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    Posted 4 months ago

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    Oh, how I pity the people who used this contraption!
    But I know it was an improvement over the pick and shovel method of dirt moving; at least this was rigged up to a mule or horse to help with the labor of scooping out dirt for a pond or leveling the ground. The human still had a labor intensive job of maning the 2 wooden handles to direct the angle of the leading edge as it gouged into the dirt. And, when the bucket was filled, the human had to lift the handles to dump the dirt. Not to mention the human still had to manage the reins of the animal: what a job!!

    It’s extremely heavy even empty so I can’t imagine it’s weight full of dirt.

    I’ve seen references on line calling this a Fresno Scraper but I’m not sure that was what it was originally called back in it’s day.
    I thought a Fresno scraper was a bit more “modern” in its features and ease of use.....and the idea for it was the fore-runner of the modern- day bull dozer or road scraper.. So, please offer any comments, corrections and additional information!

    It’s another “featured” old relic in my “rusty yard art garden” in addition to the huge iron saw I previously posted.

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    1. Vynil33rpm Vynil33rpm, 4 months ago
      My life is so much easier now that I have the new invention ,the Fresno scraper
      no more Toiling in the dirt,,,
    2. Watchsearcher Watchsearcher, 4 months ago
      Thank you, Vynil33rpm, for the instantaneous first “love”!
    3. Watchsearcher Watchsearcher, 4 months ago
      Lol, MrVynil....I bet many a farmer said those same words! Bless their hearts.
    4. AnythingObscure AnythingObscure, 4 months ago
      And from my own standpoint WS...AWW CRAP...besides the wonderful old saw you've already got *this thing* too...?? <headdesk>

      Other than the old sewing machine I haven't yet got home, so far the only thing close is this plus a few much more lightweight rusty chunks...I gotta get to work to catch up...??!! <ROTFL>
    5. Watchsearcher Watchsearcher, 4 months ago
      AO, you and I (and probably a lot of members of CW) easily qualify as hoarders to one degree or another....we’re in the rusty-junk category!
      I have a 55 Gallon steel drum (probably would no longer hold whatever liquid that was once in it) that I hauled out of the woods of my parent’s property. I’m happily using it as a “display stand” for a few odds and far, one of those animal traps meant to snap shut on the keg of some poor animal.... it’s a sort of a teaching tool for me to try to instill in any visiting child who happens to check it out just how cruel such a trap was....thank goodness, it’s too rusted to be operational.
      Besides that, just a couple of pieces of abandoned tractor implements...probably not very old, but at least rusty, so they quality in my book. :-)

      I got a chuckle from your comment...:-)
    6. Roycroftbooksfromme1, 4 months ago
      Ahhhhh,.. what a sweet find many of basements were dug out up here back in the day by one of these and a horse... tough men back then.. cool find ..
    7. Watchsearcher Watchsearcher, 4 months ago
      I totally agree about that: men had to be tough to use tools like this. Not a job for the weak!
      Thanks for taking the time to check it out and comment and give it a love. :-)
    8. Hoot60 Hoot60, 3 months ago
      Wow...if I saw that tool at the jobsite I would run as fast as I could away from it :)
    9. Watchsearcher Watchsearcher, 3 months ago
      Hoot60, I’m reading your comment at 0530 and you have given me my first laugh of the day!
      Maybe that’s a good omen....many thanks!
    10. Ms.CrystalShip Ms.CrystalShip, 3 months ago
      Just looking at this “contraption” makes my back ache. lol...Men & Women worked so much harder “in the day”. I believe it to be a wonderful addition to your already beautiful yard. Some pictures you have be kind enough to show us look so peaceful and tranquil..any fairy spotting yet?
    11. Watchsearcher Watchsearcher, 3 months ago
      Thank you so much Eileen! No fairies yet but lots of butterflies visiting zinnias, birds plucking seeds out of sunflowers, and some big tobacco caterpillars stuffing themselves on leaves of a potted plant today.
      The caterpillars were so fascinating and beautiful I left them alone....they will eventually morph into pretty moths. That’s close enough to fairies to make me happy!
    12. Watchsearcher Watchsearcher, 3 months ago
      Oops! I mis-stated name of the “plant-muncher” I’s really a “Tobacco Hornworm”....a lovely creature with markings that look like eyes along the length of its body. :-|
    13. Watchsearcher Watchsearcher, 3 months ago
      A belated Thank You to a long list of kind readers who “Loved” my old dirt moving implement:

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