Ted Adams


Who is this Ted Adams? For those of you who have asked these questions of yourself or others, let me try to tell a little about myself and how I have possession of the information, stories, and pictures that have perked your interest.

I, Ted Everett Adams, was born October 14, 1942 in Yakima, Washington. With the exception of my tour of duty with the Air Force, I have lived, worked and raised my family in this beautiful central Washington city for the better part of my life. I am now retired and devote many delightful hours to the history of the Lindeman Equipment Company, their products, and the accomplishments of the family. I did not know what an adventure it would be for me when I first began working with the Lindeman family. Like many other young men who had finished their military obligation, I had just come back home looking for a way to support my growing family. I found that, and much more in the association with the Lindeman operations.

Jesse and Joe Lindeman founded the Northwest Equipment Company in 1947 so that they could fulfill an order of roll-over plows, which they had with Harry Ferguson, and the Thys Hop Picking Machine. The government would not let the John Deere Company fill this order after purchasing the Lindeman Power Equipment Company in 1946.

At the end of my four year military career, I returned to Yakima and began working in the “bagger department”, i.e., machines which bag apples and potatoes. As orders for this department slowed, I was transferred to the “tiller department”. My position alternated in these two departments for the next few years. Later, I was assigned to just the tiller department, which was where Jesse devoted most of his time and efforts. I worked there for a few years and enjoyed the position.

Eventually, my boss, Orie Durland, had decided to retire in a year or so, and began training me to become head of the department after his retirement. Orie was a very good trainer, because I was assigned to manage the tiller department upon his official retirement.

In the early to mid-eighties, Jesse and Joe Lindeman sold the company. Jesse stayed on with the company for a short time and Joe stayed with the new owners until his death, about a year later. The new owners were not equipment manufacturer minded and opted to sell that part of the company. Jesse had developed a three-point hitch for the Caterpillar Tractor Company, mainly so the Northwest Tiller could be used behind a Caterpillar Tractor. The hitch did have some warranty problems, so it was discontinued and the entire inventory was junked.

Jesse often told me that his wife, Jane, was tired of him around the house all the time, so he and one of his sons and grandson started a new company, Lindex. They retrieved from the junk heap all the parts and pieces of the hitch which could be found.

I found myself unhappy with the new owners of Northwest Equipment Company and I chose to end my employment with them. Luckily, Jesse was in the market for a manager of Lindex and I was back working with him again. That was in 1988, Jesse was 89 years old, no not old, young. He would end his work day between 3:00 and 3:30 p.m., come into my office, and sit down at my desk to talk about the “Good Old Days of Lindeman Power Equipment Company. Our professional lives had intertwined for many, many years. It was during these times I came to realize what a great individual

Jesse Lindeman actually was. I was mature enough to grasp how much of himself he had put into his work, his love of machinery, and of making things work.

Although I personally was never a part of Lindeman Power Equipment Company, the old scrap books and photos albums were always around the places I worked. I enjoyed them as much as Jesse did talking about the old days, and the progression of the equipment.

His remembrances of the old crawlers and equipment which they had built over the years spurred me to try to locate one of the BO Crawlers to have around so that when Jesse talked about them, there would be one right there. Unfortunately, Jesse passed away in

September 1992, one month before his 93rd. birthday, and I had not been able to procure the crawler.

About a year or so later, the family sold Lindex to a company back East, but I decided not to leave my beloved Yakima Valley to continue employment with them. I discussed the old photos, scrapbooks, and memories with the Lindeman family. The family asked me to take them,

show them around to others who also shared an interest in the history of machinery, tractors, and the advancement of mechanized farming in our area.

It has proven to be a request that I am enjoying to the fullest: the sorting, the writing, the sharing, I learn something new about the Lindeman’s whenever I share my experiences and knowing that my life, as well as others were enriched by the contributions of this family enterprise.

Ted E. Adams

4 Responses to Ted Adams

  1. Dear Mr. Adams,

    I forgot to ask you where to look for the serial number on my Lindeman. I was of the impression it was built between 1939 and 1943. I noticed in either your store of on the message board, these Lindeman’s were known as flat backs. Do you have a picture showing the two different models?

