Albaugh-Dover Co.

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Albaugh-Dover Co. (Aldo)
IndustryAutomobile, Tractor, Farm implement, Gear cutting
HeadquartersChicago, Illinois, USA
Key people
Gilbert R. Albaugh
Productsautomobiles, tractors, farm implement, gears
SubsidiariesSquare Turn Tractor Company (1917-1925)[1]

The Aldo was a very simple constructed, high-wheeled, two-passenger motor buggy made by the Albaugh-Dover Co. of Chicago, Illinois in 1910, and was sold until early 1911.[2] It featured an air-cooled, opposed 2-cylinder engine[3] with 12 HP (N.A.C.C. rating of 106,9 c.i. (1752 cm³) volume.[4] Further, this vehicle had a planetary transmission with double chain drive, and tiller steering.[3] Wheel base measured 76 in. (1930 mm), the huge carriage wheels 36 × 1.5 in. It had Right hand drive.[4]

The price was $395, but very few were sold.[2] The Albaugh-Dover Co then concentrated on their farm implement (cream separators.[2][5] and gear cutting[2] business.

Share of the Square Turn Tractor Company, issued 20. December 1917

In December 1917, they moved into the production of tractors by buying the ailing Kennell-Colwell Co. in Norfolk, Nebraska[1] It was renamed the Square Turn Tractor Company and obviously was directed as a subsidiary. The traktor was sold as the Albaugh-Dover "Square Turn" from Chicago.[1][6]

It was a curious looking vehicle in a Motorized tricycle layout. Its massive 4 cylinder engine was mounted on a rear axle with large iron wheels. The driver sat behind a small, steerable iron front wheel, and directly in front of the grille.[6] The engine was a Climax[1] Model K with a bore of 5 in (127 mm), a stroke of 6½ in (165,1 mm), resulting in a volume of 510.5 c.i. (8466 cc).[7] Power was mentioned wit 18 HP on the draw bar, and 35 HP on the pulley. This engine worked with either gasoline or kerosene.[6]

The manufacturer called the vehicle's transmission Giant Grip Drive, with "no clutch to slip" and "no gear to strip".[6] This indicates a Friction drive. Base price was $1875, which included an Oliver plow. The complete vehicle weight was 7800 lb (3540 kg).[1] Albaugh-Dover mentioned that the tractor could be used by only one operator.[6]

In 1924, Albaugh-Dover was bought out by a group of former shareholders. After investing $200.000, it was reorganized as the Albaugh-Dover Manufacturing Company, and returned solely to the production of farm implement and gear cutting.[2] The Square Turn Tractor Company was sold by sheriff's order in 1925.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f Wendel, Charles H. (2005). Standard Catalog of Farm Tractors 1890-19802. Iola, IA: Krause Publications. p. 752. ISBN 9780873497268.
  2. ^ a b c d e Kimes, Beverly Rae (1996). The Standard Catalog of American Cars: 1805-1942. Iola, IA: Krause Publications. p. 1612. ISBN 0873414284.
  3. ^ a b Georgano, Nick (2000). The Beaulieu Encyclopedia of the Automobile. London: Stationery Office. p. 1792. ISBN 0117023191.
  4. ^ a b Dluhy, Robert D. (2013). American Automobiles of the Brass Era: Essential Specifications of 4,000+ Gasoline Powered Passenger Cars, 1906-1915. Jefferson, NC: Mcfarland & Co Inc. p. 210. ISBN 9780786471362.
  5. ^ "Albaugh-Dover Butterfly cream separator". The Antique Cream Separator Gallery and Info Site. Retrieved 11 December 2012.
  6. ^ a b c d e McKee, Jim. "Square Turn Tractor is a Nebraska original". Retrieved 11 December 2012.
  7. ^ "Waukesha Engine Historical Society". The Waukesha/Climax Connection. Retrieved 20 July 2015.