Tracing the Hackney Auto-Plow, an early mechanized plow that performed multiple farm tasks
One of the selling points of the Hackney Auto-Plow was that it was a "one-man outfit," which was important in the days when farm labor was much needed.
The Hackney was a beautifully colored machine, as shown by this illustration. Note the angled steering wheel; some illustrations show it, some don't. Perhaps the steering wheel could be tilted when drivers exchanged seats (and direction of the vehicle)
This 1913 Hackney, shown at Tulare, Calif., in 1999, is owned by the Tulare County Museum.
The Hackney also came with a grader attachment, as shown here.
A Hackney Auto-Plow being demonstrated, probably in North Dakota, circa 1914. Notice that the guard around the sprocket and chain (just below and to the right of the driver's right leg), and the fender around the large wheel, have been removed. Ads usually show these protectors; photos of actual use in fields usually show these guards removed.
This Nevada Auto-Plows bears an eerie resemblance to the Hackney Auto-Plow.
The Hackney wasn't just for plowing: This one is pulling a grain binder. Note that this Auto-Plow is going the "wrong" direction, with the large wheels in back, and the small, single wheel in front, opposite of all other available photos.