I have a little collection of Allis-Chalmers farm equipment brochures sitting on my bookshelf. So I thought that I would take an hour out of my day (literally) and scan just two of the dozen or so that I have. One is on the hay making equipment the company manufactured, and the other is about… Continue reading AC Farm Brochures
For those of you operating a Allis-Chalmers Roto-Baler, this manual will be very useful for setup and maintenance of your machine. This manual covers details of all machines prior to serial number 68402.
Who does not enjoy a tall glass of cold milk, a slice of handcrafted cheese, or fresh butter smeared over toast? These,among other dairy products, are well-known commodities made in Wisconsin. Despite California's clamor for recognition, Wisconsin is the original and will remain the dairy state! I have been to other parts of the U.S.… Continue reading Cheese in Dairyland
Allis-Chalmers introduced its "D" series tractors in 1957, starting with the D-14 and D-17. In 1959 the company added the D-10 and D-12 tractors to the line-up, essentially replacing the model "CA" and "B" tractors. The D-10 and D-12 were identical in size and horsepower (about 30 hp), the only difference was wheel spacing. The… Continue reading The III Series of the D10 & D12
As a follow-up to my previous post, I found this picture of my Grandpa, Kenneth Frederick, milking cows. This picture was taken for a story published in a dairy booklet in Dodge County, Wisconsin.
Dairy farming has been a long tradition in my family ever since the Fredericks came to America in the 1870s (my brother and I are the first on our branch to break tradition). It is extraordinary to think how much farm mechanization has changed in 140 plus years my family has been in this country. Our… Continue reading History in the Barn
If you have visited the Unofficial Allis-Chalmers Forum you know people post a lot of good content on there. A thread I have been following this past year and a half is a 782 Forage Harvester restoration that a guy has been working on. Micheal has been restoring his chopper for that last 4 years.… Continue reading Allis-Chalmers 782 Chopper Restoration
For those of you who own an Allis-Chalmers All-Crop Harvester, here is a small booklet that will help you operate your machine (click the picture below to open the PDF). Happy Harvest!
Scanning through old newspapers can be a great source of local AC history. I found these local dealership ads in our area newspapers. Check your local library for newspaper microfilms. You can also access some newspapers on Google Newspaper Archive or Newspaper Archive. Addition sources may be available through local historical societies, universities, and libraries.
Allis-Chalmers tractors and implement prototype units were designed, built, and then tested at the company proving grounds. The units were put through hell at the proving grounds; scenarios that the machine would hardly experience on the farm. Test tractors were abused around the clock for quality assurance. Engineers conducted field tests on grounds or on… Continue reading Memories from the Allis-Chalmers Proving Grounds