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The Spork Tractor (Avery Ro-Trak)

avery-ro-trakThe tractor that I’m about to show you today is one I lovingly refer to as “The Spork of Tractors.” Produced by Avery Farm Equipment as their go-big-or-go-home attempt to save the company, the tractor was a fascinating concept that never really took off. Like a spork, it was intended to be a two-in-one solution for farmers who could only afford one tractor. With a jack and a half-hour of work (so the advertisements said), the tractor could be easily converted from a wide-front to narrow-front configuration. The rear wheels could be set at a variety of treads as well, allowing one tractor to plant and cultivate a wide selection of crops.

The tractor, if you haven’t guessed by now, is the Avery Ro-Trak. Because it lacked a conventional front end, springs were included in the vertical tubes.

The tractor boasted a powerful 6-cylinder Hercules engine. Some owners have complained that the engine is too powerful for the differential gears and report that they failed often. Other complaints include difficulty steering and under-powered brakes. Perhaps Avery could have fixed these problems if they had more time and money – but the company’s weakened financial state no doubt made innovation difficult.

While it’s an interesting concept, the tractor never took off. Production ceased with the start of World War 2. Avery had already gone through a succession of reorganizations and didn’t resurface after the war.

Today, the Ro-Trak tractor is highly collectible. It’s such a unique piece of innovation! Have you ever seen one?

1952 MM Avery V

Charles-Hughes

Submitted by: Charles Hughes

This tractor sat in one barn for 15 years and then sat in another barn for 10 years. I bought it and totally rebuilt it, new seals, bearings where needed, sandblasted and engine rebuilt. I do all my own work except for engine machining. It is now easier to get parts for tractors than it was years ago.

Thanks to Steiners for your help.

Chuck Hughes

 

Honorable Mention – General to Avery

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General to Avery.

My father purchased a General which we believe is a 1939-1941 and I grew up on that tractor from age 5 or 6.  I couldn't reach the clutch so I slid ahead of the seat on the transmission platform and by wedging my back against the seat, I could push the clutch which I later had to have back surgery to correct the injury.  The Tractor was sold at his sale and my brother later found who purchased it and bought it back.  My son then purchased it from my brother and we just had the motor rebuilt and are in the process of redoing it, hopefully this summer it will be done.  

In the mean time, I purchase and Avery A (1947) and restored it as it was almost the same as the Avery A being redone 1-08 006 General.  I also have an Avery Twin Row but have not restored it.  Both the A and the Twin Row have the origional Wards tires and is all origional.  I do have more of the restoration pictures iif you would like them.  The General is worn much more and my father had replaced the engine as the old one wore out along with the tires.

It is great to have these tractors that have had such a part of our lives and history.

Hayden Stone
Deckerville, MI

Weekly Featured Products

JDS093  JOHN DEERE PTO DRIVE GEAR — Back in Stock!

Fits John Deere: 420, 430, 435, 440  

Replaces: JD: M3546T

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JDS094 JOHN DEERE PTO DRIVEN GEAR — Back in Stock!

Fits John Deere: 420, 430, 435, 440

Replaces: JD M3545T

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IHS900 INSTRUMENT LIGHT LENS (DASH LAMP LENS)

Fits International: 460, 560, 660

Dimensions & Notes: PLASTIC

Replaces: 371204R1

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ABC563 BAIL ASSEMBLY w/ NUT — Fits Many Brands & Models!

Fits:

Allis Chalmers: B, IB, C, CA, D10, D12, D14, D15 GAS (UP TO SN 9001), D17 GAS (UP TO SN 4200)

Avery: A, BF, R, V

Case: SOME D, S, V & VA SERIES

Cockshutt: 20, 30 & 540

Ford: 9N, 2N, 8N, NAA & JUBILEE

International: A, B, C & SUPER, 100, 130, 140, 200, 230, 240, 340, 404, 454, I 460, 464, 504, 544, 574, 606, I656, 674, CUB & CUB LOBOY

John Deere: L, LA, M, 40, 320, 330, 420, 430, 440, 1010

Massey Ferguson: TO20, TO30, 35, 40, 50, 60, 65, 85 & 88 GAS

Massey Harris: PONY & PACER

MM: 335, 445, JET STAR 3, 3 STAR, JETSTAR 4, 4 STAR, 5 STAR, M5, M602, M60

Oliver: 60, 66, 660, 880, 770, 88, 70, 77, 80, SUPER 66, SUPER 660, SUPER 880, SUPER 770, SUPER 88, SUPER 77, SUPER 55, 550, 1550, 1555, 1600, 1650, 1655, 1750, 1755, 1850, 1855, 1950T, 1955, 2050, 2150, 99; WHITE 2-44, 2-70

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ABC564 ZENITH MAIN JET ADJUSTING NEEDLE ASSEMBLY — Fits many Brands & Models!

