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"The three-point hitches – you had a hydraulic, and two arms come down, and you had your machinery that was all ready for it. And all you'd do is put them on, and then they'd have a center deal [that] come from the center, and that would pick up your plow, or anything like that. It'd all pick up your plow. But, it was a three-point deal, and it'd work real good. It had adjustments on both sides. You could tilt your stuff, and that was mainly for – well, like if you had a corn-picker or something, a mounted corn picker, stuff like that. That all worked out pretty nice.
     "Then rubber tires starting coming in. And I had the blacksmith cut my wheels down. And Sears was here in York. I bought a set of tires. That was all in one deal. They put the tires on. And I left on tires. And it give the tractor quite a bit more power on rubber than it was on steel. I still had a bigger wheel, a little bigger wheel, but I still had more power with rubber than I did with steel."

LeRoy Hankel on Rubber Tractor Tires

   

Other Excerpts from LeRoy Hankel's Interview:

Starting the Tractor
Combines
Horses to Tractors
Buying Equipment
Stock Market Crash
Falling Prices
Selling Hogs
Living on a Dollar a Day
Affording the Light Bill
Dust and Rain
The Power of the Wind
Drought in the 30s
Participating in the AAA
Decline in Farms