Patrick Ertel

About Patrick Ertel

Patrick Ertel is the editor and founder of Antique Power magazine.

Port Huron’s Little-Known Gas Tractor
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Paul Searle shared his Port Huron research and expertise with us in the July/August 2015 issue of Antique Power. Although little is known about its gas tractors, the Port Huron Engine and Thresher Co. is by no means an unknown firm, as Port Huron steam traction engines have long found their way to shows to delight crowds. In 1915, Port Huron announced its new 12-25 gas tractor, an entry into the light tractor category recently populated by such machines as … Read the rest of the story…

Flour City – July/August 2015 Cover Story
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The Flour City on the July/August 2015 issue of Antique Power magazine may well be the oldest production tractor in America. As such, it is a fascinating machine, whose history is shrouded in mystery. Its creator, Owen Brooke Kinnard, was apparently too busy inventing new machinery to keep records. I enjoyed photographing and researching it for this cover story, as well as visiting with its restorers. What else is in this issue? Features What Did the Ruthardt Brothers Do Now?  … Read the rest of the story…

John Deere 4000 – May/June 2015 Cover Story
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The John Deere 4000, a beautifully restored example of which is on the May/June 2015 issue of Antique Power magazine, perfectly illustrates the “less is more” rule. JD’s 4020, which came out in 1964, had everything the modern farmer needed, but it grew more expensive with every new sales season. In 1969, JD offered a new, stripper version it called the 4000. I enjoyed researching and writing about Lenny Mecca’s 1972 4000 and watching Bill Struth photograph it in Florida … Read the rest of the story…

The Lone Little Oak – March/April 2015 Cover Story
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The Little Oak tractor that graces the cover of the March/April 2015 issue of Antique Power magazine is the only known survivor of a Minnesota-based manufacturer that disappeared many decades ago. It was advertised as a “one-man” tractor at a time when most plow rigs required a crew of men. I enjoyed getting to view the “pride of Willmar” in person during the magazine’s photo shoot. It is quite a piece of history. What else is in this issue? Features German … Read the rest of the story…

Hart-Parr 30-60 – November/December 2014 Cover Story
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This 1914 Hart-Parr 30-60 is our “Century Tractor” for 2014. George Schaaf bought it at an auction in 2009 and spent considerable time restoring it. I photographed it for the cover of the November/December 2014 issue of Antique Power magazine. It represents the end of the big plowing engine market and the end of an era in mechanized farming. Be sure to read the full story and see all of the photos in the print version of the magazine. Click … Read the rest of the story…

Huber Light Four
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I interviewed Jim Hulse of Orange, Ontario, about his Huber Light Four tractor for the September/October 2014 issue of Antique Power. The Light Four name referred to the tractor’s powerplant, which was a 4-cylinder L-head Waukesha engine. Huber advertised that its Light Four model could till an acre of land per hour at a plowing speed of 2.43 miles per hour. Jim showed me his photo album that includes a picture of the tractor as it looked nearly half a … Read the rest of the story…

Minneapolis-Moline ZTS – September/October 2014 Cover Story
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This 1941 Minneapolis-Moline ZTS tractor is a rarity owned by Frank Loveland of Hendersonville, North Carolina. I photographed it for the cover of the September/October 2014 issue of Antique Power magazine. To be flexible enough for different fuels, its RE engine featured a detachable spacer in the head that could be used to alter the compression ratio. What else is in this issue? Features The Working 1940 John Deere Model L The Huber Light Four Photo Album The Accidental Tractor … Read the rest of the story…