Avery

Robert Avery came up with ideas for design of a corn planter while in prison at Andersonville during the American Civil War. When he was released from prison he constructed a working model of his planter, and in 1874 he founded the Avery Planter Company at Galesburg, Illinois with his brother Cyrus. The company relocated to Peoria in 1884 and in 1891 they began to manufacture steam engines and threshing machines. Their first attempt at producing a tractor was in 1910, and by the following year they had their 20-35 model for sale. Avery were soon offering a full line of heavyweight tractors, and these continued to be built well into the 1920s. It soon became apparent though that farmers were looking for smaller, lightweight tractors, and although Avery made the little 5-10 and 6-12 models, they still focussed on the heavier machines. In 1924 the company was declared bankrupt, and was subsequently reorganized as the Avery Power Machinery Company, although this new venture achieved little success.

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Avery "Farm and City" Tractor at Bright's Pioneer Exhibit, Le Grand, California, USA in 2008.



Avery 5-10 (serial no. 6280, built 1916) photographed in a private collection in the UK in 2013.



Avery 5-10 (serial no. 6667, built 1917) at Western Minnesota Steam Threshers Reunion, Rollag, Minnesota, USA in 2011.



Avery 5-10 (serial no. 11622, built 1918) at Western Minnesota Steam Threshers Reunion, Rollag, Minnesota, USA in 2011.



Avery 5-10 (serial no. 13198, built 1919) at Western Minnesota Steam Threshers Reunion, Rollag, Minnesota, USA in 2011.



Avery 5-10 Model B (serial no. 19850, built 1920) at Western Minnesota Steam Threshers Reunion, Rollag, Minnesota, USA in 2011.



Avery 6-12 Model C (serial no. 23415, built 1921) at Western Minnesota Steam Threshers Reunion, Rollag, Minnesota, USA in 2011.



Avery 6-12 Model C at the Heidrick Ag History Center, Woodland, California, USA in 2008.



Avery 8-16 (serial no. 2145, built 1914) at Western Minnesota Steam Threshers Reunion, Rollag, Minnesota, USA in 2011.



Avery 8-16 (serial no. 5731, built 1916) with Avery 3-bottom self-lift plough at Western Minnesota Steam Threshers Reunion, Rollag, Minnesota, USA in 2011.



Avery 8-16 (serial no. 6459, built 1917) at Western Minnesota Steam Threshers Reunion, Rollag, Minnesota, USA in 2011.



Avery 8-16 (serial no. 7424, built 1917) at the Little Casterton Working Weekend, Lincolnshire, UK in 2006 and 2010.



Avery 8-16 (serial no. 8393, built 1917) at Carrington Rally, Lincolnshire, England in 2008.



Avery 8-16 (serial no. 11193, built 1918) at the Museum of Early New Zealand, Tirau, New Zealand in 2006.



Avery 8-16 (serial no. 13609, built 1919) photographed in a private collection in the UK in 2013.



Avery 8-16 (serial no. 18826, built 1920) at Tractor World, Malvern, Worcestershire, England in 2011.



Avery 8-16 at Brayshaw Park, Blenheim, New Zealand in 2006.



Avery 12-25 (serial no. 10454, built 1918) at Western Minnesota Steam Threshers Reunion, Rollag, Minnesota, USA in 2011.



Avery 12-25 (serial no. 10781, built 1918) at Western Minnesota Steam Threshers Reunion, Rollag, Minnesota, USA in 2011.



Avery 12-25 (serial no. 10886, built 1918) at Western Minnesota Steam Threshers Reunion, Rollag, Minnesota, USA in 2011.



Avery 12-25 (serial no. 11624, built 1918) photographed in a private collection in the UK in 2013.



Avery 12-25 (serial no. 17026, built 1920) at Western Minnesota Steam Threshers Reunion, Rollag, Minnesota, USA in 2011.



Avery 12-25 (serial no. 23789, built 1922) with Avery 3-bottom self-lift plough at Western Minnesota Steam Threshers Reunion, Rollag, Minnesota, USA in 2011.



Avery 12-25 at the Great Dorset Steam Fair, Dorset, England in 2002.



Avery 12-25 at the Dome Valley Museum, Yuma, Arizona, USA in 2005.



Avery 14-28 (serial no. 22166, built 1921) at Pioneer Village, Minden, Nebraska, USA in 2011.



Avery 14-28 (serial no. 22377, built 1921) at Western Minnesota Steam Threshers Reunion, Rollag, Minnesota, USA in 2011.



Avery 14-28 (serial no. 23284, built 1921) at Western Minnesota Steam Threshers Reunion, Rollag, Minnesota, USA in 2011.



Avery 14-28 (serial no. 25025, built 1922) with Avery "Yellow-Kid" separator at Western Minnesota Steam Threshers Reunion, Rollag, Minnesota, USA in 2011.



