Video: This Tractor Comes To Life With the Help of a Shotgun Shell

Ever had to start a vehicle by striking a shotgun shell with a hammer? Well, if you want to start up a vintage Field Marshal tractor, it's a necessary part of the start-up process.

Sure, it may be a blank cartridge, but that doesn't make the process any less unusual.

Tom Suddard
Tom Suddard Director of Marketing & Digital Assets
10/28/20 2:10 p.m.

So that's why diesel owners leave them running all the time!

sir_mike New Reader
10/28/20 3:35 p.m.

Is it a single cyl.motor?? 

noddaz UltraDork
10/28/20 5:00 p.m.

What a long way we have come.

Thank you for posting that.  That is really interesting.

03Panther Dork
10/28/20 11:36 p.m.

That was a thing for some radial airplane engines as well.

Toyman01 (Moderately Supportive Dude)
Toyman01 (Moderately Supportive Dude) MegaDork
10/29/20 6:48 a.m.

I bet these guys wish they could use a shotgun shell.


Floating Doc (Forum Supporter)
Floating Doc (Forum Supporter) UberDork
10/29/20 7:06 a.m.

The tanks, are they turning over the entire reciprocating assembly, or are they just spinning the flywheel?

Toyman01 (Moderately Supportive Dude)
Toyman01 (Moderately Supportive Dude) MegaDork
10/29/20 7:18 a.m.

In reply to Floating Doc (Forum Supporter) :

Looks like they are spinning up a flywheel to me. 


stafford1500 Dork
10/29/20 8:15 a.m.

There were some early aircraft turbine engines that included a similar shot shell starter system for use as an inflight restart or un-manned field start procedure. One shot, literally< to get it up and running again.

CJ (He's Just an FS)
CJ (He's Just an FS) HalfDork
10/29/20 10:20 a.m.
03Panther Dork
10/29/20 2:42 p.m.

I was actually thinking of that scene as I typed it, though I was aware of such a thing already. I actually was not aware of they movie till the re boot came out. Original is better!

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