Fordson Tractor with Plow Equipped for "Driverless Operation" | Photograph | Wisconsin Historical Society

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Fordson Tractor with Plow Equipped for "Driverless Operation"

Fordson Tractor with Plow Equipped for "Driverless Operation" | Photograph | Wisconsin Historical Society
Farmer and mechanic F.L. Zybach, 32, standing beside his invention -- a Fordson tractor with a front-mounted plow equipped for "driverless operation." Original caption reads: "A farmer for some time, he tired of sitting behind a plow and hit upon a scheme of a plow that would turn over a field without the touch of a hand. All that he does is guide the plow in the first furrow, on the outside of the field, rounding off the corners. From then on the machine runs itself until the entire field is plowed. A four foot piece of iron pipe, one end fastened to the front axle, the other end fastened to a curved piece of sheet iron that hugs the furrow wall. The instant the machine tries to stray out of its path, the curved piece of iron releases a spring that shuts off the ignition. The spring can be seen on front axle. All that Zybach does is to sit in the shade of a tree and watch his invention plow his fields."
DESCRIPTION
Farmer and mechanic F.L. Zybach, 32, standing beside his invention -- a Fordson tractor with a front-mounted plow equipped for "driverless operation." Original caption reads: "A farmer for some time, he tired of sitting behind a plow and hit upon a scheme of a plow that would turn over a field without the touch of a hand. All that he does is guide the plow in the first furrow, on the outside of the field, rounding off the corners. From then on the machine runs itself until the entire field is plowed. A four foot piece of iron pipe, one end fastened to the front axle, the other end fastened to a curved piece of sheet iron that hugs the furrow wall. The instant the machine tries to stray out of its path, the curved piece of iron releases a spring that shuts off the ignition. The spring can be seen on front axle. All that Zybach does is to sit in the shade of a tree and watch his invention plow his fields."
RECORD DETAILS
Image ID:24446
Creation Date: May 14 1927
Creator Name:International Harvester Company
City:Grand Island
County:
State:Nebraska
Collection Name:International Harvester Company corporate archives central file (documented series), 1819-1998
Genre:Photograph
Original Format Type:photographic print, b&w
Original Format Number:MCC MSS 6Z, box 203, #4391
Original Dimensions:8 x 6 inches
SUBJECTS
Fields (Agriculture)
Plowing
Tractors
Trees
Suits (Clothing)
Men
Outdoor photography
Inventions

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