Moline

Moline Plow Co., Moline, Illinois, USA
 

The Moline Plow Co. was formed in 1870 in Moline, Illinois, but first entered the tractor business in 1915 when it puchased the Universal Tractor Co. of Columbus, Ohio. The latter had developed a row-crop tractor design with the driving wheels and engine at the front and a hitch at the rear, which allowed a variety of implements to be attached for various tasks. The farmer could easily adapt his existing horse-drawn implements to be pulled by this tractor, and he could also use the seat provided on these implements when driving he machine. Early models of the "Universal" produced by Moline used a two-cylinder engine, first bought in from Reliable and then built by Moline themselves. In 1918 they relaunched the tractor as the Model D with a four-cylinder engine, electric starter and electric lights. Although the "Universal" was an interesting design concept, it never really caught on, and by the early 1920s the company was facing bankruptcy. Tractor production ended in 1923, and in 1929 the Moline Plow Co. was absorbed into the Minneapolis-Moline Power Implement Co.

 

Photo Gallery (Click on images to enlarge)



Moline Universal Model B (serial no. 1847) at Woolpit Steam Rally, Suffolk, England in 2009.



Moline Universal Model C (serial no. 2524) at the Newark Vintage Tractor & Heritage Show, Nottinghamshire, England in 2010.



Moline Universal Model C (serial no. 6357) at the Stuhr Museum of the Prairie Pioneer, Grand Island, Nebraska, USA in 2011.



Moline Universal Model C (serial no. 6834) at the Cedar Valley Threshers Reunion, Cedar Valley, Iowa, USA in 2011.



Moline Universal Model D (serial no. 10884) at the Stuhr Museum of the Prairie Pioneer, Grand Island, Nebraska, USA in 2011.



Moline Universal Model D (serial no. 11296) at the Midwest Old Threshers Reunion, Mt Pleasant, Iowa, USA in 2011.



Moline Universal Model D (serial no. 12115) at the Lester F. Larsen Tractor Test and Power Museum, Lincoln, Nebraska, USA in 2011.



Moline Universal Model D (serial no. 18285) at the Pioneer Power Show, Le Sueur, Minnesota, USA in 2011.



Moline Universal Model D (serial no. 21337) at the Little Casterton Working Weekend, Lincolnshire, England in 2006.



Moline Universal Model D (serial no. 21546) at the Pioneer Power Show, Le Sueur, Minnesota, USA in 2011.



Moline Universal Model D (serial no. 26782) at Pioneer Village, Minden, Nebraska, USA in 2011.



Moline Universal Model D (serial no. 28285) at the Cedar Valley Threshers Reunion, Cedar Valley, Iowa, USA in 2011.



Moline Universal Model D (serial no. 30965) at the Booleroo Steam & Traction Preservation Society Museum, Booleroo Centre, South Australia in 2007.



Moline Universal Model D (serial no. 31522) at Bonanzaville, Fargo, North Dakota, USA in 2011.



Moline Universal Model D (serial no. 31714) at the Pioneer Power Show, Le Sueur, Minnesota, USA in 2011.



Moline Universal Model D at the Conservatoire de l'Agriculture - Le Compa, Chartres, France in 2007.



Moline Universal Model D at the Country Heritage Park, Milton, Ontario, Canada in 2004.



Moline Universal Model D at the Heidrick Ag History Center, Woodland, California, USA in 2005.



Moline Universal Model D at the Musee Maurice Dufresne, Azay-le-Rideau, France in 2007.



Moline Universal Model D at the Musee Charolais du Machinisme Agricole, Neuvy-Grandchamp, France in 2007.



Moline Universal Model D at the Great Dorset Steam Fair, Dorset, England in 2007.



Moline Universal Model D at the Pioneer Settlement Museum, Swan Hill, Victoria, Australia in 2007.



Moline Universal Model D at the Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum, Vista, California, USA in 2008.



Moline Universal Model D at Woolpit Steam Rally, Suffolk, England in 2009.



Moline Universal Model D at the Midwest Old Threshers Reunion, Mt Pleasant, Iowa, USA in 2011.

 


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