C.J. Eastman

Eastman Cable Tractor (1911)

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C. J. Eastman presented his version of the ideal tractor in 1911. Called the Eastman Cable tractor, it was apparently a throw-back to the European practice of stationing one of these units at each end of the field and pulling a plow or other implement across the field by means of a steel cable. Occasionally the job was done with only one unit, using a series of pulleys to move the plow back and forth across the field. This method was slow and cumbersome, and while it was better suited to the smaller fields commonly found in Europe, the arrangement was totally unsatisfactory on the American prairies.

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