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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

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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

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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

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Directors of the Allis-Chalmers Co. 1901

The Official Staff of the Allis-Chalmers Company. The following is a completed list of the directors and officers of the Allis-Chalmers Company, whose head office is in the Home Insurance building, Chicago: Directors—William W. Allis. chairman, Milwaukee: W. J. Chalmers, Chicago: Elbert H. Gary, William A. Read and Cornelius Vanderbilt, New York, for three years; Charles Allis,… Continue reading Directors of the Allis-Chalmers Co. 1901

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Snap-Coupler Hitch System

In the 1940s and 1950s farm equipment manufacturers began designing brand specific hitching systems that allowed implements to be mounted directly to the tractor for transporting.  Allis-Chalmers developed a hitching mechanism it trademarked Snap-Coupler. The system was as simple as backing the tractor up to the tongue of the implement until the large hook mounted… Continue reading Snap-Coupler Hitch System