10 Questions About Farm Equipment for C.H. Wendel

C.H. Wendel answers readers' questions about antique tractors and other farm equipment.

| August 2008

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This spring we invited Farm Collector readers to submit their questions for author/historian C.H. Wendel. Here are the 10 most intriguing, complete with answers from Wendel:

Q: Back in the day, farmers hooked two tractors in tandem for more horsepower. How did they shift the transmission on the back tandem tractor? I figured the brakes and clutches were linked by a connecting rod. The shifting looked tricky.

Don Baker, Waseca, Minn.

A: Actually, many of the homebrewed tractors used a rope-and-pulley arrangement to operate the clutch on the second unit. By locking both clutches out, the operator walked to the back unit and put it in gear, then got on the seat, put that one in gear and drove away.

Q: What is the history of the American Seeding Co., Richmond, Ind.?

Bill Manson, Stoughton, Wis.