Allis-Chalmers

The Allis-Chalmers Corporations operated from 1847 to 1999. Known as Milwaukee’s key manufacturer it originated in James Seville and Charles Decker’s Reliance Works in 1847. They were originally a major supplier of milling equipment but declined to bankruptcy when the lumber and flour industries began to struggle. Edward P. Allis then purchased the company in 1861. It was then named the Edward P. Allis & Company Reliance Works.  In 1969 the company purchased its largest local competitor, Bay State Iron Manufacturing Company. This allowed for Allis & Co. to introduce new products such as portable mills, boilers, and gearing. Allis & Company had become the largest single manufacturer for steam engines in the United States at the turn of the Century. Allis-Chalmers became the largest builder of gas engines in the early 1900’s. They continued to grow and expand production and in the mid to late twentieth century they expanded into atomic energy and construction equipment. The company struggled to stay competitive due to the recession of the early 1980’s and diminishing sales. They declared bankruptcy in 1987 and closed its last Milwaukee office in 1999.

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history

After formation in 1847 the first Allis steam engine was in operation by 1869. The Allis-Chalmers Company was created in 1901 after the merger of E.P. Allis and three other firms. In 1914 they introduced a tractor to their line of products and by 1926 they were able to establish a separate tractor division. Introduction of their Model U with pneumatic tires in 1929 made history for Allis-Chalmers. They made another ground breaking move in 1933 with the Model WC which was the first tractor with the square engine design. Allis-Chalmers was purchased in 1985 by Deutz-Fahr and by 1992 a new company was farmed called AGCO.

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Models

Model

Configuration

Years

# Produced

Model 18-30

Standard Tread

1918-1922

1,160

Model 6-12

1919-1926

1,471

20-35

Standard Tread

1919-1930

Model 15-25

Standard Tread

1921-1927

1,681

15-25 Orchard

Orchard

1924-1925

E 20-35

Standard Tread

1928-1930

E 25-40

Standard Tread

1930-1936

2,426

WC UnStyled

Row Crop

1933-1948

178,202

UC/All Crop

Row Crop

1933-1953

4,949

E 30-60

Standard Tread

1934-1937

70

IU

Industrial

1937

WF Unstyled

Standard Tread

1937-1940

8,350

WC Styled

Row Crop

1938-1948

IB

Industrial

1938-1954

2,800

WF Styled

Standard Tread

1940-1951

WD (Gas)

Row Crop

1948-1954

146,525

WD (Distillate)

Row Crop

1948-1954

D270 (Kerosene)

1954-1957

D270 (Gas)

1954-1957

D270 (Diesel)

1954-1957

WD-45 (Gas)

Row Crop | Wide Front

1954-1957

6,509

WD-45 (Deisel)

Row Crop

1954-1957

6,509

D-17 Series I-IV (Liquid Propane)

Row Crop

1957-1959

62,867

D272 (Diesel)

Standard Tread | Utility

1957-1960

D272 (Gas)

Standard Tread | Utility

1957-1960

D-17 Series I-IV (Gas)

Row Crop

1957-1967

62,867

D-17 (High Clearance)

High-Clearance

1957-1967

D-17 Series I-IV (Diesel)

Row Crop

1957-1967

62,867

D-17 (Orchard)

Orchard

1957-1967

ED-40

Standard Tread | Utility

1960-1968

D-19 (Gas)

Row Crop

1961-1964

10,597

D-19 (LP)

Row Crop

1961-1964

10,597

D-19 (Diesel)

Row Crop

1961-1964

10,597

I-40

Standard | Industrial

1962-1966

554

T-16 4WD

1963-1964

15

D-21 Series I

Row Crop

1963-1965

1,129

D-21 Series II

Row Crop

1963-1969

2,409

I-60

Standard | Industrial

1964-1966

1,336

190 XT (Diesel)

Row Crop

1964-1972

190 XT (LP)

Row Crop

1964-1972

190 XT (Gas)

Row Crop

1964-1972

190 (High Clearance)

Row Crop

1964-1973

190 (Diesel)

Row Crop

1964-1973

190 (Gas)

Row Crop

1964-1973

I-600

Industrial

1966-1968

I-400

Industrial

1966-1968

170 ( One-Seventy) Gas

Row Crop

1967-1971

170 ( One-Seventy) Diesel

Row Crop

1967-1971

One-Eighty

Row Crop

1967-1973

10,163

220

Row Crop

1969-1973

1,865

Two-Ten

Row Crop

1970-1973

1,471

175 (Diesel)

Row Crop

1970-1980

5,485

175 (Gas)

Row Crop

1970-1980

1,009

185

Row Crop

1970-1981

14,961

160

Renault

1972-1973

1,487

200

Row Crop

1972-1975

7030

Row Crop

1973-1974

3,396

7050

Row Crop

1973-1974

2,303

6040

Renault

1974-1975

499

7040

1974-1977

7000

1975-1979

7,264

5050

Standard Tread

1977-1983

5050 FWA

Standard Tread | Utility

1977-1983

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