Fits:

Allis Chalmers: SOME WC, WF, WD, D10, D12

Case: SOME C, CC, D, DC, DI, DO, DV, R, RC, S, SC, SI, SO, VA, VAC, VAI, VAO, 400

Cockshutt: SOME 20, 30, 40, 50, 540, E2, E3, E4, E5

Ford: SOME NAA, NAB, JUBILEE, 600, 601, 611, 620, 621, 630, 631, 640, 641, 650, 651, 660, 661, 671, 681

International: SOME A, AV, B, BN, C, SUPER A, SUPER AV, SUPER AV1, SUPER C, 100, 130, 200, 230, & SOME POWER UNITS

Massey Ferguson: SOME TO20, TE20

Massey Harris: SOME 44, 44-6, 44 SPL, 444, 55, 555

Minneapolis Moline: SOME V, VT, VTC, VTS, VTU, VTN, VTE, G, GB, GTA, GTB, GTC

Oliver: SOME 70

Other Info: Additional Power Units with listed carburetors.

Notes: Please make sure that your carburetor is in the list below!

FITS THE FOLLOWING ZENITH CARBURETORS: S560, S560A, S664, S664A, S717, S717A, S717B, S717C, S717D, S717E, S732, S732A, S732B, S732C, S732D, S933, S948, S949, S949A, S949C, S949D, S956, S956A, S956C, S956D, S972, S986, S986A, S986B, S986C, S986D, S986E, S986F, S986G, S994, S994A, S994B, S1007, S1010, S1010A, S1043, S1043A, S1156, S1156A, S1156C, S1156D, S1171, S1171A, S1171B, S1172, S1172A, S1172C, S1172D, S1214, S1214A, S1214B, S1221, S1221A, S1224, S1224A, S1224B, S1224C, S1234, S1241, S1241A, S1241B, S1285, S1285A, S1285B, S129A, S1434, S1438, S1438A, S1453, S1491, S1491A, S1491B, S1491C, S1492, S1492A, S1494, S1494A, S1512, S1512A, S1512B, S1512D, S1520, S1520A, S1538, S1538A, S1538B, S1538C, S1539, S1540, 8543, 8543A, 9449, 9449A, 9544, 9572, 9622, 9658, 9698, 9707, 9712, 9712A, 9712B, 9712C, 9712D, 9739, 9739A, 9749, 9792, 9792A, 9792C, 9801, 9801A, 9801B, 9801C, 9801D, 9801E, 9850, 9850A, 9937, 9954, 9954A, 9954B, 9954C, 9995, 9995A, 9995C, 9997, 9997A, 08964A, 08964B, 09667, 09667A, 10002, 10004, 10004A, 10004B, 10012, 10012A, 10085, 10085A, 10091, 10091A, 10117, 10129, 10129A, 10131, 10131A, 10134, 10134A, 10135, 10135A, 10136, 10149, 10149A, 10150, 10150D, 10152, 10154, 10154A, 10154B, 10154C, 10155, 10155A, 10156, 10156A, 10156B, 10172, 10172A, 10172B, 10173, 10173A, 10173B, 10174, 10174A, 10174B, 10175, 10175A, 10175B, 10176, 10176A, 10176B, 10205, 10205A, 10209, 10209A, 10209B, 10212, 10216, 10216A, 10216B, 10183, 10184, 10186, 10218, 10218A, 10218B, 10219, 10224, 10226, 10279, 10279B, 10283, 10283A, 10283B, 10285, 10285A, 10285B, 10289, 10295, 10297, 10297A, 10297B, 10297C, 10303, 10315, 10315A, 10315B, 10319, 10319A, 10393, 10426, 10426A, 10426B, 10426C, 10426D, 10426E, 10432, 10432A, 10441, 10441A, 10444, 10445, 10457, 10457A, 10457B, 10461, 10461A, 10461B, 10461C, 10461D, 10478, 10478A, 10478B, 10478C, 10478D, 10478E, 10502, 10502A, 10522, 10522A, 10535, 10535A, 10535B, 10536, 10536A, 10537, 10537A, 10537B, 10537C, 10537D, 10570, 10570A, 10570B, 10571, 10571A, 10586, 10586A, 10628, 10628A, 10645, 10645A, 10646, 10646A, 10648, 10662, 10662A, 10662B, 10664, 10664A, 10704, 10741, 10741A, 10741B, 10741C, 10748, 10748A, 10748B, 10748C, 10748D, 10756, 10756A, 10759, 10759A, 10759B, 10776, 10786, 10786A, 10790, 10790A, 10790B, 10809, 10811, 10814, 10816, 10816A, 10816B, 10847, 10857, 10859, 10907, 10907A, 10907B, 10907C, 10907D, 10926, 10926A, 10932, 10932A, 10946, 10946A, 10953, 10953A, 10955, 10955A, 10955B, 10955C, 10961, 10981, 11017, 11017A, 11022, 11040, 11040A, 11049, 11049A, 11049B, 11049C, 11074, 11074A, 11080, 11106, 11106A, 11135, 11140, 11140A, 11146, 11146A, 11153, 11243, 11243A, 11243B, 11257, 11257A, 11286, 11294, 11295, 11296, 11317, 11335, 11335A, 11335B, 11339, 11339A, 11340, 11340A, 11372, 11372A, 11383, 11403, 11403A, 11403B, 11403C, 11425, 11443, 11443A, 11464, 11464A, 11464B, 11465, 11489, 11489A, 11506, 11509, 11510, 11512, 11512A, 11512B, 11512C, 11523, 11523A, 11524, 11524A, 11536, 11536A, 11536B, 11537, 11570, 11570A, 11593, 11594, 11594A, 11595, 11603, 11603A, 11603B, 11611, 11629, 11629A, 11629B, 11632, 11633, 11635, 11635A, 11650, 11650A, 11662, 11662A, 11662B, 11678, 11678A, 11678B, 11688, 11706, 11706A, 11708, 11711, 11729, 11750A, 11767, 11796, 11796A, 11826, 11826A, 11835, 11837, 11883, 11898, 11904, 11904A, 11926, 11926A, 11926B, 11927, 11937, 11937A, 11937B, 11937C, 11937D, 11938, 11948, 11956, 11979, 11998, 12019, 12019A, 12019B, 12023, 12024, 12037, 12068, 12068A, 12080, 12080A, 12108, 12108D, 12120, 12124, 12125, 12129, 12147, 12163, 12167, 12169, 12180, 12188, 12188A, 12188B, 12188C, 12188D, 12188E, 12199, 12199A, 12199B, 12199C, 12205, 12222, 12223, 12228, 12235, 12235A, 12235B, 12235C, 12239, 12239A, 12239B, 12247, 12247A, 12252, 12262A, 12262B, 12262C, 12272, 12295, 12300, 12300A, 12300B, 12300C, 12300D, 12300E, 12304, 12304A, 12323, 12329A, 12331, 12334, 12341, 12341A, 12341B, 12342, 12342A, 12342B, 12350, 12371, 12371A, 12373, 12373A, 12373B, 12375, 12375A, 12375B, 12376, 12377, 12377A, 12387, 12387A, 12401, 12409, 12410, 12422, 12446, 12486, 12517, 12543, 12543A, 12545, 12545A, 12556, 12577, 12599, 12599A, 12599B, 12615, 12632, 12660, 12717, 12747, 12748, 12749, 12773, 12790, 12796, 12799, 12956, 12982, 13007, 13009, 13094, 13096, 13098, 13199, 13238, 13246, 13308, 13309, 13324, 13653, 13718, 13749, 13751, 13876, 14008, 14012, 14019, 14020