Avery 14-28 (serial no. 26450, built 1922) at Onslow Park Rally, Shropshire, England in 2008.



Avery 18-36 (serial no. 16393, built 1919) at Western Minnesota Steam Threshers Reunion, Rollag, Minnesota, USA in 2011.



Avery 20-35 (serial no. 57, built 1916) at the Stuhr Museum of the Prairie Pioneer, Grand Island, Nebraska, USA in 2011.



Avery 20-35 (serial no. 28534, built 1926) at Western Minnesota Steam Threshers Reunion, Rollag, Minnesota, USA in 2011.



Avery 20-35 (serial no. 28594, built 1926) at Western Minnesota Steam Threshers Reunion, Rollag, Minnesota, USA in 2011.



Avery 20-35 (serial no. 28630, built 1927) at the Cedar Valley Threshers Reunion, Cedar Valley, Iowa, USA in 2011.



Avery 25-50 (serial no. 3010, built 1915) at the Antique Farm Equipment Museum, Tulare, California, USA in 2005.



Avery 25-50 (serial no. 4667, built 1916) photographed in a private collection in the UK in 2013.



Avery 25-50 (serial no. 16249, built 1919) at the Vooroorlogse Tractorshow Bergeijk, Netherlands in 2011.



Avery 25-50 (serial no. 18148, built 1920) at the Steam Threshing Jamboree, Prairie Village, Madison, South Dakota, USA in 2011.



Avery 25-50 (serial no. 26294, built 1922) at Western Minnesota Steam Threshers Reunion, Rollag, Minnesota, USA in 2011.



Avery 25-50 (serial no. 27572, built 1923) at Western Minnesota Steam Threshers Reunion, Rollag, Minnesota, USA in 2011.



Avery 25-50 (serial no. 28247, built 1925) with Avery 6-bottom self-lift plough at Western Minnesota Steam Threshers Reunion, Rollag, Minnesota, USA in 2011.



Avery 25-50 (serial no. 28498, built 1926) at the Midwest Old Threshers Reunion, Mt Pleasant, Iowa, USA in 2011.



Avery 25-50 (serial no. 28568, built 1926) at Western Minnesota Steam Threshers Reunion, Rollag, Minnesota, USA in 2011.



Avery 40-80 (serial no. 1288, built 1913) at the Midwest Old Threshers Reunion, Mt Pleasant, Iowa, USA in 2011.



Avery 40-80 (serial no. 1458, built 1913) at Western Minnesota Steam Threshers Reunion, Rollag, Minnesota, USA in 2011.



Avery 40-80 (serial no. 1739, built 1914) at the Stuhr Museum of the Prairie Pioneer, Grand Island, Nebraska, USA in 2011.



Avery 40-80 (serial no. 2883, built 1915) at Western Minnesota Steam Threshers Reunion, Rollag, Minnesota, USA in 2011.



Avery 40-80 (serial no. 22188, built 1921) at Western Minnesota Steam Threshers Reunion, Rollag, Minnesota, USA in 2011.



Avery 40-80 (serial no. 22431, built 1921) at the Best Show on Tracks, Woodland, California, USA in 2008.



Avery 40-80 (serial no. 25515, built 1922) at Western Minnesota Steam Threshers Reunion, Rollag, Minnesota, USA in 2011.



Avery 40-80 (serial no. 25755, built 1922) at Western Minnesota Steam Threshers Reunion, Rollag, Minnesota, USA in 2011.



Avery 40-80 (serial no. 25762, built 1922) at Western Minnesota Steam Threshers Reunion, Rollag, Minnesota, USA in 2011.



Avery 45-65 (serial no. 27380, built 1923) at Western Minnesota Steam Threshers Reunion, Rollag, Minnesota, USA in 2011.



Avery four-cylinder motor cultivator (serial no. 1339) at Pioneer Village, Minden, Nebraska, USA in 2011.



Avery four-cylinder motor cultivator at Western Minnesota Steam Threshers Reunion, Rollag, Minnesota, USA in 2011.



Avery six-cylinder motor cultivator (serial no. 2460) at Western Minnesota Steam Threshers Reunion, Rollag, Minnesota, USA in 2011.



Avery six-cylinder motor cultivator (serial no. 3159) photographed in a private collection in the UK in 2013.



Avery six-cylinder motor cultivator (serial no. 2622) at Western Minnesota Steam Threshers Reunion, Rollag, Minnesota, USA in 2011.



Avery Road-Razer (serial no. 4182) at Western Minnesota Steam Threshers Reunion, Rollag, Minnesota, USA in 2011.



Avery Track-Runner (serial no. 35542) at Western Minnesota Steam Threshers Reunion, Rollag, Minnesota, USA in 2011.

 


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