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Antique Miscellaneous Tractor: Sampson Iron Horse

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Sampson Iron Horse Tractor

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Les Benner wrote on Monday, April 05, 2010 (PDT):
  • I would like to find out if anyone knows more about other makes of these line driven tractors. I seen one on RFD tv and would like to find out more about them.
    Patricia Mark wrote on Monday, April 13, 2009 (PDT):
  • When is the next old steam tractor event at the iron horse ranch in 2009
    Bran Marian wrote on Wednesday, November 02, 2005 (PST):
  • I am Bran Marian From romania I am selling a gas engine made in germany in 1900 by ,,Deutz" company.The engine was brought by some rellatives in 1905 in village ,,putineiu".He was brought by my grand grand father who was on germany in those years.The engine remainned owers until today.I am looking to sell the gas engine..I even have some pictures thit my grand=grand father and his engine.In case that you want to buy it the transport is made by the buyer . The price is 5000 euro.You can contact me anytime. My number is ;(004)(0247)415132.You can call me everyday betwen 15;00 and 21;00 o'clock The engine is 100% functionable.My asurence is that it has no missing parts,he is 100% complete.It's in good only have to put oil between the mechanism.If you want to buy it please give me you details about your country and adress and all soo we make the deal,and the date when you send the transport to my country.(i am looking to sell it in maximum two weeks because i dont want the winter to chatch me without selling it) Waiting for your reply. Whit all the respect,Bran Marian From Romania
    HM wrote on Sunday, July 10, 2005 (PDT):
  • Illegal to use horse equipment? Chevy 454 big block. I am quite confused.
    Bill in Jefferson WI wrote on Tuesday, April 19, 2005 (PDT):
  • We are having an auction May 6th with many CAST IRON TRACTOR SEATS. Visit our website at to see pictures and more information!
    charles evans wrote on Monday, July 19, 2004 (PDT):
  • I know where their are two iron horses.One is in kanab Utah and the other is in Kanarraville Utah.The one in Kanab is owned by Theo McAllester and the one in kanarraville is owned by Tom Pugh.Both are in excellent working order.
    Jerry Lee ben ton ky.. wrote on Tuesday, June 08, 2004 (PDT):
  • I also watched the satilite show on these funny little tractors. I have searchjed every web site i can find for them and this is the only picture i can find. If you have got some..Please put them up for veiwing.. Thank you I thought they were called MULES..... guessI was wrong..
    Craig in Illinois wrote on Friday, February 27, 2004 (PST):
  • There is a fella here in central Illinois from Peoria that has a completely restored Powerhorse. He has it beautifully restored, and pulls a four seater wagon. I ran into him at a tractor show last September 2003, in Mapleton ILL. He brought it to the show and pulled him and his wife around the park a couple of times. It was an Allis Chalmers tractor engine that powered it. The exact engine that is in a B or a C. That is the part that caught my attention. It is sure a neat set-up.
    redrev wrote on Friday, February 20, 2004 (PST):
  • There is a reign steer tractor like the above in upstate, NY in excellent running order. NOT for sale.
    Ed Wright wrote on Tuesday, January 21, 2003 (PST):
  • Anyone have a picture of a Samson M-18 which I believe was an 1918 model? Would like to have a picture for my memoirs. My dad had a Samson M-18 up until about 1938. Should have dumped it earlier. A traactor with no brakes was not suitable for hilly PA.
    Bevin Madill wrote on Thursday, January 02, 2003 (PST):
  • Pussled on that big block.Stock? l.o.l.
    Bobby Boone wrote on Sunday, September 22, 2002 (PDT):
  • I have an old iron wheel tractor, the walk behind kind. The only information on the tractor says Indiana Tractor. Would like to hear from anyone that might could give me some information on this rig. Thanks
    Matt wrote on Sunday, August 25, 2002 (PDT):
  • Theres one of these that I've seen at the Western Minnesota Steam Threshers Reunion in Rollag, MN. Stop by if your around Labor Day weekend. It's quite a sizeable show.
    John B........ wrote on Saturday, August 10, 2002 (PDT):
  • The "Iron Horse" was produced at the Sampson plant in janesville wisconsin. and days ahead of the unveiling of the new line of tractor, it had rained a bunch, and the leather drive belts had shrunk up so bad that once the tractors were started for the show, the operator was unable to manover the machine and it fliped over on the city hall steps. shortly after, the iron horse's days were short. There are a few of these rare machines around, Iowa, etc, I have some very rare Sampson items, if any one is interested........ J.B.
    Alan Schurman wrote on Friday, February 22, 2002 (PST):
  • We now own this Iron Horse and it is on display at the Iron Ranch in Ridgefield, Wa. The Clark County Rural Heritage Fair is held here July 20-21, 2002.
    anders white wrote on Sunday, February 17, 2002 (PST):
  • recently i was watching a very fasinating tv station RFDTV on statelite dish they had a show one of many on antique tractors and there were 2 of those old wheel horses in action one with the orignal cart. i belive that the tractor show was from the uppermid west area . keep up the great work .Anders White age63
    KEITH ROZEBOOM wrote on Wednesday, October 10, 2001 (PDT):
  • Nice tractor. I beleive sean is right, these type of tractors were intorduced farmer to the tracto and to slowly replace horse drawen equipment. I've seen a very similar one not to long ago. It was a diffenent make but also steered with reins. I beleive it was called a "PowerHorse" but I'm not sure who made it. If anyone knows who makes it please let me know.
    Ben Griffith wrote on Thursday, August 23, 2001 (PDT):
  • Hey i have seen one of these working at the Fort Vancouver annual heritage festival. i am pretty sure it was one. you said it is in oregon state and i am in SW washington maybe it was his.
    Sean Kelly wrote on Monday, October 02, 2000 (PDT):
  • What a small world! The guy above, Trevor Oester, just happens to be my cousin. Just like my cousin said, grandpa owns one of the only 2 ironhorses left. I think Trevor was kind of wrong in some parts so I'll fill ya in. It was not illegal to use horse drawn farm equipment. Instead the Ironhorse was made to introduce farmers to mechanical farming. Its idea was to eventually replace the horse. The machine was driven just like a horse with reins while the farmer walked behind it next to the plow. The problem with it was it was kind of back heavy and when a farmer went up a hill it would tip over backwards and crush them. During WWI and WWII they were all melted down for use in the Army. Currently there are only 2 known Ironhorses, one which is missing parts and will never run again and the other (which my great grandpa has) is complete and running like brand new. He currently has it in storage and if I'm not mistaken it will eventually be on display at the Smithsonian Museum in Washington DC. The picture above is the exact tractor that my great grandfather owns and was probably taken at the Steam and Tractor show in Oregon State.
    Bob Nixon wrote on Tuesday, July 25, 2000 (PDT):
  • Dorr Prairie Museum on Highway 35 in LaPorte, In has a very nice one of these on display.
    Dr. Pattar X. Putzke wrote on Thursday, September 02, 1999 (PDT):
  • why was it illegal to use horse drawn eguipment? and where was it illegal to do that? Thank you.
    Trevor Oester wrote on Saturday, April 24, 1999 (PDT):
  • holy smokes, this is my grandpas tractor. my grandpa is 87 and lives in Scapoose oregon. This picture was taken at the annual Antique Powerland show. I think that it is powered by a Chevy 454, and is in running condition. M grandpa purchased it at a yard sale, or something of that nature, and restord it. he told me that there is only like 2 others that he knows about. It was built when it was illegal to use horse drawn farm equipment, so you walk behind and steer with reins. it does have a little buggy to go with it to.

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