Aultman-Taylor Experience


| March/April 1996



PO Box 863 Farmerville, Louisiana 71241

We finally got into the BIG tractors for replacement of the old reliable steam power. In the late '20s and early '30s, townships often purchased tractors such as the Aultman-Taylor to be used in grading the roads. This old four-cylinder lay down gas powered engine with a slow rpm was John D. Rockefeller's friend, for efficiency definitely was not part of the program but it did have ample belt horsepower for the replacement of the older source, the steam engine. There were other reasons why this old iron horse was one of the brands selected for replacement of steam engines.

The challenger unit of steam had to be of similar horsepower, handling characteristics and traction ability to tow the separator from a threshing site to the next job of threshing, and it had to appeal to the owner or operator. The handling characteristics, steering for example, was by means of log chains as connecting links on the steering worm powered by a human being. Progress, yes, our pioneers were in some kind of hurry the internal combustion engine was here!

The agricultural world was open for new events, names, and progress was determined to force itself upon the horizon. Progress was the method the generation demanded.

For example, the original tractor provided a power train with two speeds: one forward and one reverse at a speed of travel of 1 miles per hour. Don't criticize. The steam engine did no better. But man being the impatient individual he is, devised an improvement in the travel speed by engineering a replacement gear change, which stepped the forward speed up to three miles an hour. Wonder what Ray Huron, winner of the first Indy Race, would have to say about that!

Well as you may realize, when we were faced with procuring another rig for an up-coming large run of wheat and oats in our home area, we jumped at the opportunity and accepted the verbal contract. Now off to find a suitable thresher and power unit.