Replaces: 71-21 (FITS FOLLOWING CARBS: 61, 68, 161, 162 SERIES)

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JDS1073 PREMIUM CARBURETOR REPAIR KIT —

  • Fits John Deere: A, AN, ANH, AWH
  • Notes: 39 PIECE KIT INCLUDES: THROTTLE PLATE, THROTTLE SHAFT, BOWL NUT SPRING, THROTTLE SHADT BUSHING & PACKING, BRASS PLUGS, FLOAT PIN, BUTTERFLY SCREWS, GASKETS, STAINLESS NEEDLE & SEAT, DRAIN PTECOCK, BAFFLE (BOWL/VENT)

Replaces: THROTTLE SHAFT-AR10058R, NEEDLE & SEAT-AR10077R, THROTTLE BUSHINGS-R10114R, THROTTLE DISC-R10024R, RETURNING SPRING-R10078R, DRAIN PETCOCK-AR10075R, CHOKE SPRING-R10079R, BRAKE PLUGS-R10067R, BRASS PLUG-R10045R, BRASS PLUGS-15-233, BRASS PLUG-B1107R, THROTTLE SHAFT PLUG-R10151R, WASHER-R10147R, BAFFLE BOWL VENT-R10163R, BRASS PLUG-R10150R, BRASS PLUG-R10149R, SCREW LEVER ADJUSTING-21H994R, FLOAT PIVOT PIN-R10049R, SCREWS-21H971R, LOCKWASHERS-12H64R, SCREWS-21H962R, WASHERS-A765R, BOWL GASKET-R10026R, BOWL NUT GASKET-R10089R, BOWL NUT GASKET-R10014R, CHOKE LEVER GASKET-R10090R, FUEL STRAINER GASKET-R10025R, THROTTLE SHAFT PACKING-R10114R, CHOKE COVER GASKET-R10091R, CARB TO MANIFOLD GASKET-321R, CARB TO AIR INLET GASKET-D1034, SEAT GASKET-R10172R

