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44 minutes ago, U-C said:

 

Thanks!  I met one (by the appearance of that one a Mark 1 without the front sheet metal) on summer work experience a long time ago.  The cartridges each had a serious warning band that they were not to be used in a shotgun.  IIRC (so don't try this) the reloading recipe was a quarter Ballastite and the rest black powder in a full length (old style length IIRC) shell.

Again IIRC the official wick paper you bought was treated (might have been with saltpetre) so it burnt like a slow fireworks fuse.

And the tractor bucked a bit when the cartridge went off.

The crank handle was massive and recommendations of that time here were to use two men and not to attempt solo under threat of serious injury or worse.

The gear drive was straight teeth down the frame so no crown wheel and pinion and the shift "H" pattern was 90 degrees to what you'd expect.  They didn't have a very wide range of engine speed as I recall.  It ran all day on a saw bench on a sniff of diesel and a shower of engine oil fallout.  When used for ploughing seemed the engine torque wore flat spots on the drive tyres.

The Fowlers were the same power unit in a dozer.  A friend a couple of ranches down has one in his shed.

There is the story of another bloke who was about to demonstrate the cartridge start but found he was out of shells.  So he used a 12 ga, complete with shot.  They were tough machines - just took the head off, scraped the lead out and good as new.

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19 hours ago, Ian Beale said:

There is the story of another bloke who was about to demonstrate the cartridge start but found he was out of shells.  So he used a 12 ga, complete with shot.  They were tough machines - just took the head off, scraped the lead out and good as new.

kinda gives the real meaning of a bullet proof tractor ;) seems like all tractor makes back then still knew keep a tractor simple and reliable not like whats on the market now a days

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Aecherli tractor about 150 where made it has a Stihl Diesel, it has a 7 speed transmission, the tractor was based on the walk behind with the same engine and tranny 

 

 

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