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Antique Miscellaneous Tractor: Avery 5-10

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Avery 5-10 Tractor


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Jean-Marie Bourque wrote on Sunday, February 14, 2010 (PST):
  • I have a 1950 Massey Harris 22 tractor for salle 1000
    Jim Whittome wrote on Thursday, February 11, 2010 (PST):
  • Our group is restoring an Avery 5-10 Where is the serial number and is this cross referenced to a year Is there any manuals available We are looking for valve clearance, etc. Can any one help
    Tree Crusoe wrote on Wednesday, July 01, 2009 (PDT):
  • The Avery pictured at the top of this board is NOT a 1910. They were not produced until 1915 and very few of those remain. Most are 1916 and later.
    jim brooks wrote on Sunday, March 16, 2008 (PDT):
  • i recently bought an antique cast iron tractor seat. around the top rim it has. san francisco/baker+hamilton/sacramento,then in the middle it has champion.and ond the other side it has the number 731. can you tell me what its worth or how i can find out sincerly jim brooks
    Bob Olson wrote on Sunday, October 28, 2007 (PST):
  • I have a 5-10 Avery.1918 in perfect running condition.my dad bought it in 1955 saved it from going for scrap gave it to me for my 12th birthday ,so if my math is correct i ve had it for 52 years , been to many shows here in British Columbia and have not seen another one running . there is one at the fort langley ,machinery museum but is in poor shape , engine cracked and parts missing. I also saw one at Brooks,Oregon that looks like the one in the photo but is un restored.mine is a bit different than the one shown .it has the seat on a swivel,aft of the rear axle, three speed transmission,magneto ignition.I have gathered a bit of literature over the years and one catalog shows a picture that looks like mine.It s NOT for sale but I have wondered if any appraisals have ever been done or does anyone know what others have sold for.I will get a photo posted soon when my kids show me how . capt.Bob Olson
    Unknown wrote on Wednesday, March 21, 2007 (PST):
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    Jessica wrote on Tuesday, March 13, 2007 (PST):
  • I am looking for the seat from an avery tractor that has the name AVERY on the back. My son s name is Avery, I had no idea it was a tractor at the time. My parents bought him an Avery model V. I would like to find this seat to make him a keep sake other than just his tractor. If you have any info please e-mail me at jlstalford at sbcglobal.net
    scscvcbbcv wrote on Wednesday, March 07, 2007 (PST):
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    MARCY BAKER wrote on Thursday, November 09, 2006 (PST):
  • I HAVE A CAST IRON TRACTOR SEAT. WHICH HAS THE NAME AVERY INPLEMETED IN THE SEAT, COULD ANYONE GIVE ME SOME INFORMATION ON WHAT I HAVE, HOW OLD OR WHAT IT GOES TO OR JUST ANYTHING YOU MAY KNOW. IT DOES HAVE ON THE SEAT J79 NOT SURE WHAT THIS MEANS EITHER. THANK YOU FOR ANY HELP YOU MAY CAN GIVE ME. THANK YOU MARCY BAKER MBAKER1958 at YAHOO.COM
    George Jones. Wanganui New Zealand wrote on Thursday, November 17, 2005 (PST):
  • Re Avery 5-10. My father purchased the farm from Waldies and the Avery 5-10 came with it. It was never used by my father and just stayed parked up in a shed and under some trees. We played on it as kids. It would be correct to say it has done very little work as there was little flat land on the Waldies farm. The farm was sold to the neighbours in 1968 and the Avery stayed put eventually finding its way into the hands of Simon Pearce. I think it had a updraft carb riginally and a trembler coil ignition set up.
