Operating Costs of a Traction Engine


| May/June 1962



Salina, Kansas

The 18hp was the most powerful coal burner furnished the Kansas City Branch House, until a 22Hp was shipped there late in December, 1902, and was on the sample floor during the Implement Dealer's Convention in January, 1903.

J. B. Duryea was about an average operator of threshing machinery. He threshed many bushels of wheat, moved buildings, graded roads, and cultivated wheat land with the old 18 compound. Mr. Duryea operated his own engine and when he traded it in 1908, for a 26 compound with semi-steel gearing, the fire-box was in good condition. That engine was sold with a new 32' Advance separator and was the first Advance engine operated by Henry Harbecke.

Mr. Duryea complained the old engine was a heavy coal burner and I had expected him to complain about the new 26 compound, but when he complained about an Advance weigher, one of the best values ever sold, I went to Rooks County.

Mr. Duryea was not threshing that day but told me, 'The farmers had accused him of short-weighting them from 4 to 6 bushels of wheat on a wagon-box load.' They were hauling and selling the grain from the machine.

Quote in part from the 1911 - 12 Advance Machinery catalog, 'Advance weighers are of the well-known Forscy the patent, which is without doubt, the simplest, most accurate and reliable weigher made. The weigher consists of a drum, divided into 2 compartments, suspended from the weighing beam, each having a capacity of one-half bushel. It is entirely automatic in its operation of filling, dumping, and registering.' Few devices or machines ever pleased their users more than Advance weighers.