Featured Tractor of Butler County Show

Darrel W. Blair
May/June 1989
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This 1918 Avery 14-28 tractor was featured at the Butler County Antique Machinery Show in Oxford, Ohio last summer.

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5064 Fye Road Hamilton, Ohio 45013

I recently attended the Butler County Antique Machinery Show near Oxford, Ohio of which I am a member.

The featured tractor on the show pin and plaque was an Avery, 14-28, 1918 owned by Dale Miner of Fairfield, Ohio.

I noticed the tractor was restored to picture-perfect condition. I caught up to Mr. Miner and asked if I could take some pictures and do a story on it. And this is what he told me about it:

The Avery originally came from Finchville, Kentucky and after four owners Mr. Miner became the fifth owner.

When Mr. Miner went to pick up the tractor it was in sad condition. A few of the previous owners started to restore the tractor but gave up. The Avery was very run down. The canopy was completely gone, fenders missing, front wheels bent, rear wheels deeply pitted and the engine was rusted tight.

Mr. Miner tore right into it, full steam ahead. The sleeves were badly pitted so new ones were cast and machined. Having his own machine shop saved a lot of time and money. The crankshaft was badly pitted and was torn down thirty thousandths, all bearings were repoured and machined. The cam cover had a piece broken out of the side and had to be welded and milled. The radiator was a project of it own. Someone took an axe to it. Mr. Miner made new copper tubes for it and sheet metal became a lot of trial and error but ended as a fine job.

The canopy was completely gone except for the cast iron mount pieces. Mr. Miner had to contact a gentleman that has an Avery to get the needed measurements to reproduce it.

New fenders were made from a pattern of what was left of the fenders after an average of four hours a day and twelve hours on weekends of sanding, cleaning and painting.

A blue ribbon winner was the finish!

Mr. Miner also has a Case 65 HP steam engine and a half scale version which he made himself. He is a very talented man!

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