Self Propelled Rotary Cultivator, a Canadian Invention

Robert Romaine, of Montreal, Quebec, Canada, developed/invented the self propelled rotary Cultivator in 1855. Basically a tractor-like vehicle, propelled by a steam engine, which also powered the rotary cultivating blades.

For More Information:

  • Patent No. 481
  • Wikipedia – Cultivator
    A cultivator is any of several types of farm implement used for secondary tillage. One sense of the name refers to frames with the teeth (also called shanks) that pierce the soil as they are dragged through it linearly. Another sense refers to machines that use rotary motion of disks or teeth to accomplish a similar result. The rotary tiller is a principle example.
  • Early rotary tillers — other makes
    Around 1845 an English lawyer named Hoskyns wrote: “It seems inefficient to utilise the rotating power of the steam engine for pulling a plough; it would be better to cultivate the soil by means of rotating tools.”
      Robert Romaine
      Montreal, Quebec, Canada

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