Cast Iron Tractor Seats

In the early morning, I love walking through the tents and open spaces in the different venues of the Round Top Antiques Market taking a different route every day.  It’s a great way to check out all that is available without any pressure to purchase and I get my exercise before we start our day.

Today as I walked into town for the market, I passed quite a few tents and vendor spaces with tractor seats.  Some were just plain tractor seats for sale.  Other vendors found a way to re-purpose those seats into something utilitarian, fun and quite interesting.dsc00412.jpg

I love the idea of a see-saw with tractor seats on each end.  It looks like the tractor seat would give a bit of stability to the person riding up and down.  I remember as a child scooting off the end when the other person bumped the ground with too much force.  This one is so well built that adults of any size can enjoy the pure joy of a childhood ride complete with the wind blowing through your hair and the giddy feel of the ride to tickle your innards and remind you of days long gone as well as a comfy tractor seat to help you stay in place.dsc00404.jpg

Made from a large spring, a tractor seat and a stool base this tractor seat stool is almost as comfortable as riding a tractor. Welded in place it is secure yet the spring gives a little wiggle when sitting on it. The spring loaded tractor seat stool could be quite a hoot at your next party.  A little too much to drink and your tipsy friends could get an unexpected ride.DSC00433.JPG

Can’t you envision this tractor seat bench in your garden? This two-seater, tractor seat bench took a good bit of ingenuity and welding ability.  The supporting ends are iron wheels welded in place to a flat piece of iron for the base, accented with horseshoes.  The cross piece of square iron is braced by smaller square iron bars which makes this bench extremely stable.  To complete the bench, the two tractor seats are then welded onto the square cross bar.  Sitting on this bench was quite comfortable and made me think of driving the tractor on my father-in-law’s farm years ago.  The way a tractor seat conforms to the shape of your bum is comfortable but only for a while; sadly, it’s still made of iron so not much cushion.

In the background of the above right photo are some more stools made from a 4 by 4 piece of wood, a circular base and a tractor seat.  This is probably the most popular and easiest way to make a tractor seat stool.

Tractor seats can be found in all shapes and sizes.  Some have company names formed into the mold of the seat and those bring a large price, the less expensive ones are plain wit vent holes formed by the mold when casting the metal.  Cast iron, the usual material used to make tractor seats, is durable and accepts paint well when primed first.

So if you see a tractor seat for sale, consider making it into a type of seat for your yard.

For the next two weeks I’ll be blogging from Warrenton Texas at the Round Top Antiques Market.  Follow me, learn about the quirky, strange and unusual items, people and things to see.  I hope you enjoy my trip as much as I. If you’re in the Round Top area stop by the Campbell Building and see us; our booth is Eye 4 Jewels.  Or you can check out the building’s Facebook page here.  For a calendar of events during the show and list of all the venues and their dates and times open here.

2 comments

  1. I’d never have thought of such a thing and have never seen such a thing over here – neither old tractor seats collected in their own right nor turned into seats. Though there are plenty of people who ‘collect’, or restore, old tractors. It’s good to see old things used in some way rather than scrapped, as so often in our ‘throw away society’.

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    • We see old tractors collected, restored and lovingly displayed at county fairs, tractor pulls and farm gatherings. But there seems to be a large contingency of folks that just collect tractor parts, whether seats, steering wheels, front grills, wheels/tires, etc. At Round Top Antiques Market you can find all these parts and more. I met a guy out in the fields that collects old spark plugs. Interesting? Maybe only to him.

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