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Testimonials for Townsend Tractors

Townsend tractors generate positive feedback for Townsend Mfg. Co.

| March 2006

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Letters to Townsend Mfg. Co. in 1922 about Townsend tractors were good ones: "With respect to the tractor I bought from you last summer, I am glad to say that it is delivering the goods far beyond my expectations. With this 10-20 tractor I've been known to plow 300 acres, tandem disk and drill to wheat 150 acres, tandem disk and drill to oats 20 acres, and am now breaking prairie sod, pulling a four-disk plow and harrow. The motor works perfectly in this climate. Uses cheap fuel perfectly. … My grief has been little and my running expense very light."

Another letter praised the tractor and added, "One very important feature of the tractor is the easy access to the working parts, fuel line, clutch, valves, connecting rods, etc. Parts that sometimes need attention, and they can be readily gotten at, will not be neglected. … I consider the tractor good in the drawbar, and when it comes to belt work, it has all of them beat."

An early advertising proclaimed the Townsend was made just as strong as it looks. They additionally said it was pleasing to the eye - it certainly was different - and that it was of the most thoroughly tested construction on the market. "The same foundation which is the backbone of any machine, having been used in steam tractors since their origin and no one has ever heard of the boiler under a steam tractor giving out, due to the rack and strain a tractor frame is subjected to. A great many breakages and undue wear is due directly to the various parts getting out of alignment, due to weak frames."

They also said no fan was needed for the Townsend. They claimed a draft through the radiator was an improvement, as no power was wasted and the draft was increased as the load increased. This was one reason the Townsend was remarkably successful on low-grade fuels.

Another ad claimed the Townsend was not a steam engine, but just as reliable.


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