Lanz

Heinrich Lanz founded his company in Mannheim 1859 to build harvesting equipment and steam engines. In 1911 he obtained the patents for a rotary cultivator designed by a Hungarian, Karl Koszegi. This was modified to become the Lanz Landbaumotor, which appeared in 1912. The Landbaumotor was also available as a road tractor without the rear-mounted cultivator attachment, and was used to haul guns during World War I. Lanz's first lightweight tractor, the Model HL Bulldog, appeared in 1921 and was designed by the talented engineer Dr Fritz Huber. It featured a 12 hp horizontal single-cylinder hot-bulb engine that was suitable for burning a variety of low-grade fuels, and was also available as a horse-drawn stationary power unit. This tractor was followed in 1923 by two other Bulldog models: the 8 hp HM "Mops" (a smaller version of the HL 12), and the HP "Allrad", a four-wheel drive articulated machine with equal-sized wheels. Lanz returned briefly to multi-cylinder designs with the elegant-looking FMD "Feldmotor" and FHD "Felddank", but in 1925 they settled once more on the single-cylinder horizontal engine design for their new HF and HR Bulldog tractors. The Lanz Bulldog went through various modifications over the next 30 or so years, but the basic design remained the same until the takeover of Lanz by John Deere in 1956.

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Lanz Landbaumotor at the Deutsches Traktoren- und Modellauto Museum, Paderborn, Germany in 2005.



Lanz FMD38 Feldmotor (serial no. 317, built 1922) at the Vooroorlogse Tractorshow Bergeijk, Netherlands in 2008.



Lanz FHD38 Felddienst (serial no. 50124, built 1925) at the Deutsches Traktoren- und Modellauto Museum, Paderborn (Germany) in 2005 and the Vooroorlogse Tractorshow Bergeijk, Netherlands in 2008.



Lanz HL 12 (serial no. 4195) at the John Deere Pavilion, Moline, Illinois, USA in 2004.



Lanz HL 12 (serial no. 4212) at the Bedfordshire Steam and Country Fayre, Old Warden Park, Bedfordshire, England in 2006.



Lanz HL 12 (serial no. 4952) at the Little Casterton Working Weekend, Lincolnshire (UK) in 2012.



Lanz HL 12 (serial no. 5242) at the Vooroorlogse Tractorshow Bergeijk, Netherlands in 2011.



Lanz HL 12 (serial no. 17824) at the Wheatlands Musuem, Warracknabeal, Victoria, Australia in 2007.



Lanz HL 12 at the HMT Show, Panningen, Netherlands in 2005.



Lanz HL 12 at the HMT Show, Panningen, Netherlands in 2005.



Lanz HL 12 at the HMT Show, Panningen, Netherlands in 2005.



Lanz HL 12 at the Prague branch of the Narodni Zemedelske Muzeum (National Agricultural Museum), Czech Republic in 2007.



Lanz HM 8 Mops at the Deutsches Traktoren- und Modellauto Museum, Paderborn, Germany in 2005.



Lanz HM 8 Mops at the Caslav branch of the Narodni Zemedelske Muzeum (National Agricultural Museum), Czech Republic in 2007.



Lanz HP Allrad (serial no. 6691) at Onslow Park Rally, Shropshire, England in 2007.



Lanz HP Allrad at the Deutsches Traktoren- und Modellauto Museum, Paderborn, Germany in 2005.



Lanz HR2 Grossbulldog (serial no. 46279) at the Vooroorlogse Tractorshow Bergeijk, Netherlands in 2008.



Lanz HR 2 Grossbulldog (serial no. 48402) at the Booleroo Steam & Traction Preservation Society Museum, Booleroo Centre, South Australia in 2007.



Lanz HR 2 Grossbulldog (serial no. 48403) at Onslow Park Rally, Shropshire, England in 2009.



Lanz HR 2 Grossbulldog (serial no. 48532) at the Great Dorset Steam Fair, Dorset, England in 2002 and the Vooroorlogse Tractorshow Bergeijk, Netherlands in 2011.



Lanz HR 2 Grossbulldog (serial no. 48802) at the HMT Show, Panningen, Netherlands in 2005.



Lanz HR 2 Grossbulldog at the Great Dorset Steam Fair, Dorset, England in 2002.



Lanz HR 2 Grossbulldog at the Deutsches Traktoren- und Modellauto Museum, Paderborn, Germany in 2005.



Lanz HR 2 Grossbulldog at the Deutsches Traktoren- und Modellauto Museum, Paderborn, Germany in 2005.



Lanz HR 2 Grossbulldog at the Deutsches Traktoren- und Modellauto Museum, Paderborn, Germany in 2005.



Lanz HR 2 Grossbulldog half-track at the Deutsches Traktoren- und Modellauto Museum, Paderborn, Germany in 2005.



Lanz HR 2 Grossbulldog at the HMT Show, Panningen, Netherlands in 2005.



Lanz HR 2 Grossbulldog at the Caslav branch of the Narodni Zemedelske Muzeum (National Agricultural Museum), Czech Republic in 2007.



Lanz HR 2 Grossbulldog at the 'Historicke Zemedelske Stroje' Muzeum (Historic Agricultural Machinery Museum), Boskovice, Czech Republic in 2007.

 


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