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JDS1077 PREMIUM CARBURETOR REPAIR KIT  

Fits John Deere: A, AN, ANH, AWH, D, G, GM, GW, GN, GH; DLTX 16-63

Notes: 33 PIECE KIT INCLUDES: THROTTLE PLATE, THROTTLE SHAFT, BOW NUT SPRING, THROTTLE SHAFT BUSHINGS & PACKING, BRASS PLUGS, FLOAT PIN, BUTTERFLY SCREWS, GASKETS, STAINLESS NEEDLE & SEAT & DRAIN PETCOCK

Replaces: NEEDLE & SEAT-AR10077R, THROTTLE SHAFT-R10061R, THROTTLE DISC-R10024R, THROTTLE BUSHINGS-R10139R, DRAIN PETCOCK-AR10075R, RETAINING SPRING-R10078R, FLOAT PIVOT PIN-R10049R, WASHER-R10147, PLUG-R10151R, SCREWS-21H971R, LOCK WASHERS-12H64R, SCREWS-21H962R, LOCK WASHERS-A765R, BRASS PLUGS-R10067R, BRASS PLUG-R10045R, BRASS PLUGS-15-233, BRASS PLUG-B1107R, PACKING THROTTLE SHAFT-R10114R, SEAT GASKET-R10172R, STRAINER GASKET-R10025R, BOWL NUT GASKET-R10014R, BOWL NUT GASKET (G ONLY)-R10089R, BOWL GASKET-R10026R, CARB TO AIR INLET GASKET-D1034R, CARB TO MANIFOLD GASKET-321R

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JDS1079 PREMIUM CARBURETOR REPAIR KIT

Fits John Deere: B, BN, BNH, BW, BWH

Notes: 33 PIECE KIT INCLUDES: THROTTLE PLATE, THROTTLE SHAFT, BOWL BUT SPRING, THROTTLE SHAFT BUSHINGS & PACKING, BRASS PLUGS, FLOAT PIN, GASKETS, STAINLESS NEEDLE 7 SEAT, DRAIN PETCOCK, BUTTERFLY SCREWS

FITS FOLLOWING MARVEL SCHEBLER CARBURETORS: DLTX34

Replaces: NEEDLE & SEAT-AR10077R, THROTTLE SHAFT-R10061R, THROTTLE DISC-R10028R, THROTTLE BUSHINGS-R10138R, DRAIN PETCOCK-AR10075R, RETAINING SPRING-R10078R, FLOAT PIVOT PIN-R10049R, WASHER-R10147R, BRASS PLUGS-R10067R, BRASS PLUG-R10045R, BRASS PLUG-15-233, BRASS PLUG-R10041R, PLUG-80-175, SCREWS-21H971R, LOCK WASHERS-12H64R, SCREWS-21H962, LOCKWASHERS-A765R, BOWL GASKET-R10026R, BOWL NUT GASKET-R10089R, BOWL NUT GASKET-R10014R, STRAINER GASKET-R10025R, THROTTLE PACKING-R10114R, SEAT GASKET-R10172R, CARB TO AIR INLET GASKET-D1034R, CARB TO MANIFOLD GASKET-321R

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JDS676 4.5" CLAMP RING W/ SCREW — Fits many AC, IH, JD, Oliver & More!

Fits:

Allis Chalmers: LATE D-15, D-21, 160, 170, 175, 180, 185, 190, 190XT, 200, 210, 220, 6040, 7030, 7050

Cockshutt: 540 (SN AP1001 & UP), 560 (SN CO7001 & UP), 570 (SN DO7001 & UP)

International: CUB (SN: 210001 & UP), CUB LO-BOY (SN: 10001 & UP), 140, 240, 340, 460, 560, 660

John Deere: 520, 530, 730D, 620 STD / ORCHARD (GAS / LP; SN 6213100 & UP), 630 STD, 720 STD (GAS / ALL FUEL / LP; SN 7214900 & UP), 720 DSL STD ELECTRIC START (SN 7222600 & UP), 720 DSL ROWCROP ELECTRIC START (SN 7222600 & UP), 730 STD (GAS / LP / ALL FUEL), 820 ELECTRIC START (SN 8203100 & UP), 830 ELECTRIC START

Minneapolis Moline: 335

Oliver: 550 (SN 60501 & UP), 660, 770 (SN 81629 & UP), 880 (SN 81629 & UP), 950, 990, 995

Info: FITS THE ORIGINAL LAMPS FOR THE FOLLOWING LAMP APPLICATIONS: JDS468, JDS579, JDS580, JDS581, JDS582, ABC525

Replaces: AC: 230233, 70230233 — IH: 371445R91, 371449R91, 371451R91