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During the early 19th century steam engines on wheels were used to help drive mechanical farm machinery using a belt. Richard Trevithick invented the first portable steam engine in 1812. This engine was primarily used to drive a corn thresher. Popular from 1885 to 1912, the steam engine soon faded around the 1920’s when it was replaced with lighter and faster combustion engine tractors. The steam engine was a coal burning machine. They were equipped with a large boiler which contained water. A coal burning fire would be started this would burn off the water in the boiler converting it to steam, instead of blowing off this team, it is captures and used to power the machine.
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