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

Allis-Chalmers, Projects

The Allis-Chalmers History Museum

I recently graduated from UW-Oshkosh with a degree in history, but landing a career in history right out of undergrad school is not easy. I am looking at pursuing a master's degree in public history in the near future. UW-Milwaukee has a public history program that I am very interested in, and that is the… Continue reading The Allis-Chalmers History Museum


The Forgotten Allis-Chalmers Lift Latch

In an earlier blog post I explored the history of the Snap-Coupler hitching mechanism equipped on Allis-Chalmers tractors. While conducting that research I discovered that two Allis-Chalmers engineers designed implement latching systems for tractors. The chief engineer at the La Crosse Works, Willard Tanke, submitted the design trademarked Snap-Coupler. However, another design was patented but… Continue reading The Forgotten Allis-Chalmers Lift Latch


Allis-Chalmers Patent Archive

-New Page - I am starting a BIG project that involves researching, sorting, and cataloging Allis-Chalmers patents. Most of these documents are already online, but it takes some intense searching to find them. It is not as easy as typing in "Roto-Baler" and having all of those patents appear. There are a lot of great… Continue reading Allis-Chalmers Patent Archive


Roto-Baler Serial Numbers & Production

For those of you who own a Roto-Baler, do you want to know what year your machine was made? First off you need to find the location of the serial number on your baler. If you have a manual for the machine it tells you where to find the number. For those of you who… Continue reading Roto-Baler Serial Numbers & Production