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    Posted 9 years ago

    hotairfan
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    Hog oilers are an early 20th Century farming device used mainly on
    mid western hog farms, although I have found them here on the east coast. They were filled with insecticide oil (and in some cases, used crank case oil), and placed in the hog pens. There the hogs would rub or roll on them and thus distributing the oil all over their bodies.
    The oil killed the disease-causing hog lice that are known to infest hog pens.
    They were usually made of cast iron and their inventive styles and shapes were limited only by their designer's imagination
    Shown here are my Ball Hog Oiler (rolls to dispense the oil), my Lenox (bumping the unit pumped oil over the top), my Watermellon (rolls to dispense the oil), and my Hog Joy which had a rolling drum to dispense the oil. ...............hotairfan.

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    1. hotairfan hotairfan, 9 years ago
      hi valintino97,
      I'm suprised that a native Iowan never heard of hog oilers. That is the home of many of the manufacturers, and, next to Indiana, it is the land of most hog oiler collectors. I live in PA and go to model engine shows attended by model makers around the country. I asked a fellow engine geek if he ever finds them and the next year he brought me the Lenox that is shown in the pic. Back here in the east, they use the same idea to keep flies off cattle, no.... no, not a cast iron roller, but an oil soaked canvas tubing held between two trees. The cattle walk under and swipe their backs on it to keep off the bugs. .....hotairfan.
    2. Parkerhouse, 9 years ago
      WOW! I have never heard of these either. Thanks for the education.
    3. hotairfan hotairfan, 9 years ago
      thanks.........hotairfan.

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