Reviving the Power Of Old Tractors
By Tom Seest
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At the turn of the twentieth century, hundreds of firms were competing with one another to produce and market farm tractors. Unfortunately, during the 1920-21 and 1930-32 agricultural depressions, most small companies either merged or went out of business, leaving seven dominant companies producing most wheel tractors sold throughout America between 1930-1955.
Mechwart was born in Schweinfurt, Bavaria, and became an apprentice locksmith before being awarded a scholarship by his city council to study mechanical engineering at Polytechnic (now the University of Augsburg). From 1855-1859, he worked with an engineering company in Nuremberg before joining Abraham Ganz’s factory in Pest, where he made numerous technical innovations while becoming factory manager.
Ganz’s plant was an innovative industrial facility. Among other products, it manufactured cylinder mills; during the 19th century, this production helped establish Hungary as one of Europe’s leading milling machinery producers. When Ganz passed away in 1867, his death dealt a severe blow to his company, yet they quickly found an exceptional replacement in Andras Mechwart, who became their next most influential employee.
Mechwart was not only a brilliant inventor but an exceptional businessman as well. With his knowledge of economics, he was able to establish more profitable factories. He introduced a special process for surfacing rolling stock as well as several technological advances; additionally, he designed a wood-biter that cut four times more timber than traditional hand tools while simultaneously increasing forward speed by eliminating friction between wheels and tracks.
The McCormick auto-mower was an innovative farm machine during the 1800s. With its innovative design, this mower could cut grass and hay quickly using mechanical power and a simple lever system to operate its blades. These mowers were particularly popular among farmers in the Midwest who had lots of grass to cut each week; they could also be useful when around livestock as trim bushes to keep pastures clear of weeds.
Cyrus McCormick revolutionized agriculture in America when he invented and patented his reaper in 1834. Moving his business from rural Virginia to Chicago so they could fulfill orders, McCormick eventually expanded further until merging with Deering Harvester in 1902 to form International Harvester; its agricultural division was sold off later to Tenneco, parent company of Case Corporation, where they produced tractor, agricultural equipment, and construction equipment known today as Case IH.
At the turn of the 20th century, mass-production tractors still existed. Many were manufactured in Geauga County, Ohio, such as Brockway and Cletrac tractors made by Cleveland Tractor & Leader, which were made in Euclid, Cleveland, or other cities. Most single-use tractors had begun appearing by then; multi-purpose ones had only recently emerged.
IH launched its 86 series tractors 1976 with an all-new cab and technological innovations such as air conditioning and heating systems, a computer monitoring system (Sentry), and a three-pump hydraulic system called “Power Priority.” These features helped streamline operation while simplifying maintenance; additionally, they eliminated the need for separate rear hitches.
This motor plow variety was distinguished by its ability to form distinct furrows (trenches) across fields while also requiring significant physical effort from its operator. As a result, this machine was most commonly employed on Shetland and some western crofts, which did not warrant using animals, second breaking grounds, potato planting, second break ground operations, and second breaking at speeds up to 31 miles per hour.
The pointed front portion 31 and cutting edge 311 of the plow point help increase soil penetration, enabling its body 1 to reach its operative position more rapidly in any given soil, thus guaranteeing an even working depth – an essential characteristic for successful plowing.
A socket 34 on the plow point and an attachment pin 41 on the wearing-part holder provide a quick-release coupling device QC designed for rapid replacement of worn plow points 3. Furthermore, this wearing-part holder features a transverse elevation 33 to protect the shared surface 32 against wear.
This plow was driven by a traction engine. Traction engines were widely used in farming and engineering until the advent of internal combustion engines, which involved boiling water to make steam, which expanded in a cylinder to drive a moveable piston and convert linear motion to rotary by flywheels. Once connected to an internal combustion engine, its piston drove an internal crankshaft, which in turn powered gears in tractor axles to power high-speed plowing capabilities at great distances – but were often less efficient or even dangerous than their horse counterparts!
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