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Re­vis­it­ing vin­tage far­m­ma­chin­ery; the me­chan­i­cal stal­warts that backed up the coun­try’s back­bone.

The ma­chines that tamed the land in days gone by get a chance to strut their stuff again this week­end. The Manawatu Vin­tage Ma­chin­ery Club’s is host­ing two days of work­ing dis­plays fea­tur­ing trac­tors, im­ple­ments, sta­tion­ary en­gines, farm­ing tech­niques and demon­stra­tions from yes­ter­year.

Con­venor Gough Bryant is ex­pect­ing 80-odd trac­tors and a sub­stan­tial num­ber of im­ple­ments such as balers, chaff-cut­ters, thresh­ing mills, a por­ta­ble sawmill, and up to 30 dif­fer­ent types of sta­tion­ary en­gines, though the re­gion’s fire ban means that trac­tion en­gines won’t be able to power the ma­chin­ery this time.

Sited on an eight hectare pad­dock on Kairanga’s Lock­wood Rd, Gough says he’ll be fer­ry­ing sheep to a shear­ing stand pow­ered by a sin­gle cylin­der en­gine in his 1941 one ton Ford truck, and mem­bers of the Manawatu Vin­tage Car Club may turn up as well.

There’ll be two pa­rades each day; the morn­ing fea­tur­ing pre-1940s ve­hi­cles, and the early af­ter­noon, post-1940s.

‘‘We’ll have rubber-tyred and steel-wheeled trac­tors and even some crawler trac­tors from the days be­fore four-wheeled drive,’’ Gough says.

As well as the old ma­chines show­ing how ‘‘it used to be done’’, there’ll be an old-style farm kitchen range boil­ing wa­ter and bak­ing scones.

A num­ber of mo­bil­ity scoot­ers will be avail­able so older vis­i­tors can get around the site. Kopane School staff, par­ents and stu­dents are pro­vid­ing on-site park­ing du­ties, food and drink.

The Vin­tage Ag Expo is at 169 Lock­wood Rd from 10am – 4pm with adults $8 and un­der-15 free. No dogs please, and no smok­ing.


A wooden belt­driven baler demon­strates how it was done down on the farm in days of yore.

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