Feeling the Pull of Old Tractors

Wendell Kelch's tractor

This 1915 Mogul, manufactured by International Harvester Co., is one of the dozens of tractors that Wendell Kelch has collected over the years. Wendell Kelch hide caption

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The 1908 friction drive, Kelch's favorite tractor.

The 1908 friction drive, Kelch's favorite tractor. Wendell Kelch hide caption

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To his good fortune, Wendell Kelch has both strong mechanical skills and a lot of space.

His hobby is antique farm equipment. Kelch collects, restores and generally worships the old farm machines from his homebase in Bethel, Ohio just outside Cincinnati.

Kelch says his love affair with tractors began on his family farm. Now he has collected and restored more antique tractors than he could ever use on one farm.

As for his favorite find, Kelch says that would be a friction drive — a gasoline-powered engine that uses the friction of two pullies to propel the tractor.

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