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Sawdust From The Kerf
Volume 2
Issue 2
October 1, 2004
By Mike Acres

The Puget Sound Antique Tractor, Gas & Steam Show in Lynden Washington is an annual event very worth while visiting if you are interested in things mechanical. Berthusen Park is a dedicated site with many operating displays permanently built. As the name of the show implies there are tractors and engines. In addition there is a tractor pulling competition, a parade of antique tractors, an operating steam powered sawmill , an operating steam powered yarder with "A" frames, an operating sawmill flat belt driven by an antique tractor, many operating engines from tiny to huge, a corn grinding concession with the corn ground on site with an antique tractor for power, a threshing demonstration, a collectables flea market and on and on.
This year located next to the steam sawmill you would have found a display of air cooled drag saws by fellow collector MARSHALL TROVER
The gentleman seated in the display is Mr. Trover Sr.

WEIGHT 100 LBS. (45 Kg) 5 H.P. COST $300.00
In a corner of the display area allocated to Marshall you would have found a few chain saws as well. The collectors pictured are left to right: Duane Zollo, Lowell Boyd, Dave Challenger, Marshall Trover, Mike Acres
The saws are: left front IEL model HA, right front Disston model DA211, left rear IEL Super Twin model PD,
right rear IEL Super Pioneer model DAED COLE of Puyallup Washington had a very nice display as well. His display trailer is a thing of beauty as well as being very convenient.

Ed had a couple of unique saws on display. One of them was a Mall air operated chain saw model 2P
Another was a McCulloch 1-80 gear drive with plunge bow attachment
And another was a nice clean ECLIPSE WASP chain saw built by the ECLIPSE LAWN MOWER CO.
using a Power Products type AH-47 engine. New it sold for $169.95
The steam powered sawmill operated several times a day and drew many spectators.
The boiler easily provided the necessary steam to do the job.

The twin cylinder steam motor drove a large flywheel,the power was transmitted to the sawmill input shaft via flat belt.Another small single cylinder motor provided the power to operate the carriage.

The slab wood was cut into handy lengths and used to fire the boiler.

The Thick-N-Thin Sawmill demonstrated how lumber could be sawn using a farm tractor for power.
A thing of beauty that toured around the show grounds was a 1/2 scale CASE steam tractor.
There were literally hundreds of engines on display, many of them were operating. I only photographed a few.

The large shed behind the engine in this photo houses several ATLAS Diesel engines. My interest in the ATLAS is greater than for some of the other makes because my Mother worked for the ATLAS company in Vancouver Canada as the private secretary to the manager during the early and mid 1930's. She told me that at that time during the great depression a good year for them was to sell 8 engines. One of the engines they sold during this time went to re-power the Boeing yatcht. The display has an operating example of this type of engine which starts in either forward or reverse rotation.
There is a new addition to the collection waiting on a lowbed trailer to be installed in the display shed. It is an example of the last model of engine that was manufactured by the Atlas company.
The tractor section of the show was very large and covered most makes I was familiar with and some that I was not.
There was a very nice CATERPILLAR D2 on display and I have a soft spot for that machine because I spend one summer working on a highway construction project pulling a wobbly wheel packer with a D2 on the night shift.
The MOGUL tractor is one one that you do not see every day.
The Allis Chalmers collectors were well represented.
As were the Case collectors.
And the Farmall collectors.
And of course the John Deere collectors.
I took this picture of the model 40 because I have put a lot of hours on one of these as well.
The Minneapolis Moline people were there in force.
There were Oliver tractors.
and Rumley Oil Pull tractors.
Then there were the trucks. A few examples are shown.

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