6891 N Castlebury Road Hernando, Florida 32642
Back in '75 or '76 I saw an old tractor without a hood or the original engine. I never knew there were any plows or anything it. The fellow who owned the tractor passed away in 1984. His widow had a sale in 1985. No one seemed to want the tractor, so I bought it and found it had a hood, the original engine, a breaking plow and cultivators. Neither engine would run so I worked them over-now they both run.
It is a Sears Roebuck Handi Man made back in 1939, and still has the original tires. I took it to Zolfo Springs to the Gas Engine Show in March. A lot of people commented no one had seen one before, so thought I would send you a picture of it. There were no papers with the tractor, so I wrote to Sears and they sent papers, saying they made the tractors from '39 to up in the 50's but this is the first one I ever saw.
It is a nice little tractor. I saw it in Indiana before I came to Florida. They were my neighbors, so I bought a trailer and went back to Indiana and brought it down to Florida. I enter it in parades and gas engine shows, and plan to go to Battle Ground, Indiana and show it, July 31-August 1 & 2. I think there may be lots of people there who have never seen a Sears Roebuck tractor. Would you have any way of finding out how many were made? It is Series 19, Serial #9175151.