The Rise of Adriance, Platt & Co.

Adriance, Platt & Co. is a lesser-known farm machinery maker with ties to Minneapolis-Moline.

A Buckeye mower on the road with the cutter bar folded. A drawing of a mower speeding down a dirt road behind two spirited horses was a popular catalog illustration of the era. However, if one cast iron mower wheel hit a rock in the road, it was “goodbye wheel” and the end of mowing until the wheel was repaired or replaced.
Illustration courtesy Sam Moore