Early Steam Tractor Design

A look at some of the oddest tractors

No. 1. Heathcoat started something with this little number in 1882, though Edgeworth as early as 1770 obtained a patent for a steam traction engine that picked up its tracks and carried them along. Hence, the Caterpillar idea for tractors is at least 183 years old in the patent offices of Great Britain and the U.S.
No. 1. Heathcoat started something with this little number in 1882, though Edgeworth as early as 1770 obtained a patent for a steam traction engine that picked up its tracks and carried them along. Hence, the Caterpillar idea for tractors is at least 183 years old in the patent offices of Great Britain and the U.S.
from the collection of F. Hal Higgins