ELMA — The 38th annual Antique Farm Engine & Tractor Show & Pull got off to a good start at the Grays Harbor fairgrounds on July 13.
All kinds of antique farm equipment were on display at the show, which was highlighted by the antique tractor pull.
Limiting tractor models to pre-1959 models, drivers shackled their best tractor, be it an Oliver or Massey Ferguson, and attempted to maintain a pre-determined speed dragging a progressive 35,000-pound sled as far as they could manage. Competition provided three speed categories – 3, 4 and 6 miles per hour.
Next to the tractor-pull area, a grand display of “hit-and-miss” motors in various sizes and vintages were popping and whirling to the excitement of the attendees. Just as popular as the motors, drag saws were actively cutting through logs. An innovation brought into popularity in the late 1800s to the early 1900s, the drag saw was capable of doing the work of three men.
The saw, a motorized version of a two-man buck saw, would enable one man to cut a length of a tree into sections. Once the sections started to pile up, he could be splitting the sections as the saw continued to cut more rounds, in effect, doing the saw work of two men.
Many models were popular among homesteaders, farmers and loggers alike and were all the rage until the development of the chainsaw during World War II.
One of the drag saws on display was a Vaughn one-cylinder hit-and-miss motor worked by Greg Sherlock of Tukwila. Sherlock and his display partner, Ron Loomis, provided visitors a wealth of information about the apparatus and were willing to cut and cut some more to show off their antique equipment.
Loomis mentioned that the saws will be back during the Grays Harbor County Fair as part of the Vintage Iron Display that brings many more implements to the public’s eyes.