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Antique Machinery
updated: Feb 17, 2013, 8:18 AM

By Edhat Subscriber

What was this machine?

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 COMMENT 375309P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-17 08:32 AM

A steam powered thresher or harvester for any of several crops? Looks like it would have attachments for tilling, too. The first machine after horses but before gas-powered locomotion.


 COMMENT 375312 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-17 08:35 AM

Old tractor for farming. Steam powered indeed.


 COMMENT 375332 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-17 09:00 AM

I think it was used for logging.... The drum and cable would be used to haul the logs to the landing


 COMMENT 375341 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-17 09:17 AM

The cable spool on the bottom of the tractor was interesting to me. So I did some research, and found that the cable was used to pull a plow across the field. This was due to the fact that these tractors were very heavy and could damage or get stuck in the field.

Very cool machine!


 COMMENT 375373P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-17 10:22 AM


See entry for 1910.

1910-15 - Big open-geared gas tractors came into use in areas of extensive farming
1910-19 - Average annual consumption of commercial fertilizer: 6,116,700 tons
1915-20 - Enclosed gears developed for tractor


 COMMENT 375423 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-17 12:52 PM

Drat! I was guessing: shoe repair.


 COMMENT 375428 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-17 01:03 PM

Steam-powered toothbrush. it was so big you parked it outside the loo with only the business end sticking through the window.


 COMMENT 375486 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-17 03:01 PM

This is a "Traction Engine". They were parked at the end of the field and then the agricultural implement (plough, harrow etc. Was pulled back and forth via the cable on the drum.




 COMMENT 375575P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-18 06:12 AM

Where in Santa Barbara was this taken?


 FLICKA agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-18 07:47 AM

Wonderful picture, thanks. Was it taken in Santa Barbara?


 COMMENT 375640 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-18 09:29 AM

Actually, it was used to make the first paved streets in Santa Barbara.


 COMMENT 375723 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-18 12:03 PM

640 from the condition of our streets I would say they are still using it!

But seriously, it is a steam driven tractor and in the first picture it has a deep cultivator attached to turn up the soil to a depth of 18 to 24 inches and a scraper to clear off stubble, weeds, chaffe, etc. There were likely several other attachments like a drag (to break up clods) a regular shallow row plow or furrow plow for planting, etc.


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