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April 2012 Archive for Your Favorite Tractor

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Tractor Trendsetters: Allis-Chalmers B

Apr 06, 2012

Written by Larry Gay

By the early 1930s, all the major tractor companies were manufacturing row-crop tractors. These were usually 2- or 3-plow tractors which were designed to cultivate two or four rows. The year 1937 presented an improving farm economy after the Great Depression and the majority of new row-crop tractors were being ordered with the more expensive rubber tires. At the same time, many farmers were converting their old steel-wheeled tractors to rubber tires. However, the small farmer could not justify buying a 2- or 3-plow row crop tractor, even if it was equipped with the lower-cost steel wheels.
Harry Merritt, the general manager of the Allis-Chalmers Tractor Division, decided there was a large market for a row-crop tractor that could replace the horses being used on small farms. The popular Allis-Chalmers WC tractor, a 2-plow, 2-row cultivating tractor, was the ideal size for most family farms, but was too large for the smaller farms. Therefore, Allis-Chalmers introduced the Model B, a 1-plow, 1-row cultivating tractor, for the 1938 model year. The Model B featured a single tubular frame member between the engine and transmission which provided good visibility for the operator while cultivating a single row of crop.
The Allis-Chalmers B tractor was powered by a 4-cylinder, 116-cubic-inch Allis-Chalmers engine which was connected to a 3-speed transmission. It produced 15.6 belt horsepower at its first Nebraska test. The B was the first Allis-Chalmers tractor to be styled with a curved grill and a rounded fuel tank. The operator’s station included a wide cushioned seat which enabled the operator to sit slightly to one side when cultivating. The hand-operated turning brakes were replaced by foot pedals in 1941. Rubber tires and a gasoline engine were standard equipment. Optional equipment included a distillate engine and a combination PTO and rear-mounted belt pulley.
Allis-Chalmers provided a wide variety of implements for the Model B which made it a versatile performer. One of the more unique implements was the 40 All-Crop combine. This PTO-driven combine with a straight-through design had a 40-inch cutterbar, a 36-inch wide cylinder, and a gigantic 11-bushel grain bin.
Larry Gay is the author of four tractor books published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, including Farm Tractors 1975-1995 and Farm Tractors 1995-2005. These books may be obtained from ASABE at 800-695-2723 or, click publications and then click book catalog.

Massey Ferguson 98

Apr 03, 2012

Cover tractor of the month Fastline Texas edition.

Owned by Mark Ellenbarger, Poolville, Texas.
Massey Ferguson 98

1959 John Deere 630

Apr 02, 2012

Cover tractor of the month Fastline Nebraska edition.

Owned by Tom and Sandy Frauendorfer. Restored by Northland Custom and Classics. Both of Humphrey, Neb.
This tractor was purchased used in 1975 with Frauendorfer began farming. It was completely restored in January 2010.
1959 John Deere 630 Nebraska


A Green Allis Chalmers

Apr 01, 2012

This 1926 Allis-Chalmers 20-35 Special tractor was featured for the month of April in the Classic Farm Tractor Calendar.

That’s right folks. An early A-C was green as seen, not Persian Orange.
In early 1929, A-C began using its signature orange paint when it introduced the Model U. What made this one a Special? It produced 10 hp more than a regular version, came with a Fulton exhaust whistle, and a smart-looking canopy. The 20-35 has a bore and stroke of 4.75x6.5” and is rated at 930 rpm. (The 20-35 suggest drawbar and belt hp equal to those numbers.) Nebraska tests revealed max brake hp of 44.29. Rear wheels are 50” tall, fronts are 36”.
This tractor weighed 7,095 lb. Its two forward speeds 2.5 and 3.3 mph. Reverse, 3.25 mph. This finely-restored Allis grabs loads of admiration at tractor shows wherever it goes.
1926 Allis Chalmers 20 35 Special
Owner: Arland Lepper
Hubbard, Iowa
Arland has farmed with Allis-Chalmers tractors and equipment, and is an expert on A-C combines, having a combine museum (along with his friend LaVern Maisel), of numerous Allis models. This tractor was bought new by Kansas F.J. Pracher from $1,897 with a trade-in of $495 for a used Avery 25-50.
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