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Comments for 1959 Fuel Cell Tractor
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ohio wrote on Thursday, September 04, 2008 (PDT):
  • And those jokers in green were still building 2 poppers that had to have built in 4 cylinders to start them;P
    Ralph from NY wrote on Thursday, September 04, 2008 (PDT):
  • Lets hear about the cost.
    DiyDave wrote on Thursday, September 04, 2008 (PDT):
  • If it had been feasible, JD would have stolen it already! I've seen this tractor, though not in action, though. Every once in a while the Smitsonian Institute loans it out to a museum or farm show, I think its back home now.
    I wrote on Thursday, September 04, 2008 (PDT):
  • looks like a big carter disc on a tractor frame
    John Rennix wrote on Friday, September 05, 2008 (PDT):
  • picture is not fake!!!! I'm a ex A-C employee and saw this unit
    ohio wrote on Friday, September 05, 2008 (PDT):
  • They used the fuel cell tech. for the space program. they were showcasing their work, and they built a golf cart, a submarine, and a forklift, too. (I think)
    little john wrote on Friday, September 05, 2008 (PDT):
  • What happened to it? Was it too expensive?
    larry from Md wrote on Friday, September 05, 2008 (PDT):
  • I have seen this tractor in person too. I think the big problem was you had to use oxegen + propane, so a farmer would need to buy 2 gases to run it. The gas tanks are removed from the tractor now. I believe the fellow said it could run on regular gas if was clean and had no additives.
    Wayne wrote on Friday, September 05, 2008 (PDT):
  • Yes I also saw this tractor when it was new at the Minnesota State Fair and again at Rollag some years ago,
    Eocsor wrote on Friday, September 05, 2008 (PDT):
  • .serit eht no dum on si ereht
    ericlb wrote on Saturday, September 06, 2008 (PDT):
  • it may have not been cost effective then but what about now? i wonder what the tractors service life would have been, maybe a long time?
    RoyJ wrote on Saturday, September 06, 2008 (PDT):
  • A little more research on the tractor brought out the fact that the alkaline type fuel cell was easily poisoned by the impurities in the propane fuel they ran it on in those days. I doubt if they ever got more than a few hundred hours on the cells. Running it on pure hydrogen might be a different story.
    TexasWren wrote on Thursday, September 11, 2008 (PDT):
  • "PURE" is the operative word, even today. Hydrogen has to be ultra-pure to keep from contaminating fuel cells, which is one reason there aren't any commercial fuel-cell cars on the road right now. The other reason is cost. If this tractor cost less than half a million to build, I'd be real surprised.
    scott ibeling wrote on Saturday, December 06, 2008 (PST):
  • hydrogen--not propane--its in a minnesota museum--
    JMS/MN wrote on Saturday, August 14, 2010 (PDT):
  • Currently in a museum in Hutchinson, MN, near the Upper Midwest AC showgrounds.

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