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Ideas from a trip to the Missouri Steam Show

Today I went to the Missouri River Valley Steam Association Fall Show and had a real nice time. It's held each year on the weekend after Labor Day. It's a great day trip for anybody who enjoys machinery and history. There are lots of pictures below.

Besides steam engines, there is a huge showing of antique tractors. Being in the business of selling weeding tools, like our Hoss wheel hoes, I got to noticing the special tractors that were built for weeding and cultivating row crops. Back before herbicides, these machines were busy all season keeping the weeds under control. Most put the weeding attachments in front of the driver, which makes it much easier to steer and control the machinery. And some moved the driver's seat off to one side so that the engine doesn't block the view. It seems that modern tractor companies are missing out by not making this type of tractor for today's organic farmers...

Thanks for reading!       by Greg Baka

Missouri Steam Engine Show

 

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Allis-Chalmers G with rear engine & belly mounted tools

Allis-Chalmers G: rear engine & belly mounted tools for superb control.

 

Allis G with belly disc for hilling potatoes

Allis G with belly disc: perhaps for hilling potatoes?

 

 

Very low slung Allis: Not sure of the purpose

Very low slung Allis: Not sure of the purpose. Tell us if you know!

 

IH tractor with both engine and seat offset for better visibility

International Harvester with both engine and seat offset for good visibility.

 

 

Oliver crawler could straddle long raised beds

Oliver crawler: imagine this straddling long raised beds.

 

Rare front mounted cultivators on the Oliver crawler tractor

Front mounted cultivators on the Oliver. The only front mounted arrangement I saw.

 

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Advance-Rumley steam engine

Advance-Rumley steam engine

 

Close-up of an Advance-Rumley steam engine

Close-up of the Advance-Rumley

 

 

Baker steam engine powering a thresher

Baker steam engine running a thresher

 

Harrison Jumbo steam engine

A well-named Harrison "Jumbo"

 

 

Case steam engine driving around

Case steam engine

 

Smaller steam engine by Reeves

A small Reeves steam engine

 

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Three true garden tractors by Wheel Horse

True "garden tractors" from Wheel Horse

 

Wheel Horse garden tractor with a plow

Wheel Horse with single bottom plow

 

Sickle mower mounted to Wheel Horse tractor

Wheel Horse with a sickle mower

 

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