That's a Classic Apples & Oranges comparison. No doubt the Steamer would have a distinct advantage in a Dead Pull!
But if you put both of them in a field pulling apropriate plows for each the JD would run circles around the steamer.
And at the end of the day The John Deere operator would want a shower and go dancing. The Steamer operator would want a shower, supper and a bed. I love to see a steam engine operate, but would want one only to play with not to work.
Note the steamer takes an engineer and a fireman to operate too along with about an hour 3 times a day to oil.
Edited by JD DANNELS, January 18, 2013 - 09:21 AM.