Monday, January 5, 2015

Farm Tractor Classics

Food Production holds first place in the industries of the United States. Now more than ever before, extensive and intensive farming is of vital importance to the preservation of those principles upon which our nation is built — to which our resources and our lives are pledged. Heretofore, man-power has been depended upon in the agricultural field. Today, that manpower is being diverted to the grim fields of war. The activities of the farm must be assumed by other power.

In this crisis, one means stands head and shoulders above all others. It is represented by the farm tractor, which through concentration of endeavor has but lately come into its own.

So important is the Farm Tractor that it has been included by the United States Priority Board in the division next to arms, ammunition, food and supplies as war-winning instruments. During the past four years, there has been developed in the City of Columbus, a farm tractor built upon a more simple, scientific, and practical principle than any other now on the market.

This engineering principle materially broadens the scope and usefulness of the farm tractor and makes the farmer boy tractor a leader in efficiency, adaptability and economy. The demand for such a tractor as the Farmer Boy is unlimited.

The farm tractor industry offers unusual and unlimited
possibilities commercially and financially for prestige and profit. But, not until the present time have we been able to present to investors a safe, reliable Farm Tractor Stock, backed by adequate, tangible assets, a product of unquestioned merit and men whose business integrity and sagacity are guarantees of good faith and fixed purpose.

The Columbus Tractor Factory, which is now manufacturing the Farmer Boy tractor, is such an enterprise.

Press coverage of advances in farm tractor technology is the subject of the next blurb from that same year.

The big thing of the day was the farm tractor demonstration under the direction of Mr. Brown of the State Food commission, this demonstration being put on by the farm bureau in co-operation with the State Food commission, the Dairymen's league, the granges of the county, etc. Fourteen different makes of tractors were shown and the operation of each was demonstrated.

In an interview with the owner of the Maxim Munitions corporation of New York, one of whose tractors was shown in the demonstration much information was evolved relative to farm tractors in their relation to the war and farm work.

"The tractor is bearing a big share of the war burden, principally because it is one of the means to enable the farmer to produce a larger amount of crops and reduce the number of men necessary to operate a farm, thereby relieving more men for war purposes, and, consequently the interest that is being taken in the farm tractor by this government, foreign governments and the different States is readily understood.

Investigations and experiments have demonstrated that the tractor is the most practical, economical and efficient labor-saving machine devised, and the value of the work being done by this New York State Food commission relative to the tractor along educational lines for food production and farm efficiency can not be estimated.

"Farm tractors are now built suitable for any sized farm. In cases where the acreage of a farm is considered small for a tractor for plowing, the other work a farm tractor can perform makes it profitable even to the small farmer, and in many communities several farmers are consolidating and purchasing farm tractors and tractor farm implements under a partnership arrangement, and in this way the implements rapidly pay for themselves.

"The similarity of mechanical construction of the new farm tractor and an automobile makes the farmer independent on the matter of repairs and the amount of money invested in a tractor makes him careful to see that it is housed with suitable shelter when not in operation on the farm.

"At the time our engineers were designing the new tractor we took into consideration the farmer's knowledge of the mechanical construction of an automobile and designed the farm tractor as close to automobile lines as was practical in farm work, and the tractor as a finished product is operated identically as an automobile.

Many Uses for Tractors

The tractor on the farm does all the work an engine or horses can do. It plows, harrows, plants, reaps, runs saw, operates pumps, cuts ensilage, drags logs and timber, pulls road machinery and other things too numerous to mention,and the advantage of a farm tractor is that everything it does is done faster, better and cheaper than was possible before.

Our new tractor has been in course of development for over three years, and is the result of a series of tests of a number of the most up to date tractors of different types and sizes. The Maxim worm drive farm tractor, as it is purchased today, is the outcome of the tests and experiments made and is considered the simplest and most serviceable three-bottom farm tractor that has ever been produced.

1 comment:

  1. This is really interesting. I had no idea about the origins and history of farm tractors. You learn something new everyday! Tractors have really changed the farming industry. I would like to get one when I own land in the future.