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Roderick Lean Company (1870-) | Historical Construction Equipment Association

Name: Roderick Lean Company (1870-)

Historical Note: Roderick Lean founded The Roderick Lean Company in 1870 to manufacture tillage implements, including what was touted as the first leverless cultivator and the first all-steel spike-tooth harrow in America. Headquartered in Mansfield, Ohio, it was hired by Harry Ferguson to produce plows for the Fordson wheel tractor in the early 1920s, and went bankrupt in 1924. It was either refinanced or reorganized, and was a Fordson dealer in 1925. In 1930, it joined with The Vulcan Plow Company, Peoria Drill & Seeder Company and Hayes Pump & Planter Company to form Farm Tools, Inc., with each of the four companies operating as a division. Farm Tools, Inc. produced the Groundhog rotary scraper under the Roderick Lean name in 1933. Farm Tools Inc. remained in business at least into the 1940s.
Sources: Vintage Ford Tractors: The Ultimate Tribute to Ford, Fordson, Ferguson, andNew Holland Tractors; Ford Tractor Implements; and Encyclopedia of American farm implements & antiques, all viewable online at http://books.google.com. Also, sales literature and http://www.farmcollector.com/Equipment/Lets-Talk-Rusty-Iron-New-Century-Pedigree.aspx.
Note Author: Thomas Berry

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