Visit Website In the first several years of their marriage, Ford supported himself and his new wife by running a sawmill. Inhe returned with Clara to Detroit, where he was hired as an engineer for the Edison Illuminating Company. Rising quickly through the ranks, he was promoted to chief engineer two years later. On call 24 hours a day for his job at Edison, Ford spent his irregular hours on his efforts to build a gasoline-powered horseless carriage, or automobile.
This tractor was completed in under the direction of chief engineer Joseph Galamb. It's interesting to note that the name "tractor" was never applied to this machine, as the term was not widely used at this time.
It was instead referred to as an "automobile plow," and, in fact, used many parts from the Ford line of cars in order to cut development and production costs. It would be nearly a decade later before production would start on the first viable commercial model, the Fordson Model F.
The Ford Motor Company was founded in June, After a rocky start, the company achieved tremendous success with the launch of the famous Model T in From this year untilthe company would sell more than 15 million Model T cars and trucks. While Ford achieved great success in the consumer automobile market, he was the son of a farmer himself and understood the need and usefulness of applying automotive technology to the process of farming.
His strong support for the tractor is evident by his experimental work beginning inbut his efforts to start production were delayed by a board of directors that was well satisfied with the sales and profits from the Model T cars and weary of taking a chance on what was an unestablished industry.
Despite the opposition to his plans, Ford continued development work on his tractor. He employed Eugene Farkas as his chief engineer on the project, replacing Joseph Galamb in that position, who had developed many of the earliest tractor prototypes.
As development work proceeded, and it became clear that the Ford Motor Company and its directors were completely unwilling to produce a tractor, Henry Ford set up an independent company to build and market the machine.
The tractor was given a substantial boost by the outbreak of the First World War in Food was desperately needed to feed the massive armies that were doing battle, but enormous manpower that would ordinarily be employed in farming was called away to battle. Farm tractors were the answer to the problem, which offered power and efficiency that would allow for greater production of food with fewer farmers.
Ford had not invented the tractor, just as he had not invented the car, but as he had done with the automobile, he designed and produced a tractor that was affordable to the masses and revolutionized the industry. The days of plows pulled by horses were numbered.
Fordson Model F 20 H. The Fordson was revolutionary first and foremost because it was a smaller design than many of the tractors produced by other companies at the time. These other companies were operating under the mistaken belief that bigger is better.
The smaller design of the Fordson allowed the tractor to be affordable and easy to produce.
Especially important to that goal, the new Ford tractors lacked a conventional frame. Instead, the engine, transmission, and axle housings were all bolted together to form the basic structure of the tractor.
With the small size and innovative frame of the first Fordson, the tractor was well-suited for the mass production Ford had brought to the Model T.
As a result of this, the machine could be sold at a much lower price affordable to average farmers. Just as Ford had brought the car to the middle class through assembly line production, the tractor was now also within reach.
Towards the second half of the 's, the agricultural market entered a depression because of the declining farm prices, years before the rest of the country would follow. Because of declining market fortunes, the decision was made to suspend production of farm tractors in early It builds on the Introduction to RapidResponse videos and provides a more in-depth look at the core capabilities of RapidResponse.
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