AS I SAW IT XX


| July/August 1974



Minneapolis

Courtesy of Holland Maxwell, Route 4, Huntington, Indiana 46750

Holland Maxwell

Route 4, Huntington, Indiana 46750

Succcessful Old Tractors -- Aultman Taylor Co. of Mansfield, Ohio, another old steam engine company, got into the tractor business in 1910, starting with the 30-60. A high-wheeled job with a 4 cyl. Horiz. cross mounted engine, 7'/9' at 500 RPM. It had high tension mag. Mech. Lubrication and compressed air starter. They used at first a square radiator with a round stack with induced exhaust draft. In 1916 they changed and used the round tubular cooling tank which was 42' diameter, 36' long and had 196 two inch tubes and two 24' fans. No fenders before 1913. They had a speed of 2.2 MPH and weighed 23,000#. Aside from the cooling tank there was very little change from 1910 to 1924. They were underrated in power. In 1920, Nebraska tests showed a 30-60 developed 80.1 HP on the belt and 58.05 HP on the drawbar, using gasoline, though they could use kerosene also. Considering their power, Aultman Taylor was considered very economical on fuel. They were famous for pulling road grading machinery of all kinds. About every county in Illinois and Iowa had one or more in use for that purpose. In 1923 A&T had 123 tractors on road work in the state of Minnesota. Having been in the steam engine and separator business, they already had a good business organization, and branch houses in the main cities in the West and Northwest.

The Montana Farming Corp., composed of Eastern Capitol farmed in a big way, under the management of Tom Campbell near Hardin, Montana in the 1920's. This was land leased from the Crow Indian Reservation and was about 30,000 acres, more or less. At the start, part was grazing land and about 10,000 was dry land wheat land. They later expanded up to around 30,000 acres of small grains.

Tom Campbell was an energetic up and coming operator. He used nearly thirty A&T tractors, all 30-60's.

None of the implement companies could make implements big enough or strong enough to suit him, so he made much of his own. This could be a story in itself. In or around 1923, he established some sort of a threshing record. In fourteen hours they threshed 4712 bushels of wheat with a 42' case separator using a 30-60 A&T tractor. It took about fifteen bundle wagons and a small army of men to do this. I have read that a Case steam engine was the power that day, but I have seen several pictures of an A&T tractor being used.

As to how popular Aultman Taylor was, and still is, just look at the number around at our shows today. And they are selling for more money today than when they were new. As near as I can find out there were about 4600 30-60's made, and I know of at least fifty left today, and maybe more.