AN Excellent Book On TRACTORS -Full Of History And Pictures


| July/August 1976

  • Agricultural Tractor
    The Agricultural Tractor 1855-1950 tells you just about everything you might want to know about the development of the tractor.
  • Agricultural Tractor
    Courtesy of American Society of Agricultural Engineers, 2950 Niles Road, Saint Joseph, Michigan.
    American Society of Agricultural Engineers
  • Redmond's Steam Plow
    Redmond's Steam Plow [1868]. Weighed nearly 5000 pounds and was about 6 feet wide. Tender carried water tank of two barrel capacity upon which was mounted engineer's seat. Drive wheels fitted with protruding lugs automatically pushed through rim.
  • 1 cylinder engine
    1 cylinder engine. Original ignition was to start by blank cartridge and then depend on platinum tube which retained heat, to ignite next charge. Later a parlor match, ignited by the release of a spring, replaced the blank cartridge. Internal gear in driv
  • Case tractor
    9-18 HP, 4-cylinder vertical engine, mounted crosswise. First Case tractor with one-piece cast-iron frame; wheels pressed-steel construction; high tension magneto with impulse starter; gear driven fan; expanding shoe clutch inside flywheel; hand-operated
  • 30 HP Engine
    4 cylinder vertical 30 HP Engine Eight-foot drive wheels. Attachment on front of tractor is a self-guide device. The small wheel in front, which is attached by suitable rods to front axle drops into last furrow cut and keeps tractor in proper relation to
  • Best Steam Tractor
    C. L. Best Steam Tractor [vertical fire tube boiler], 1885. Space between firebox and outer shell formed the water leg and made place for mud to collect.

  • Agricultural Tractor
  • Agricultural Tractor
  • Redmond's Steam Plow
  • 1 cylinder engine
  • Case tractor
  • 30 HP Engine
  • Best Steam Tractor

The information was compiled by R. B. Gray and the book was first published by the U. S. Department of Agriculture. It is now published by the American Society of Agricultural Engineers.

The book is divided into two sections. The first section discusses mechanical farm power from its beginning until 1920. The second catalogs chronologically the development of both track and wheel type tractors through the year 1950.

Excellent photographs help make the book more than a listing of names and dates. Illustrations abound, and the information is further enhanced by charts showing comparative performances of various machines.

In addition to giving year-to-year information about tractors and tractor manufacturers the book stresses highlights and historical events which played major roles in the growth of the farm machinery industry.



The opening of the West after the Civil War, for instance, and the need to break open the prairie soil, stimulated manufacturing.

1917 Fordson



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