Allis-Chalmers, History

Hometown AC Ads

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.  


Memories from the Allis-Chalmers Proving Grounds

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


Allis-Chalmers in 1922

ALLIS-CHALMERS MANUFACTURING COMPANY Of the various products associated with the name of Allis-Chalmers and upon which the reputation of that company has been built, several of the principal lines of machinery owe their early development to the companies which united to form that organization. In the year 1901 the Allis-Chalmers Company was organized through a consolidation of the… Continue reading Allis-Chalmers in 1922


Snap-Coupler Safety

At the 2013 Orange Spectacular Dave Buttjer and Jim Palmer Jr. gave a Snap-Coupler safety seminar. They covered the basics on how to use the hitch system on the WD/WD45 tractor, as well as some safety tips. The Snap-Coupler hitch was equipped on ten Allis-Chalmers tractors from the factory: B, CA, WD-45, D-10, D-12, D-14,… Continue reading Snap-Coupler Safety


1962 List Of Minnesota Allis-Chalmers Dealers

An AC enthusiast friend of mine sent this to me a while back. Hopefully this will be useful for Minnesota Allis-Chalmers enthusiasts. ADA: Helwig Impl. Co. AITKIN: Wold Impl. Co. ALBANY: Neis & Boethin Impl. Co. ALEXANDRIA: Harris Farm Supply, Inc. ALPHA: Garber Implements ARLINGTON: Spannaus Service BARNESVILLE: Johnson Impl. Co. BATTLE LAKE: Lykken Farm Supply… Continue reading 1962 List Of Minnesota Allis-Chalmers Dealers


Allis-Chalmers Farm Commando

In 1942-43 Allis-Chalmers Mfg Co. launched its Farm Commando program.  Two-day mechanical training courses were conducted by local A-C dealerships. The classes were meant to help farmers and mechanics learn the basics of caring for tractors, All-Crop combines, and implements. The classes were a war-effort plan to boost food production and help the Allies win the war.… Continue reading Allis-Chalmers Farm Commando