Steam Tractors

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Went to the Ohio Valley Antique Machinery Show over the weekend and shot some photos of these beautiful steam tractors:

1. Case's 1923 model

A larger image of this one can be seen here.

"J I Case Threshing Machine Co. Racine Wis. U.S.A."

2. These engines burn wood, straw, or coal; and sawdust if they want to provide a spark show for spectators.

3. The tractors were used for oats threshing, an important crop for feeding the horses that did a lot of hard work on the farm.

A little while ago I purchased an old flue scraper and at the show I got to see how it was used. The front of the tractor is opened, revealing the flues:

This tractor has 54 flues that are cleaned after each day's use:

The flue scraper is attached to a pole approx. ten feet long:


A photo of the flue cleaner that was included on the "What is it?" site a few months ago:

A couple more photos of this tool can be seen here.


  • Very Cool! I like old tractors especially steam ones! Keep on postin!

    By Blogger AntiqueTractorAndy, at 6:05 PM  

  • Hi, I am Rajiv from India. I have found a very old broken down (beautiful) machine which has a great resembelance to the pictures you have posted here. If I send some pictures to you, would you be able to help me in identifying it? I am full of questions about it...

    I am in the process of organising the restoration of a 17th century fort and am interested in restoring this engine too and have it placed inside the fort.

    can you kindly help me?

    By Blogger Rajiv, at 5:06 AM  

  • Love these,
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    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:57 PM  

  • Those Steam Tractors are very cool. I like them a lot

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