Clint Russell's hand-built half-scale tractors dead ringers for the real thing.
Although Clint Russell (right) has sold most of his half-scale fleet in recent years, he built the tractors just for fun. “Everything I ever built, I built for me,” Clint says. “I didn’t want it to be a job.” Eight of his half-scale reproductions are now part of a display owned by Bill Eckhoff (left) at the Florida Flywheelers show grounds.
Clint’s 12th and most recent creation is a Massey-Harris 101. “When I heard Massey was going to be the feature at the 2007 Florida Flywheelers show, I made immediate preparations to build the 101,” Clint says. “For years I had considered it, but the sculptured frame and sheet metal deterred me. I hadn’t figured out how to do it.”
Clint’s John Deere Spoker D (left) features an engine and transmission from a combine, an idea he borrowed in part from another hobbyist. His Deere-related Dain (right), like the original, has no differential. The full-size tractor used self-reversing ratchets on the front drive sprockets. To go in reverse, the rear wheel would roll back enough to trip the ratchets. “I couldn’t duplicate that, so I used a transaxle,” Clint says.
This Waterloo Boy tractor, built in half-scale by Clint, is a work of art.