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Des Moines Iowa Homestead (Newspaper) - November 22, 1917, Des Moines, IowaMore than 150, vol. Lxii. No. 47. Des Moines Iowa november 22, 1917. Whole no. 3137 f the maximum area of tillable land is cropped next year thousands of new tractors will have to be put in service because at the present time there is an actual shortage of horse Power. In order that a Clear idea might be Given to our readers regard ing the kind and amount of work that can be done with a tractor a few owners have been asked to give their experience. Some interesting and instructive letters have been received As the Reader will conclude if he will peruse carefully the contributions that follow has used three tractors. To the have owned and operated in All three tractors. The first was a 45-60 horse Power tractor with a plow having eight 16-Inch Bottoms. Next we owned a 25-40 horse Power Caterpillar tractor with a plow having five 14 Inch Bottoms. This season we purchased a 13-26 tractor which is equipped with a plow having three 14-Inch Bottoms. We purchased this one about july 1st, and have used it to Cut 100 acres of Small Grain to disk Iso acres and to plow 133 acres. We have found that a Large number of tractor companies recommend More plows than a tractor can draw. We suppose that our experience re sults in the fact that we wish to plow eight inches deep in the fall. We believe that deep fall blowing results in far better crops for the following year. Overloading the engine is a very common prac Tice and in blowing Large acreage is bound to re sult in Large repair Bills and a Large amount of trouble. The tractor that we Are using at the present Lime uses about seventeen Gallons gasoline and one gallon Cylinder Oil for ten hours of steady blowing making the Cost of operation about for the gasoline 50c for Cylinder Oil and for the operator or a total of for ten hours of steady operation. When pulling the Binder a disk or other Light implements less Gas and Oil Are used. Our fall blowing when using two flows is about per acre. This is cheaper than horse haul the crops. At this time our tractor comes in at a Premium going a Large amount of deep fall blowing and risking. If it was not for the tractor our fall plow ing would necessarily be delayed until so late that the ground would freeze before it could be finished. Another advantage is that when our work is done the trac Tor can be run into the shed and causes no More expense while the horses must be fed with expensive Hay and Corn. We have tried the three tractors and find that the smallest one which we now have in opera Tion is the Best for our work and More efficient in every Way. H. O. Hall in Muscatine county Iowa. Power Insomuch As we pay per acre for blowing with Man and team. Our tractor plow ing is also much better than horse blowing be cause of the fact that we can go deeper. The experience has shown us that breakdowns and heavy repair Bills Are due mostly to neglect and carelessness of incompetent operators. Some of our operators pretended to be experts. In a number of cases the work proved the opposite and resulted in heavy repair Bills and the tractor standing Idle during the Busy time. The operator we now have has proven his efficiency and has had scarcely any repair Bills. One instance when the tractor is far better than horses is after the Early cabbage crop is harvested. By using the tractor we can then disk and plow the Field immediately after the crop is removed. This is something hard to do with horses because the ground is so hard and dry and the weather so very warm. We farm in this locality More than acres our crops being principally tomatoes cabbage cucumbers onions with Corn Oats and Clover for rotation. Regarding the number of horses our tractor would displace this is rather a hard question to answer. One big advantage of the tractor is Dur ing the cabbage cutting and Tomato picking when our teams and hired ones Are required to three years9 experience. To the have used our tractor three seasons for farming and threshing. It Lias made things so we Only use four horses where we formerly had from eight to ten that we could put in the harness for Spring work and after that were most All turned to in looking Over my account. I find that for double risking and double dragging 110 acres and blowing Twenty two acres of Sod this last Spring i used 300 Gallons of gasoline and about fifteen Gallons of Oil. For blowing stubble and stalk ground i find that two Gallons of gasoline will do the work but for Sod it takes a Little More. In Couble Tii King and dragging about two Gallons will do the work. This Spring i had a couple of Breaks that Cost me about in comparison with horses i find that the trac Tor does the work considerably cheaper. W. H. Alden Jones county Iowa. Performed a variety of farm tasks to the bought a tractor this Spring. I am farming 285 acres and i think the tractor is All right. I have slowed about 1go acres this summer and Cut 125 acres of Grain. I pulled on 8. F

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