Bikes to Tractors

  This page is for Shaw related videos.  Let me know what you've got and I'll see if I can download it.   Jim

   The first video is of John Hasty tearing around Galesburg.


   This video comes from the Shaw Museum.  Original date unknown.  The driver appears to be asleep at the wheel, but more likely is focused on keeping on a straight line between the rows.


     Tony Blok from just sent me a 28 page brochure (8/17/12) on how to Make a Handy Tractor from An Old Auto.  If you go to the website and register your email address along with the password "antiquefarming" you'll be able to read the entire brochure in color and in PDF.  It's an interesting glimpse into an era when the Model T and A Fords became a little too banged up to ride on the public roads, but still had plenty of life still in them for working a small farm.  Here are a few testimonials from farmers whio converted their used Fords, Chevys and Dodges into a Shaw Equipped Farm Tractors:  

"I have had my Tractorized Ford three years now and do all the farm work with it.  I have 18 acres to farm and use no horse.  I cleared a piece of land last Spring and put it to a real test by pulling stones and trees, but it did the job."

The Clark Brothers said that "their SHAW Tractorized Dodge will do the work of four horses, and has plenty of reserve power in high gear.  Every farmer knows how inconvenient it is to work four horses, and think how expensive it is feed them 365 days in the year whether you are using them or not."

Mr. Claffey writes: "I wouldn't part with my SHAW Tractorized Ford.  I bought an old Ford Touring Car for $10.00 and rebuilt the motor for $15.00, which is now my Tractor, and it sure runs sweet."

Those are just small sample of the testimonials.  Come to think of it though, between Mr. Shaw's motorized bike that could replace a horse and his innovative use of older cars on the farm, he had a lot to do with limiting the use of horses to the race track, as well as sending a lot of mules to the glue factory. 


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