    Thank you,

    Dale Domenghini

    • Ted E. says:

      Hi Dale;

      Answering your last question first. The serial number is located under the magneto. If you look on the Serial # menu page it has a drawing of where to find the plate. On the first page BO Page 1 26109 (5-2-36) through 333859 (8-30-44) it shows the three different back plates that were used. As for the steering clutch casting, the MC and Lindeman are NOT interchangeable the Lindemans are very hard to find so the best thing to do is have it welded. All the pats that were in the Yakima area are all picked up by collectors. You could have talked to Bruce but he has died now. The repair manuals are all over the web. If you just need a parts manual, on my Stories, Brochures & Manuals page they are downloadable at NC. I hope this has helped, when you find the serial number please let me know for my records and I will send you a certificate with any information I have on it along with the DVD (the Lindeman Story and Beyond). I wish you lock on getting your Lindeman running. If you look on the Parts and Crawler page there are three Lindemans for sale by there owners (not me), I just try to get the word out.

  2. Dear Mr. Adams,

    I just recently found this site. I own a Lindeman crawler, which is not currently running, thanks to a so called mechanic that broke the steering clutch assembly housing while trying to release the clutches. (I’m sure somewhere in the back corner of your garage you have an extra one you would sell me). I WISH IT WOULD BE SO EASY. Someone recently suggested trying to have it welded? Do you know if the cast steel was good quality and if a nickel rod would work, or would I be better off using a tin/bronze arc rod? I have had excellent luck with the bronze arc rod on cast the continued to crack when the nickle rod was used. Is the steering assembly of the MC interchangeable with the Lindeman BO/BR Crawler?

    I had the honor of speaking with Mr. Jesse Lindeman many years ago, and I’m thinking it was not long before he passed. At that time I was in search of the a steering assembly. He told me he had a canibilized tractor in the backyard and if I wanted it, I could have it. I didn’t have the funds to travel to Yakima at that time. When I called back within the year, I received no answer. I asked the information operator of any Lindeman in Yakima. If I’m not mistaking, I reached a Bruce Lindeman. He told me Jesse was is Father and he had recently passed. He told me if I wanted it come and get it. What a fool I was not to beg and borrow to make the trip. Bruce told me he was an X-Ray Tech if I’m not mistaken. Anyway, I never made it to Yakima so far, I’m sure the scrapers have taken care of any odd parts Mr. Lindeman had around. If you have any suggestions as to how I can fix my problem, I would be most appreciative. My Lindeman was my Grandfather’s. When I bought out his cattle, he gifted the Lindeman to me. It was the first crawler I ever drove. I can still remember him walking along side me while I was discing pulling a 5 ft. disc in our heavy adobe soil of the central coast of California. It has been about 25 years since I had it running and I can still hear the sound in my head. If it is the last thing I do, I want to get it running again.

    The flywheel had some latteral movement, a friend told me it needed a bushing but he too has since passed. I want to have the engine overhauled, I know it had one valve grind job before I started driving it and nothing else. I hope it isn’t forzen but if it is, I’m determined to get the engine at the very least going.

    If you know of a Lindeman for sale, I would appreciate hearing about it.

    I thank you in advance for any information or suggestions you can make regarding repairing or replacing the right steering clutch housing. and any technical manuals you could suggest that JD might have as to how to rebuild and restore this little piece of history.

    Dale Domenghini
    927 Pacific St.
    Morro Bay, CA 93442
    805 772 2023 Home
    805 440 7233 Cell

  3. Ray McCaw says:

    A thought occurred to me today. The Seattle Museum of Flight on Boeing Field will need some leveling of a gravel lot to make a position for the new 787 aircraft being donated by Boeing to the Museum. Why not invite an Agriculture Machinery Museum to perform this simple task and get some major press for the small museum somewhere in the State. This would keep the cost down for the Museum of Flight and get some event money for the Agriculture Museum. I picture a old track crawler pushing the gravel into position for the Air Park on
    East Marginal Way South with big fanfare for your Museum. I don’t have any idea how much money the MOF could come up with to offset the cost of transportation from Yakima or if you have any operational equipment to do this task. Bounce the idea around your group. My contact at the MOF is very receptive for the idea. His bname is Clark Miller 206-437-4072. My cell phone is (253) 777-7981 and home phone is (253) 891-1353.

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