Early Steam Tractor Design

A look at some of the oddest tractors

No. 8. Ever see a tractor wearing snow shoes? Well, here is Boydell’s “Girdle Wheel” style tractor as built for the West Indies cane fields in 1857 by Tuxford of England. Boydell was the Canadian inventor, who took his idea to England where the British army tried it out in the Crimean War against Russia. Many were built and sent all over the world for heavy freighting over rough terrain. The U.S. got a few for logging in Maine, it is said.
No. 8. Ever see a tractor wearing snow shoes? Well, here is Boydell’s “Girdle Wheel” style tractor as built for the West Indies cane fields in 1857 by Tuxford of England. Boydell was the Canadian inventor, who took his idea to England where the British army tried it out in the Crimean War against Russia. Many were built and sent all over the world for heavy freighting over rough terrain. The U.S. got a few for logging in Maine, it is said.
from the collection of F. Hal Higgins