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    New Allis Chalmers WD45

    I finally got the 1954 Allis-Chalmers WD45 home to rejoin the 1938 B and 1938 WC Compared to those tractors, the WD45 is quite advanced (6V battery start, distributor rather than magneto, lights, foot brakes, etc.). One interesting feature of the WD45 is a hand clutch in addition to the standard foot clutch. The operator uses the traditional foot clutch to change gears as usual. Now, if you engage the PTO and want it to continue running while the tractor is in gear but stopped, move the hand clutch to the forward position. Even with the tractor in gear, the forward motion is stopped but the PTO continues running. Pulling the hand clutch rearward allows the tractor to resume forward motion. I recollect Allis-Chalmers' marketing department called this the first implementation of "live PTO" for any tractor.

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    Very nice. And that barn is not cluttered. I can still see concrete. You have room to move. Still plenty of room for more tractors.


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    Looks great.

    I am sure it runs great too. Those are unbelievably dependable.

    I thought I heard a Clevis rattling on a drawbar today.
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    nice explanation about the extra clutch. i got to run one of these tractors with a pull 5 ft brush hog the entire summer, right up till i had my broken leg with my motorcycle accident. 1974
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    Quote Originally Posted by BigJim55 View Post
    nice explanation about the extra clutch. i got to run one of these tractors with a pull 5 ft brush hog the entire summer, right up till i had my broken leg with my motorcycle accident. 1974
    Still could have ran it. Hand clutch, well except for the pain. Of course you probably didnít have the fancy seat cover.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Herminator View Post
    Still could have ran it. Hand clutch, well except for the pain. Of course you probably didnít have the fancy seat cover.
    believe me when i tell u i plowed, harrowed, and tied a plastic bag over my cast to go swimming the next spring---sat on my paps jd A-and wore a hole in the bottom of one of my casts--from letting it sit kinda crooked on the floor board. that was in the beginning--when my first dr then sent me to a different one-and i started to stay with my one uncle and aunt-who took me this different town back then for my appts., then there was no more tractor riding anymore.

    no fancy seat covers back then on either one too.
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    2018 835R gas model gator-"aka" the Cadillac i say!! 6ft jd snow plow-which already has a dtac out on it. i got just about everything on it i could at the time

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    Thanks for posting the pictures of your WD45. It's the first tractor I ever drove (over 50 years ago) ! Also narrow front. About 20 years ago I found a wide front WD45 for sale (not restored) for $1800. I wanted it "for old times sake". Secretary of WAR, vetoed that purchase. BUT I still want one, "for old times sake"

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    Another fine specimen Rod!

    Seems you may have found a gold mine of sorts being I think you mentioned in your other thread these 2 tractors came from the same collector. Any more on the way?
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    Thanks for posting your picture of the WD45. It brought back memories of helping my grandfather and uncle with haying back in the late 50's. They baled hay with an Allis Chalmers round baler which you had to stop moving with every time a baler was rolled up large enough to wrap twine on and discharge it from the baler. The WD45 was perfect for this operation with the hand clutch stopping forward motion but keeping the PTO live.
    Here is a link you can paste into a session to see one in operation.
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    Loved those 45's. AC had the first round baler called RotoBaler, which required that you stop the tractor movement during the time the baler was tying the bale before dropping it, but the PTO had to keep running. Therefore they needed a tractor with so-called "live PTO", hence the hand clutch, which only stopped the tractor movement, but left the PTO running. Push the foot clutch and both stopped. If you were using any other tractor of the time, you had to quickly move the shift lever to neutral when you heard the bang of the tie mechanism, without pushing the clutch. This worked OK as long as you were on level ground and there was no pressure on the driveline. Then to start up again, you had to push the clutch, put the tractor in gear and release the clutch. You usually had to wait until the PTO stopped turning.

    I can remember a plowing demonstration day where they had a 45 diesel. It was a 6 cylinder, whereas the other WC and WD models were 4 cylinders. You always plowed in 3rd gear of the 4 gear tranny. The WC would pull a 2 bottom pull type plow as it only had a drawbar. The WD would pull a 3 bottom SnapCoupler plow and the diesel would pull a 4 bottom SnapCoupler plow. I got to drive the diesel and I can tell you that at the end of the furrow, when you lifted that plow, you had better be ready to hit the brake pedal to make the turn or you were going through the fence as that thing was pulling hard. Quite an experience for someone as young as I was.

    I see this 45 has the SnapCoupler with the drawbar plugged into it. Most of those got converted to 3pt. I cut my teeth as a youngster on a pair of 1937 WC's. Those were unbreakable. I don't recall us ever spending a dime on repairs. No electric start. No lights. Nothing to go wrong.

    The only real complaint against these tractors was that they were hard steering as they did not have power steering. The steering ratio was very quick, therefore required some arm power to turn, whereas other tractors, like the Farmall, had a slower steering ratio (non power) and were easier to turn, but also took more turns of the steering wheel to make a turn.

    BTW, if I remember correctly, the year of the tractor is cast into the rear axle housing, viewable from the rear.

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