"One of the tractors we had was an Allis-Chalmers. A neighbor had a Farmall. My dad had an Allis-Chalmers, and he had the hand brake, So, you'd have to lean clear over and pull on that hand brake while you were making the turn. And being small, that really was tough. I always like the neighbor's tractor a lot better, because it had the split brakes...
   "Well, on the right side, you have two pedals. And the one on the left blocks the left wheel and the one on the right blocks the right wheel. So, if you're tuning left you block that wheel so it can't go forward, and it helps you to turn around. Especially with a lot of weight behind, it just pushes you around if you can't lock that wheel."

Kelly Holthus – Split Brakes on Tractors


Other Excerpts from Kelly Holthus' Interview:

Pearl Harbor
Effect of the War
War to a 10-year-old
Bomber Crash
School Consolidation
Wartime Labor Shortage
Postwar Boom
Banking in the 40s
Cash Flow Lending Now
Importance of Irrigation
Water Contamination
Victory Gardens