Howard Rotavator Update


| October/November 1999



28 Lymburner Road, S/Side, Gympie, QLD 4570, Australia

I am writing about the Howard Rotavator 'Gem' in your Gas Engine Magazine of February 1999, Volume 34, page 15.

I'll give the background of the Howard. Howard was named after Cliff Howard, born in Crockwell, NSW Australia the 4th of April, 1893. In 1914 Cliff and his brother, Albert, volunteered for the air force, but entry was postponed because of a motorcycle accident. Cliff later went to England in 1915 to work on munitions and aeroplane engines until the end of the war.

In 1919, Cliff came back home to Australia and in early 1920 he started his small rotary hoe venture. The prime mover for the wheat cultivating machine was a Halford lorry engine of 40 HP.

Encouraged by the way this machine performed, Cliff Howard imported a U.S.-built 60 HP Buda engine to power a 15 foot wide rotary hoe, made of five sets of rotavator gangs, each three feet wide.

The 60 HP machine plowed three and a half acres in an hour in 1922--there were about six of these tractors made.