Tuscaloosa County man gives antique tractors a second life

Tuscaloosa County man gives antique tractors a second life
By Robert DeWitt

Perhaps it all started because Henry Harless never got a chance to till the soil like his grandfather.
“I always liked tractors,” Harless said as he relaxed in the orderly shop area behind his home in northwest Tuscaloosa County. “I guess I always wanted to farm and never got the opportunity.”

Harless’ likes tractors enough to own about 50 of them — he’s really not sure of the number because he’s not counting — ranging from pint-sized lawnmowers to powerful machines designed to pull plows through heavy black soil. Most are from the 1940s and 50s and he collects and lovingly restores them.

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