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Old 11-17-2007, 11:01:50 AM
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Default Re: Steam Plows and Plowing!

Yes, Ben that was fun pulling the 10 bottom JD at LaGrange, IN this past August. My niece Marissa was along for the ride. Rol is breaking her in on the 20 Nichols & Shepard (the double is easier for her to handle).

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Old 11-17-2007, 12:35:44 PM
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does any one know about how meny plows are left ? i have seen some 4 ,6 , 8 and a 10 and hearde of a some 12 bottoms i think it would be neat to have a idea fo a # left[/QUOTE]

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We have a JD 8 bottom that we pulled out of the berry vines earlier this year. All we have done is put a deck on it.

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Old 11-17-2007, 07:39:34 PM
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Default Re: Steam Plows and Plowing!

Some early plowing photos
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Old 11-17-2007, 08:23:21 PM
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So what the most bottom plow a steam engine could pull? 14 - 20?
I know it depends on the size of the engine. So lets say. largest steam engine. Thanks for the great pics everybody. I love seeing those old pics on postcards!Especially of steam!
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Old 11-17-2007, 08:25:01 PM
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A couple more plowing photos
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Old 11-18-2007, 08:22:52 AM
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Default Re: Steam Plows and Plowing!

and this one just showed up on that site. Postmarked 1915 out of Malta, Montana.
This is certainly a kewl thread!

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Old 11-18-2007, 01:05:44 PM
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Gary, Here are a couple for you!

Both Pictures are plowing sod. The first one has an interesting water tank on it. The second one looks like a nice new outfit with a 12? Bottom plow. Would that be a Reeves plow as well?

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Old 11-18-2007, 01:06:47 PM
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I have not seen many postcard which feature a Northwest Traction engine So I included one here. The second card is a nice big Minneapolis. I’m guessing that that is the owner in the car.

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Old 11-18-2007, 01:07:49 PM
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This would be a 75 or 80 CASE with extensions? They must have cut the left side bunker off but I’ll be darned if I know why! Also a new Advance. Notice the Barbed wire in the bottom right of the photo

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Old 11-18-2007, 01:10:05 PM
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This is not a very good shot but it shows an Avery plowing and using straw for fuel. It would be fun to do this..... ONCE!!

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Gary, Here are a couple for you!

Both Pictures are plowing sod. The first one has an interesting water tank on it. The second one looks like a nice new outfit with a 12? Bottom plow. Would that be a Reeves plow as well?

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Hi Dean,
That 32hp Canadian cc has a homemade bunker or tank of some sort on it. It is pulling a Reeves steam lift plow is the second US 32. Thanks for sending them along, Dean!
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Old 11-18-2007, 01:45:08 PM
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This is not a very good shot but it shows an Avery plowing and using straw for fuel. It would be fun to do this..... ONCE!!

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You've posted some great photos, Dean. That is ONE EARLY 30 undermounted Avery. I notice the flat top dome and the piped throttle into the cab, but I also noticed a lack of a bulldog and teeth talk on the smokebox. Keep posting friend.
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Old 11-18-2007, 02:27:25 PM
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Onkel G,
I'm getting more into the newer and less into the older photos. This first picture was taken in 1958 at the Tyler farm at Moore, Montana, where I skipped school to watch this 30 Minneapolis double engine and their 32 cc CS plowing.



This second picture is of a 30hp Minneapolis and 32 Reeves plowing near Denton, Montana.



This picture was taken in the early 1990s at Belgrade, showing the 40 Peerless pulling the 20 bottom plow and being followed by the 22hp Minneapolis pulling an 8 bottom Avery power lift plow.



This last picture just keeps coming around. Son Mike is on the 16hp Nichols & Shepard, "pulling" the 20 bottom John Deere plow. This is a Kevin Small photo, I think?
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Old 11-18-2007, 06:45:11 PM
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Default Re: Steam Plows and Plowing!

This first picture is another from Doug McDougall, showing a 25hp Reeves ds pulling a Reeves steam lift plow in eastern Montana. It appears to sport a carbide headlight of some sort as well.



This is another of Doug's pictures taken on a Russian settlement near Scobey and they are pulling their steam lift plow with a Reeves 32cc.



This is a picture showing the rather rare Reeves lever lift plow behind this 25hp Reeves engine.



This last picture is of the Swager Brothers pulling disk plows near Denton, Montana with a 25cc CS Reeves.
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Here's a plowing system Dad and I Saw at the Great Dorset Steam Fair in 2006.

An early machine from the 1800's. The Stationary powered the winch machine. Cable is run down the field, across the bottom and then back up the other side of the field to the plow. The Corner tackles would be held by block and tackle and as you plowed your passes across the field you would keep repositioning the corner tackles until you were all the way across to the corner where the engine and winch were.

Very Interesting setup and I was very impressed to see some thing like this in operation but I thought to myself that it was problably easier and cheaper to just use horses.

Not all of the inventions back then were successful and I always love to see these odd balls machines and early tractors at the shows. Facinating Failures Are Fabulous! If I want to see a JD tractor I just go to farm next door to west and if I wanna see an International I go to farm next door to the East. But To see Fowlers Cable plowing a travel Half way around the globe
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Old 11-18-2007, 09:25:34 PM
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Default Fowlers Plowing @ Great Dorset Steam Fair

Here's A Folwer Plowing Engine
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There was some talk earlier of straw burning engines and Gary had that neat picture of the Avery set up for straw. Here is a picture of a 22hp Waterous pulling nine, 12 inch disc plows. This rig was owned by WJ Fisher near Saskatoon. That straw stack on the back of the ol' double-simple sure doesn't do much for her looks. I always thought it would be fun to do some threshing, burning straw and there is a pretty good thread on here somewhere dealing with that. But plowing with straw for fuel? Well? I don't know about that. Looks like it could be a real pain in the ?
The other picture, while not too clear is of a 26 Waterous 7x12 DS owned by Wm. Carther and plowing near Carman, Manitoba. Mr. Carther is burning Alberta pea and Hocking Valley coal. He writes, have been breaking wild prairie for 2 seasons, pulling three, 3 gang plows, a mix of Avery and Cockshutt. He used 120-130 lbs coal/acre, plowing around 25 acres a day.
Both pictures are from the 1906 season
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I received this photo of my grandfather's 25-85 N&S plowing at Andover in 2000...or maybe it was 1999, either way, from Byran Donaldson. Thanks Bryan, I'm looking forward to receiving others that you promised to send me.

Once again, Mark Smith is steering, I'm running the controls and firing, and my grandfather, Leo P. Huston, is manning the injectors. If memory serves, the ol' Nick had plenty of power, but did loose her footing from time to time. I would love to have the 28" wide drivers that one could have ordered with these mighty engines. I'm sure that extra 4" foot print can really help out during a difficult pull! I have seen the one up at Dalton, Minnesota...and man that ol' girl looks pretty cool with the added footprint and triple row spoked wheel.

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Here is a picture I posted a year or 2 back on another thread. But it is kinda neat and a rare view.
Not sure where it was taken, it is from a 1907 Canadian Thresherman magazine.
It shows a Huber pulling a 10 bottom Lowell steam lift plow. I think we determined in that earlier post that Lowell was out of Des Moines, Iowa and built plows c1905-10. They would built any # of furrows. I think maybe Gary had more info on them?
At any rate, it is one heck of a plow and built like a bloody battleship! Big heavy beams and lift cylinders! Any further info on them would be appreciated.
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Whoa Looks Expensive! Bet they didn't sell too many of them.
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