30232 SE 39 2nd Street, Enumclaw, Washington 98022
Originally designed for building trails and trenching on rough ground along steep slopes, the Beetle is especially adapted to farming, landscaping, spreading top soil, backfilling, and light concrete work. Made in Seattle in 1946 by Western Gear for the Forest Service to build fire roads and blocks, these tractors are relatively rare now. I know of only two other such tractors: one in Bothell, Washington, and the other in Hood River, Oregon. If anyone knows of others, or other information about the Beetle tractor, please do not hesitate to contact me. My phone number is 360-825-2751.
I found my Beetle in Port Orchard, Washington. It had to be totally restored with a new motor, which I got from Dennis King of Graham, Washington. Bill Betts of Auburn fabricated new mold boards for the tractor. I sandblasted, etch-primered, and painted the tractor twice before its initial showing at Maple Valley Days in June where it attracted quite a bit of attention from both children and adults.
Distribution of weight has been carefully considered in the Beetle design-- its low center of gravity permits it to be used safely on side slopes up to 50 percent. With a total weight of only 2,200 lbs., it may be easily transported with a ?-ton pick-up truck. Here are its other specifications:
Width, outside to outside of tracks
Overall length, cutting edge to back seat
Width of blade at cutting
Height of blade
Length of track on ground
Widths of track plates
Weight of tractor, bare
Weight of tractor, with dozer
Type: 4-cylinder, 4-cycle, liquid cooled
Displacement: 61 cubic inches
Power: 15 BHP at 1900 R.P.M.
Maximum Torque: 40 ft. pounds
Gas Tank: 7-gal. capacity, gravity feed to carburetor
Accessories: Electric starter, generator, hydraulic oil pump for dozer power, air cleaner, and muffler
Governor: Flyball type built into motor with friction type hand control for variable speed setting.