad September 1, 2011 08:00

Member of the Month: Scott_vt

Scott & wife Kathleen

Your Name: Scott_Martin (a.k.a. scott_vt)

Location: East Wells,VT

Post Count: 4,663 (#47 of all-time)

How long have you been a member of TBN?
I have been a member since October 2004, but had frequented the site before that. I purchased a 1942 Farmall A in 2001 and restored it shortly thereafter, so from that time on, I was always looking for tractor websites and community.

What do you like best about
After all the years I have been on this great website, the thing that keeps me coming back are the great friendships I have made, and all the knowledge that our community has and is willing to share. I remember, a few years back, I was restoring an old Dearborn plow and the amount of help that I got was overwhelming!

What type of tractors do you own? Tell us about them…
The 1942 Farmall A was my first tractor, later I bought a 1986 Massey Ferguson 1040, and my latest restore project was a 1949 Farmall Super A. My work tractor is my Massey Ferguson, that one maintains the property, mowing, driveway work, etc. The Farmalls are used to pull trailers, although I do have a sicklemower for my ’42 that gets used occasionally.

Tell us about your property.
Kathleen and I bought our Vermont property in early 2002, and have been slowly upgrading the house and land. Last year as some of the guys on the forum know, we built our barn. That was a dream that we have had for quite a few years, and we’re in the process of wiring it. We will hopefully have it totally complete next year. The barn will house my wood shop, which is one of my other hobbies, and I’m really looking forward to my first project in the new shop!

Do you have any pets? I have been taking care of my sons’ Rottweiler, Rocky, while he is in the process of renovating a home he just purchased. That’s a a job in itself!

What sort of modifications or customization have you done to your tractor?
One of the most fun projects on any of the tractors, was mounting a snowplow on the 1949 Super A and fabricating the associated hardware to take advantage of the hydraulic touch control. It’s used quite frequently during the winter. The two-bottom plow project was another fun restore, which I got loads of help from TBN on!

Do you maintain any crops?
We have started growing some blueberries, and having pretty good success so far. :)

What do you like/dislike about the area you live in?
We are in western Vermont – smaller mountains, 2,000 ft., our property is at about 1200 ft. elevation, rolling hills & meadows, mostly an agricultural area. We enjoy the quiet of the country and the beauty it reveals.

What other hobbies do you have other than tractors?
My other passion is woodworking, building furniture for our home, and now supplying my children with their own, that will keep me busy for the near future!

What’s something most TractorByNet members don’t know about you?
The woodworking skills I have are self-taught. Also, I served a toolmakers 8000 apprenticeship from 1971 to 1975. I spent 35 years in my trade, the last 20 as a master modelmaker with Pitney Bowes. I fabricated parts and assemblies for various types of office equipment through my years at that company.

Any member can stop by when I’m available to find a cold beer and good conversation. I would be glad to show them around!

By Muhammad September 1, 2011 08:00