SOLOMON — When Chapman resident Ken Wood had farm equipment on his more than 500 acres of land destroyed by an EF-4 tornado on May 25, he never thought he’d be able to use any of it again.

He decided to donate the damaged equipment to Abilene Machine, 407 Old Highway 40, which sells new and used after-market tractors and combine parts and other farm equipment, and where he’d been a longtime customer.

“I’ve seen them take a lot of damaged equipment and parts that I thought were beyond repair and make it work again,” he said.

Among the damaged items were a combine, headers and a 1953 McCormick Super H Farmall tractor. The tractor had been purchased brand new by Wood’s father, Raymond Wood.

The tractor was rebuilt by recent Salina Area Technical College diesel technology graduate Andy Henry, who now works full time on his family farm in Nemaha County.

Henry said he had to take out the old parts, put in new parts, weld up old parts, overhaul the engine and more.