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"Monster Traction Engine" 1911


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Old 08-11-2015, 07:25:09 PM
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Hi team.

This article below was printed in an Australian newspaper in July 1911. Any ideas what the big boy was?

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High-power machinery is being used to develop the 16,000 acre Cudahy ranch in Lower California. The largest gasolene traction engine ever constructed has been bought, by General Manager Daly after a six weeks test. This machine, made in Los Angeles, is to be employed primarily for clearing land. It is propelled by eight-foot drive wheels and is rated at 90 horse power. The transmission gears give speeds of one, two and one-third and three and one-half miles.
In clearing brush the engine is equipped to meet varying conditions. The equipment used in the worst brush consists of four 15 foot railroad rails doubled and connected end to end and drawn behind the tractor by means of steel cables. The traction has a guard on the front and wades right into the small willows and mesquite, some of which are 20 feet high. It cuts a swath 60 feet wide and clears an acre in six minutes; ten acres an hour or 100 acres a day. In the lighter brush, besides drawing the four heavy steel rails, the engine pulls a series of rakes which are tripped automatically by ropes from the engine cab. In this way the machine clears, rakes and piles in windrows the brush with one operation. A match does the rest.
From the tests given Daly is satisfied it will clear and rake 60 to 80 acres a day, plough 35 acres a day, and can be used for many other purposes. It will pull three five-gang ploughs, as well as a heavy float for levelling.
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Default Re: "Monster Traction Engine" 1911

This group was apparently also using other large construction equipment. Found a 1911 article about using a massive Buckeye trencher to construct canals in Imperial Valley:

http://cdnc.ucr.edu/cgi-bin/cdnc?a=d...19110128.2.62#

The article lists Daly as working for C.M. Company and John Canady on the development.

I found another 1909 article which lists W.F. Holt as president of C-M Company and details developing 32,000 acres in imperial valley.

http://cdnc.ucr.edu/cgi-bin/cdnc?a=d&d=IVP19091120.2.7

Apparently Mr. Holt brought in the equipment personally by private train. Could the tractor in your 1911 Australian article be a Holt?

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Hi Frank,

thanks for your info.

I am no expert on early gas tractors. Were Holt building gas tractors with 8' diameter rear wheels in 1911?

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Holt did build early steam tractors and later Gas tractors with wheels, same layout generally as the Crawler with tiller wheel at the front.

As to years- need a holt / best expert, i thought the gas tractors where later than 1911 maybe someone will chime in.
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