The buckeye steam traction ditcher was designed to dig ditches for agricultural drainage tile but could dig open trenches for any type of pipeline or for developing open drainage ditches. Black swamp farmers had begun digging or widening surface ditches along natural channels beginning about 1860.
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Buckeye traction ditcher. According to the census ohio had 25000 miles of open drainage ditches by 1920. X frame design excavator. The ditcher was also used in new orleans africa and ontario canada where later models still exist.
1938 harnischfeger p h equipment advertisement. Buckeye steam traction ditcher. Vintage 1940 boston woven hose rubber company ad advertisement 2 pg.
The buckeye allowed for the quick placement of drainage tiles to aid in cultivation. Vintage 1941 buckeye traction ditcher co. The name was changed to buckeye steam traction company in 1906.
Skilled surveyors and engineers laid out the ditch direction desired depth and the grade of the ditch. Road widener pictured. After ridding northwest ohio of its great black swamp hills invention produced by the buckeye traction ditcher company of findlay ohio went on to drain large parts of florida and louisiana.
Accurately graded ditches were needed for open drainage pipeline trenches and placement of underground agricultural drainage tile. Steam engines powered the ditchers until 1908 when gasoline engines and the 1920s when diesel engines replaced them. During the post civil war era efforts to cultivate the land for higher crop yields resulted in the digging of thousands of miles of ditches to improve land drainage.
Find great deals on ebay for buckeye ditcher. Of those 15000 were located in the lake erie drainage basin of northwest ohio. Findlay oh collectible advertisement.
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