2008 - Volume #32, Issue #2, Page #41[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Deere's Revolutionary Electric TractorIn regard to your article in the last issue about Deere's Revolutionary Electric Tractor, it seems that all that was old is new again. Henry Ford had a flywheel magneto in his Model T's starting in 1909. The permanent magnets on the flywheel generated AC voltage commensurate with engine rpm's and also dispersed engine oil from the transmission sump up to the main and connecting rod bearings. This system remained in production through 1927, with production of more than 15 million units. (P.J. Meehan, Victoria, B.C., Meehan@shaw.ca)
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