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Old 07-11-2016, 01:50:05 AM
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I was wondering if some could tell me about the reeves 40 tractor I just found out that my Great Great Grandfather owned one. It cme from the Reeves Branch house in Peoria IL.Thank's
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Where to start, First off the 40 was Reeves only try at building a gas tractor. Reeves was a long time steam and thresher builder. They were bought out by the Emerson Brantingham co of Rockford Il and as soon as all the parts inventory was assembled, the model was phased out. It was a large and somewhat clumsy and primitive outfit. Weighed in at around 10 tons. I doubt that it ever would have been any serious competition to other more popular tractors of the period without some serious re engineering. If you Google Reeves 40 gas tractor it should bring up some info and images.
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If you can make it to Goessel, Kansas the first full weekend of August you can see one up close and personal. Owned by Jerry Toews of Goessel, everyone welcome and glad to see there.
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There's a couple up at Rollag too.
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This 40-65 sometimes shows up at Geneseo IL

I have a LOT of pictures of it myself from before it was repainted, but they're all stored away in my old computer so I did a quick search and found this one of Paul Searl's from the 2011 show and cropped it down a little.

It is a Local tractor to that area having been hauled in by rail and then driven to the farm where it still remains today.

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And I forgot to mention.... This one ^ has Power Steering which is powered by a pair of friction drive wheels off the pulley on the opposite side of the tractor.

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Default Re: Reeves 40 tractor

the Geneseo Reeves only comes out occasionally unfortunately and hasn't been the last few years. We are hoping it comes out again.



This one at Rollag was freshly restored last year, there is a couple of spots with the Reeves in this video starting at the 9:20 mark. the engine on these was the same as the Twin Cities which is also in the video.

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I have run the reeves 40 in Kansas. They are a beast. Hard to steer.
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Here is the McLean family reeves. Same family since new, they also still have the 10 bottom jd gang plow it pulled. This picture is in rollag. 2015
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Thanks everyone for the pictures and information. What time period were the 40 Reeves built? My cousin and I are trying to peace together my Great Great Grandfathers threshing history. He owned a 16 hp Reeves steam engine then trade it for a 20 hp Reeves engine this may have been the next tractor he purchased later he had a Port Huron then an Advanced steam engine then went to a Twin City Tractor. Thanks Gregg L.
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