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Before electric starters, "baring it over"

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Trenching machine demonstration at eh Western Minnesota Steam Threshers Reunion

 

 

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Love that.  My buddy has a few old John Deere tractors with no electric starters, just a big flywheel on the side. It's interesting to watch him go through the motions to get it started.  I bet it was a real bear to get one going on a frosty morning.  Popping Johnnies operated in the same way...

 

Here's one that has the Benz tricycle and it's popping Johnnie

 

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Love that.  My buddy has a few old John Deere tractors with no electric starters, just a big flywheel on the side. It's interesting to watch him go through the motions to get it started.  I bet it was a real bear to get one going on a frosty morning.


Ed, my dad had one of those John Deeres that he kept at his sister's farm for a few years, just to drive around occasionally (#bachelorlife). He said that sometimes, he'd go over there, spend half an hour spinning the flywheel trying to start it, then just give up and go home. Cheaper than the gym, I suppose.

-Dave



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8 minutes ago, dlhoovler said:

Cheaper than the gym, I suppose.

 

Indeed, Dave... even with the compression valve open it's not a sissy-thing to get rotated.  There is certainly a trick to it and I'm certain each engine has it's own peculiar procedure.  


Ed

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