| September/October 1966

  • Fordson tractor
    Courtesy of R. F. Somerville, 12498 14th Ave. North, Haney, B. C. Canada.
    R. F. Somerville

  • Fordson tractor

12498 Hth Ave., North Haney, British Columbia, Canada

1927 Fordson tractor photo - 1948.

The 1917 to 1927 Fordson tractor was the most versatile tractor ever made. It had more ideas on it than any other tractor of that time, especially the enclosed gears and unit no frame construction. Its ignition system was not good.

It was used for all kinds of jobs on the farm from plowing, seeding, haying; as well as pulling binders, threshing and hauling grain to market, sawing firewood, milking cows and pumping water. One farm wife used it to run a washer.

All kinds of attachments were available, from high tension magnetos, battery, coil and distributor ignition, oiless timers, one system buzzer coils (which all helped to make the tractor easier to start) oil burning vaporizers and better gas carburetors and extra oiling systems were available, not to mention air tires, solid rubber tires, open faced wheels and crawler tracks.

The Fordson was also made over for industrial jobs. They were used on a kind of stationary platform for belt work in sawmills, printing presses, and flour mills. They also had flange wheels front and back and were capable for use as a light locomotive.