Austrak and Wildcat tractors are unique pieces of Aussie agricultural technology. Along with a similar product manufactured in Queensland by Toft these machines featured a wide range of implements, skid steer and hydraulic drive. Various methods were used to transmit drive to the four wheels including chains, shaft drive and hydraulic wheel motors.
Similarly the power plants were many and varied. Production ran over a considerable time period and the power plants were changed to sui9t availability and upgraded specifications.
Wildcats can be found with Wankel engines, V4 Wisconsin and (later models) with diesels. Austrak used a variety of engines starting with Italian air cooled diesels in the 40hp range and ending up with larger liquid cooled engines such as the Cummins.
My own Austrak is an older model with chain drive and a 3 cyl Lombardini aircooled diesel.
This site has been put together because of the interest people still display in these machines despite the passing of time:
- Hopefully those of us with working machines will use the blog to share information and solve issues relating to them.
- There are a lot of machines out there that are no longer functional and which could be restored or utilised for parts. The blog could also be a way of putting those owners in touch with others who may be interested in purchasing non functioning machines or parts.
- The site could also be a means of putting would be buyers of functioning machines in touch with would be sellers of them.
- For those people who are just looking…I hope it becomes interesting as things progress
I have to confess to being a web page…blogging idiot really but I thought it was time this ball got rolling. I’m sure that the site will get better as I learn the tricks or convince the offspring to help me get it right.
In the meantime I have placed a five week ad in the tractor section of the Weekly Times inviting people to participate in this blog and hopefully start building a knowledge base and a support mechanism for owners. I will do the same in the Land asap.