Galion Leaning Wheel Grader No.12

in Proof of Brain3 months ago (edited)

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Earlier this year on a couple walks near the small airport in our town we ran across this antique grader. It looks like it is fully functional and ready to go to work. Might be a little training required for the operator though. This machine has a lot going on. :)

It is a Galion Leaning Wheel Grader No.12. Probaby manufactured sometime in the late 1800's to ealry 1900's.


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Here is an early shot of similar type machines in action. It definitely shows the leaning wheel feature in use. It appears to show two machines being pulled along by a larger tractor like piece of machinery as they excavate the ditch.

I like how everyone in the picture is staring at the camera. Not sure which of the newer technologies they are more amazed by. :)

You might also be able to derive a hint of the different socioeconomic status of the groups in the shot. ;)



A couple shots of the overall machine. It must have been quite revolutionary when they decided to add an engine and start making these machines self propelled.

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And finally a few shots attempting to highlight some of the many workings of the machine. Lots of cranks, wheels and gears for the operator to achieve his desired effect. Really some incredible design to give the operator full control from his position on the machine.


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Photos taken by me, @oldmans, with a Nikon D3300 and some Lightroom post processing.

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That thing is very cool. How much would something like that be worth? You'd think there would be some collector out there who would love to restore it. Maybe that's where it is now? Thanks for sharing. I love looking at historical things. Makes it even more amazing when you see how far technology has come in the last 150 years.

I found a smaller one online that sold for $1500, not sure about condition. This one looks to be in pretty good shape but I don't know much about them.

You'd think there would be some collector out there who would love to restore it. Maybe that's where it is now?

I think you are probably right on that. I live in a community of a lot of rich retiree's. I'm sure restoring an old road grader would be right up their alley. ;)