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    OK, What is this thing?
    I don't believe it is a lawn aerator. This would be a compactor, its too heavy and the points are solid not hollow.
    Current guesses are - Ice breaker for a ship. Bark remover for old growth timber. Soil loosener for the bottom of a hand dug ditch or well.
    The handle looks to be a replacement.

    No one I have talked to knows for sure, ideas?????







  • #2
    A fish spear? But a little heavy duty for that.

    A tool for stretching belting or something similar?

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    • #3
      Loosening blocks of ice in the old ice houses.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by duckman
        Loosening blocks of ice in the old ice houses.
        I worked in an old ice house during my first year of college 1968 to 69 we never had one of those.

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        • #5
          Ice Fork

          Someone probably stole it before you got there.
          Kansas City area

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          • #6
            When all else fails, read the manual.
            Paul A.
            SE Texas

            Make it fit.
            You can't win and there IS a penalty for trying!

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            • #7
              It's a - a - lawn aerator.
              I seldom do anything within the scope of logical reason and calculated cost/benefit, etc- I'm following my passion-

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              • #8
                The first thing to my mind was a device for killing moles.

                Reminded me of automatic, spring loaded mole traps/killers.
                Lynn (Huntsville, AL)

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                • #9
                  Clinker breaker for a furnace.
                  Last edited by Grind Hard; 09-21-2011, 11:41 PM.
                  "The Administration does not support blowing up planets." --- Finally some SENSIBLE policy from the Gov!

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                  • #10
                    Someone probably stole it before you got there.

                    + a whole bunch... FOTFL

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                    • #11
                      Belongs to Freddy Kruger.
                      MBB

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                      • #12
                        A high-production dibble ?

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                        • #13
                          Hate to be boring, but I think it's a lawn aerator. it's even designed so that you can get your foot in there to push down harder. You can still buy them: http://compare.ebay.com/like/1806913...Types&var=sbar

                          Ian
                          All of the gear, no idea...

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                          • #14
                            yup - aerator for sure. you don't have to pull out empty plugs in order for them to work - did you see the aerator sandals - very nice ---- try walking across the hardwood floor in front of the wifey with those on and next thing you know you'll have a gardener named "Sven"

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                            • #15
                              The aerator idea is one that keeps coming up, however....I don't think so and here is why.

                              The head is cast iron, and heavy like a splitting maul. There are many examples of lawn aerators that are lighter weight. You don't need 6 lbs of metal to make tiny holes in turf. The idea that carrying that kind of weight around as practical for the user doesn't make sense to me.

                              Also, for the manufacturer, being in a competitive business, having that kind of costs sunk into something that his competitors could make out on a fraction of the material would be foolish.

                              The solidness of the head/handle and the spikes/head makes me think it was used to pry something apart. Also the excessive weight would be helpful in slamming the thing into what ever its supposed to go into.

                              I like the idea of separating ice blocks in a cold storage situation. This would explain the reasoning behind its weight(striking) and strength(prying) and the obvious foot hold.

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