Farm & Ranch Living

Low Tech, High Returns

For some farmers, these tools are paving the road back to basics.

- BY JILL GLEESON

For some growers, these tools are paving the road back to basics.

They aren’t the prettiest farm implements you’ll ever see, that’s for sure.

Minuscule (certainly when compared to behemoths like the popular John Deere 9620RX), this new breed of tractors is inspired by the iconic Allis-Chalmers Model G, and they more closely resemble souped-up dune buggies than equipment meant to revolution­ize small-scale farming. But micro machines from brands like Oggoen and Tilmor are no joke, no matter how “goofy looking”—as one grower calls his tractor—they are. For some small farmers, this new generation of old-school ag tools has proven incredibly helpful, enabling folks to affordably mechanize labor previously done by hand.

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 ??  ?? Lydell Steiner, project leader at Tilmor Tractor, operates the Tilmor 520 at Kretschman­n Family Organic Farm in Rochester, Pennsylvan­ia.
Lydell Steiner, project leader at Tilmor Tractor, operates the Tilmor 520 at Kretschman­n Family Organic Farm in Rochester, Pennsylvan­ia.

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