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Rainwolf
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Post Farm Master Incubator Project
on: February 21, 2012, 22:55

Hi all!
I was able to buy a Farm Master 228.7 Incubator that was sold by Sears in the 1950's.

This is how it looked when I got it. Sadly None of the internal parts were original so I will be using new parts to get it working again.
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Here I washed the dirt off but nothing major yet.
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They used a heater......
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Some of the outside parts are missing as well as the internal works and the internal water tray.

No front switch plate or switches....
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Door handle and the top hinges are not original... And the veneer on the top is having issues.....
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So..... After a good scrubbing with just plain water it looks a lot better but needs some real help to get back to the beauty it once was.
Redwood is such a great wood that it will be easy to work with yet last forever once it is taken care of again.

First thing was to strip out all the guts (heater, wiring, wafer thermostat and etc.

I then started sanding the outside shellac off and getting back to the wood.
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Only got the surfaced sanded and still have a long way to go!

Day 2: got the rest of the outside sanded and now only some final touch up sanding needed.

changed list a little as I decided not to remove inside boards.... even though they are screwed on the screws are not easy to remove and I don't want a broken screw I have to figure out how to remove.

I sanded some of the interior and will wash it down again before repainting with the original silver color. Still need to repair the water tray rail. Hope to repair rail and paint on my next day off.

Day 3:
DIY was nice enough to cut some of my redwood board into a new water tray rail which I installed today. I then cleaned inside once more and painted a "metallic aluminum" which matches the interior best. now to let set overnight and see if I need a second coat.

The inside is now so bright I need shades! :D

Next will be:

    Remove shelf rails and etc which were original and screwed in so easy to remove to repair, sand and repaint.

    Final sanding of exterior
    Oil outside wood surface to protect the wood and make it beautiful
    Have a new water tray made like the original
    Have a special tray made for the bottom to cover the rust damaged metal surface. (by making it a tray it will be easy to pull out to clean)
    Find door latch more like original to replace current modem latch
    (found one at Hardwick's Hardware but it is just a little to big. Will be going back and talking to the person who orders them to see if I can order one the right size.)
    Find top hinges more like the originals
    Install fan, heating, thermostat, switches and etc that will be needed to continue using it as a incubator
    Hatch Eggs!

I will try and continue to post updates as I go along.

Anyone else have a old Redwood incubator? :D

OSUman
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Post Re: Farm Master Incubator Project
on: February 22, 2012, 21:57

I have one, its a Superior Incubator, looks just like that except it has 6 trays instead of 4. Also mine has a different fan.

Rainwolf
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Post Re: Farm Master Incubator Project
on: February 23, 2012, 00:58

I am updating the original post with the new days work. So will post "Update" when I do so.

so erm Update! :D

Rainwolf
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Post Re: Farm Master Incubator Project
on: February 23, 2012, 01:09

Quote from OSUman on February 22, 2012, 21:57
I have one, its a Superior Incubator, looks just like that except it has 6 trays instead of 4. Also mine has a different fan.

Sweet! I would hope it does not have the "fan" I had in mine :o

Someone sent me a copy of the original manual! in PDF format so if anyone wants a copy just let me know and I will email it. :D

I emailed Sears Parts Store.... ermm they failed....
I asked if they had any parts to the Farm Master 228.7 Incubator.
They replied "send us your parts list for the parts you want"
I send the pdf of the manual with the parts list and ask for price of anything they have but I really want the switch parts....
They replied "sorry we don't have any of those parts"
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Well why did you ask for a parts list for something you have no parts too?????? grrrr sometimes I wish I could smack someone aside the head via email!

OSUman
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Post Re: Farm Master Incubator Project
on: February 23, 2012, 05:29

LOL, I have the original manual :P and a schematic of the wiring.

DIYSeattle
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Post Re: Farm Master Incubator Project
on: February 23, 2012, 10:49

Its starting to look better.

Rainwolf
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Post Re: Farm Master Incubator Project
on: February 23, 2012, 13:00

Quote from OSUman on February 23, 2012, 05:29
LOL, I have the original manual :P and a schematic of the wiring.

SEND ME A COPY!!!!!
can you photocopy or scan it for me? PLEASE!

Rainwolf
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Post Re: Farm Master Incubator Project
on: February 23, 2012, 13:06

need the wiring info!

Rainwolf
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Post Re: Farm Master Incubator Project
on: February 26, 2012, 20:45

Ok I priced having a water tray made that looks original.... holy moley... over $200! sorry no can do my wallet would scream at me!

So..... if anyone sees, hears, or can grab a original water tray (18" x 18" 3 channels) PLEASE let me know or if it is under $30 grab it and I will pay you to ship to me or might even come visit and pick up!

Parts needed.....
Water pan 18" x 18" 1"+ high..
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Hygrometer
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and front door latch
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Photos are from a new friend who has one with all original parts and has spent his time getting me photos so I can find parts that are as original as possible. Thanks Doug!

Rainwolf
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Post Re: Farm Master Incubator Project
on: February 28, 2012, 21:42

Updated original post with day 3... will add photos tomorrow.

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