    Paul F. Barrett wrote on Wednesday, September 17, 2003 (PDT):
  • I have seen 2 5-10 Averys sold in the midwest this past year and a half. I have decided to sell mine. If anyone is interested, please email me.
    rj wrote on Sunday, July 06, 2003 (PDT):
  • dose any one have this tractor for sale or trade
    Kent Atkinson wrote on Thursday, October 10, 2002 (PDT):
  • My name is Kent Atkinson and I am a reporter with a New Zealand news agency. I have two groups of people making competing claims about an Avery 5-10 tractor. One says it was probably made/imported in 1910, but the other group, which has a vested interest in making it seem more commonplace (and so able to be exported) claims that it was only produced from 1916. This seems to be at odds with the picture on this website of a 1910 version. Any (brief) suggestions? Also, mention is made in one of the stories of an Avery 5-10 being sold in the United States in the past week -- can anybody tell me approximately how much it sold for in US dollars or is there some other indicationof the dollar value of an Avery 5-10? Thanks - I've included the two stories below; Wanganui, Sept 18 - Vintage tractor enthusiasts are battling to have Minister of Arts, Culture and Heritage Judith Tizard use the Antiquities Act to declare a rare old tractor should not be exported by its Irish purchaser. The ministry declined the export permit in July, but Irish owner Gerry King has appealed and a spokeswoman for the ministry, Margaret Marks, said today the decision was now in the hands of Ms Tizard. This is the first time the ministry has declined an export permit for a tractor of this nature, and if Mr King's appeal is unsuccessful, the ministry will order the rare Avery tractor stay in New Zealand. Rural contractor Roger Mahon, a critic of the efforts to ship out a crucial piece of the nation's history, said the tractor was the only known model of its kind in New Zealand and was one of the earliest tractors to come to this country. The rare friction-driven machine was imported to New Zealand by Wanganui-based company Hatrick and Co during the very early years of last century. It was reputed to be the first tractor to arrive in Wanganui. Further checks worldwide have only located one other in the United States and that was claimed to have been made in 1910. Mr Mahon said its model designation of 5-10 referred to five horsepower at the drawbar, and 10 horsepower on a belt pulley. Its transmission was a friction-drive, a right-angled flange wheel against a large flat faceplate. The transmission drive flange had a fibre outer surface that could be disengaged simply by moving it away from the driving faceplate. The tractor's speed could be varied by moving the drive closer to the centre of the plate, for a slow speed, and out to the outer edge to go faster. For ``reverse gear'' the drive switched to the opposite side of the flange plate. ``Friction drives were simple and gave a variation of speeds when most other tractors had only one forward gear,'' Mr Mahon said. ``The Avery did a lot of farm work from ploughing, discing and pulling hay carts to sawbench work,'' Mr Mahon said. To use the belt pulley. with the tractor stationary, a locking pin and transmission drive cog had to be removed. The New Zealand model has had a more modern carburettor and magneto fitted but started out life with trembler buzz coils similar to Ford's Model T, powered by dry batteries.  Mr Mahon said the mid-mounted seating position was only common to the earliest of tractors, as were totally exposed drive gears to the rear wheels. It was discovered nearly 30 years ago through a chance meeting in Levin. Mr Mahon was a contractor on a rural water scheme for the Horowhenua District Council in 1973 when hunter Bob Burling told him of the ``funny-looking old tractor'' that had been abandoned under a collapsed shed at the head of the Waitotara Valley, near Wanganui. ``Bob had stumbled across the tractor during a hunting trip and would have loved to have bought it, but there was no way of getting it out. He took photos of it and removed the name plates, which he still has.'' A local farmer, Simon Pearce, cut an access track with a D4 bulldozer to tow the tractor back to his farm further down the valley. ``Using a few farm tools, Simon managed to get the tractor running after pouring diesel down the cylinder bores to unseize the pistons,'' Mr Mahon said.  ``He told me he used to drive it from his farm homestead out to the road to collect his mail and stores.'' During the 1970s, while installing a fibre optic cable from Levin to Patea, Mr Mahon found Mr Pearce had sold his farm. He had also sold the tractor for $300 to a Hamilton man, but he'd forgotten the buyer's name. Later Mr Mahon was told by an antique tractor enthusiast, Alan Marx from Eltham, that the very rare Avery tractor had been sold to an overseas buyer who was seeking an export permit. ``I wrote a strongly worded letter opposing the permit giving the history I had about it. It amazed me I was the only person at that stage to know where the tractor had come from and the little history about it,'' Mr Mahon said. ``After Hatrick imported it to Wanganui it was sold to the Waldie family who developed a farm from bush land at the head of the Waitotara Valley. They sold the farm about 1946. Hatrick became New Zealand agents for Avery and sold tractors and products throughout New Zealand,'' Mr Mahon said. ``Most people I have spoken to would like to see the tractor returned to Wanganui where it began life in New Zealand. ``If the people of Wanganui don't want it, I'm sure somebody in New Zealand will buy it,'' Mr Mahon said. NZPA WGC kca Timaru, Oct 11 2002 - An international tug-of-war over a rare vintage tractor being exported from New Zealand by its Irish owner is still waiting on a decision by Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister, Judith Tizard. The Ministry of Arts the Culture and Heritage declined in July an initial first application for an export permit, but owner Gerry King appealed, and vintage tractor enthusiasts who say the tractor is part of the national heritage want Ms Tizard to block the export. A spkoesman for the minister said today Ms Tizard was seeking independent advice before making the decision. The friction-driven tractor is housed at Ben Lewis' property in South Canterbury awaiting Ms Tizard's decision. Mutual friends in Northern Ireland put Mr King in touch with Mr Lewis, who in April agreed to pack the tractor ready for export. The tractor had been for sale for about four years before Mr King paid ``a considerable amount'' for it, Mr Lewis said. He would not disclose the price paid for the tractor. Mr Lewis said today there was a lot of misinformation being spread about the tractor, which would hinder the export being approved. He suggested rural contractor Roger Mahon, a critic of efforts to ship out the tractor, was wrong in thinking the tractor was the only known model of its kind in New Zealand and one of only two in the world. It was not one of the earliest tractors to come into this country, Mr Lewis said. The first tractor was imported in 1904, but Mr King's friction-driven machine was imported by Wanganui-based company Hatrick and Co around 1918, he said. The American Avery tractors of this 5-10 model were in production from 1916-1920. ``This was not the first tractor in this area, as Mr Mahon claims, and is not the only tractor of its kind,'' Mr Lewis said. ``One sold last week in America.'' Mr Lewis said several parts of the machine were not original, including the chassis rail (where the serial number indicating the tractor's age would have been written), the ignition system, side rails, engine bonnet, seats, and fuel tank. Mr Mahon claimed the tractor did a lot of farm work including ploughing and pulling plough carts, but Mr Lewis disagreed. Mr Lewis said this was misleading. There was very little wear and tear on the tractor, which indicated it had done little work. Before buying the tractor Mr King checked regulations regarding its export to Ireland and was given the ``all clear'', Mr Lewis said. ``Mr King had been supplied with incorrect information. He had done everything that should have been necessary, but now finds he was given the wrong information.'' Mr Lewis hoped once Ms Tizard learned the tractor was not as rare as Mr Mahon claimed she would approve the export permit. He said Mr King was very frustrated that he was unable to have his tractor. CAPTION; Ben Lewis with the antique tractor that enthusiasts are fighting to keep in the country.
    Paul F. Barrett wrote on Sunday, April 28, 2002 (PDT):
  • I have 5-10 Avery I think that was my fathers. He had started to restore it. I have most all the parts for it. I would be looking for information on restoring or selling.
    Paul F. Barrett wrote on Sunday, April 28, 2002 (PDT):
  • I have 5-10 Avery I think that was my fathers. He had started to restore it. I have most all the parts for it. I would be looking for information on restoring or selling.
    Lura Walker wrote on Saturday, October 06, 2001 (PDT):
  • I am looking for information on an Avery Model R tractor. Please respond, possible with Pictures..Thanks
    robert wolff wrote on Wednesday, July 25, 2001 (PDT):
  • We have an Avery 5-10 which my father began to restore 15 yrs. ago. We believe ours to be a 1915 model. Looking for an original Distributor for ours if any body out there can help.
    Rita Farrow wrote on Thursday, October 26, 2000 (PDT):
  • A member of my family has a Avery-y-series that he is giving us,if we want it,another family member who is into restoreing antique tractors,says its not the kind you want to restore,but I think it,s a real neat old tractor.what do you think
    Bryan wrote on Saturday, February 19, 2000 (PST):
  • This was Avery's entry into the light-weight tractor market. It didn't make it and is very rare today.
    trevor oester wrote on Saturday, April 24, 1999 (PDT):
  • This is my grandpas too. If you would like to get more info on it, email me. I am running short on time.


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