PION-ERA 1969


| January/February 1970



Portable steam engines

Courtesy of R. F. Somerville, 12498 14th Avenue North, Haney, B. C, Canada. Line up or portable steam engines at Pion-era 1969.

R. F. Somerville

12498 14th Avenue North, Haney, B. C, Canada.

This July I went to the Pion-era in Saskatoon and on arrival at the Museum, I saw a line-up of old farm machinery which included a 1910 Holt self propelled 20 ft. combine and an Australian self propelled combine 8 ft. cut, made about 1930-40 under patent by Waterloo Mfg. Co. in Ontario. There were not many of these machines made. They had auger feed at the front, were mounted on three wheels. The rear one was the steering wheel, the right was an idler and the left was the driver.

There were also plows, old time horse rakes and mowers and 2 I. H. C. portable engines.

The best line-up was a 1910 traction Keystone well drilling outfit, a return flue Minneapolis steam tractor - very few of this type were built; next a 1910 single cylinder 15-30 Oilpull tractor; an 1896 center crank, left hand flywheel Case steam tractor; a Waterloo single cylinder steam tractor and last in line, an 1885 Waterous portable steam engine. It had a verticle boiler with water bath spark arrester, horizontal single cylinder engine, and is mounted on wooden wheels and still works.

The highlight of the line-up is the 1910 Hovland harvester. It is a combination of header which takes a 20 ft. cut, which has the conveyor canvasses driven by shaft drive from the front wheels of the tractor. The knife and reel are driven from the main 4 cylinder engine. There are two engines on the tractor. After the grain is cut it is chopped on the ground and is picked up by a raddle between the drive wheels of the tractor and the front of the thresher. The thresher is driven by a two cylinder engine on the tractor platform. The tractor is power steered by the main 4 cylinder engine. A spreader at the back spreads the straw.

The thresher can be unhooked from the tractor. The header can be taken off the front and the tractor used for hauling wagons or doing field work.