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1951 Farm Master Incubator

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Buckaroo, Dec 5, 2008.

  1. Buckaroo

    Buckaroo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a chance to buy a none working sears 1951 farm master, its in good shape other than not working. Sure that I could get it working, but not sure how good they are. Anyone know about these? Would it be worth 100.00?

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  2. poultrylady

    poultrylady Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just sold one of these a few months ago. It was a Sears Super Hatcher, made around the early 50's. I believe it was a farm master also but that decal was missing. Anyway it worked pretty good. This one held around 400 eggs and to turn the eggs you would pull a lever out to roll the eggs, then push it back it roll them again. I set 400 eggs in it and my hatch rate was around 70%. Not to good but then again not to bad for an older incubator. It was a big heavy thing! I paid $150. for it and it worked. I sold it for the same amount. My only complaint was the temp varied a little, usually fluckuating 3 degrees or so. But it did hatch out chicks.
     
  3. RedStickLA

    RedStickLA Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Did you get it?

    A lady that buys eggs from me called and said that they purchased a used shed and it had a Farm Master incubator in it. She wanted to know if I wanted it...I said yes. So we are going to go pick it up sometime today. I don't know if it works but she said it looks like it is in good shape so we will see.

    Mitzi
     
  4. farm master

    farm master New Egg

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    I just got a 1957 model 1200 egg farm master(were I got my user name) for 100$ and it works althought I am going to replace a few thing later on . the fan, motor, and wafer thermostat you can get at GQF If it 100 i grab it up
     
  5. dbcooper02

    dbcooper02 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just picked up a 400 egg model from my local craigslist and it came with the instruction sheet that includes the 400, 600, 1200, and 2100 egg models. Anyone needing/wanting a scanned copy of the instructions? PM me your email address and I'll get a copy on its way.
    BTW how are you folks dating these? I sure don't see any dates on mine.
    db
     
  6. magikchick

    magikchick ~FEATHERFOOTED DIVA~

    Apr 21, 2007
    SW Florida
    I'd buy it just for the sheer fun of having it.
     
  7. RWD57

    RWD57 Out Of The Brooder

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    http://www.searsarchives.com/products/questions/yard/incubator.htm

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    best resource for information on old products is the general merchandise catalog. We do not have any schematic drawings of your incubator, but we did find a catalog listing on page 1147 of the spring 1951 Chicago edition catalog.

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    Maybe if we are lucky someday someone who used to make these will read this and have a wiring schematic around, i know i could use one. Or maybe an electrician who owns one or knows someone who owns will be kind enough to make a wiring diagram from a working unit and publish it for us.
     
    Last edited: Feb 1, 2010
  8. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    Maybe there could be a new subsection for antique incubators. [​IMG]
     
  9. walkswithdog

    walkswithdog Chillin' With My Peeps

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    A LOT of us have them. Mine's circa 1900, but that Farm Master model is in general a "Leahy", who sold the same incubator under several different labels to different retail outlets. They can be excellent incubators, I got mine for 75.00 and love it to death. It has hugely reliable great hatch rates. I had to replace the fan this winter, gosh after 100 years... darn unreliable things LOL. I replaced it with the GQF model of the same thing. And am adding an additional electronic thermostat and some interior lighting this spring. I love mine. The old ones were exceedingly well built. Probably adding turners as well, not that I need to be hatching too many more eggs omg.
     
  10. MagsC

    MagsC Queen Of Clueless

    Jul 27, 2008
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    I would think it is definitely worth the $100 if you can get it going. I wish I could find one of these![​IMG]
     

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