Ritscher Kettenschlepper MTW R 50

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Paidoskixos
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Ritscher Kettenschlepper MTW R 50

Post by Paidoskixos » 08 Feb 2013 13:27

The Ritscher company developed a prototype tractor in 1942, the Ritscher Kettenschlepper MTW R 50. It featured many military traits ( tracks, suspension, sprocket wheel), sporting a Deutz 50hp engine. Does anyone know more on this? Were there any more military Ritcher projected designs along this path, e.g. more powerful engines?
Please see it here:

http://www.freundederritscher.de/prod_r50.html

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Re: Ritscher Kettenschlepper MTW R 50

Post by Paidoskixos » 20 Mar 2013 00:03

Here it is, a better photo. Any comments welcome. It`s becoming frustrating to see no interest/knowledge in so many of my posts.
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Re: Ritscher Kettenschlepper MTW R 50

Post by eldar1 » 20 Mar 2013 04:07

Hello there.I was just passing by on the forum and spotted your post .I can't help you with info I've never studied construction equipment.However i'am interested in yuor subject selection.By the way grear photo.

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Re: Ritscher Kettenschlepper MTW R 50

Post by Paidoskixos » 20 Mar 2013 10:02

Hello Eldar1,

this I believe does not fit completely in the construction equipment category, more on the tractor one. It was a sole prototype, not delivered to the Wehrmacht/Heer, captured and taken to Britain from the factory. In England, I believe, it was the driving influence on the Vickers Vigor crawler of the 1950`s ( my assumption ).
Stay tuned for something I am expecting on german WW2 construction equipment.

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Re: Ritscher Kettenschlepper MTW R 50

Post by armorrich » 20 Mar 2013 15:43

Interesting to see the use of a steering wheel to control the tracks / direction instead of sticks or pedals. Also the interleaved road wheels....perhaps to lower ground pressure??? Cool photo.....best, rich

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Re: Ritscher Kettenschlepper MTW R 50

Post by eldar1 » 21 Mar 2013 05:06

I'm not so sure,Look at the two hydraulic cylinders that are horizontal with the top of the tracks towards the front.These look like connection points for a plow blade.

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Re: Ritscher Kettenschlepper MTW R 50

Post by Paidoskixos » 21 Mar 2013 19:26

Look at the two hydraulic cylinders that are horizontal with the top of the tracks towards the front.These look like connection points for a plow blade


You have a point there! It would be much more interesting as a construction vehicle.
Mind the tracks: the Ritscher company was a supplier to many half-track designs, making tracks with an automatic machine developed internally. Those tracks surelly resemble the ones from military vehicles.
BTW, the photo is courtesy of Herrn Axel Engelmann.

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Re: Ritscher Kettenschlepper MTW R 50

Post by eldar1 » 22 Mar 2013 03:01

I could see this.Another possiblity could be an attempt at making a multitasked platform for Heer pionners.making one vehicle with different accesories that could be configured to a particular job.Yet have the abbility to fulfill rear area duties like airfielrd costructionn and emplacement building.

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