One of the tools we brought up from the farm garden was this antique furrow maker. I'm not sure how old it is but I know it is older than I am because all my garden planting memories involve pushing this thing around. As I unloaded out of the van upon our return, I noticed it was looking pretty rough. One handle had broken off and both handles were a bit spunky and cracked in places. The steel was in good shape but the bolts were rusted and many were a bit loose. Finally, the wheel had been flat spotted in a couple places.
After looking at if for a few minutes, I thought this would be a fairly easy restoration project. I could make new oak handles, straighten out the wheel a bit and give all the steel a good coat of paint. I lubricated all the bolts and later was able to remove all but two of them. One I plan to grind off and just replace with a stainless version. The other actually holds the plow share onto the shank and has a special plow bolt. Since it was one of the bolts still in great shape and securely tight, I'll just leave it in place.
It took me about a half hour to disassemble everything and another half hour to order the stainless replacement hardware. Unfortunately, our local mom and pop hardware store closed it's doors earlier this year when the owners retired and it was the only place guaranteed to have all the sizes required and that could be purchased by the piece. The nearest big box store might have some of the bolts but most definitely not all and require you to buy them in odd numbered packages at a high price. Option three for me is to go online to a fastener warehouse type place and buy all the items I need in one place and for a decent price but in quantities two or three times more than I need. It probably compares similarly to go to the next nearest mom and pop store which requires fuel and time and always has the risk of not having exactly what I need, especially one fairly long axle bolt in stainless. In the end, I chose the online fastener warehouse and the parts are being shipped right to my door. The extras will go in my spare bolt bins for a future undetermined project and while waiting for them to arrive, I can fashion new handles and clean/paint the steel pieces.