As I saw it XXIII

| March/April 1975

  • Possession of an old tractor
    Courtesy of Ronnie Kruger, Stettler, Alberta
    Ronnie Kruger
  • 1917 Bates Steel Mule

    Rolland E. Maxwell

  • Possession of an old tractor
  • 1917 Bates Steel Mule

Rt. 4, Huntington, Indiana 46750

1917 Bates Steel Mule made at Joliet, Illinois. Extended steering wheel and controls allowed the operator to sit on his own horse drawn plow, disk, etc. Not too popular. They tipped over easily. Picture taken at Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

Courtesy of Rolland E. Maxwell, Route 4, Huntington, Indiana 4675

The Garr Scott Co. of Richmond, Ind. had made a lot of good Steam engines, Threshing Separators, and Saw Mills. They got into the Tractor field in 1910 and made a big tractor called the Tiger Pull. I've been told there were 109 built. Another source said less than two hundred were built. At first in 1911 they were rated 40-70, but later increased to 40-80. April 1912 Thresherman's Review ad lists 40-80 Tiger Pull, 4 cyl. 7-3/4 x 10 Vert, in line eng, last year made. Norman Pross, Luverne N.D. owns the only one I ever saw and I think the only one left. Showed at Rollin, Minn. Sold out to Rumley in 1912.

The Huber Mfg. Co. of Marion, Ohio made between 1911 and 1917 about 550 Huber 30-60's using a big 4 cyl. vertical in line engine. Bought their transmission, gearing and maybe some other parts from The Gas Traction Co. who made the Big Four. They looked very similar to the Big Four. 30', and cranked from the rear with a bar. There are three left and Art Bayliss of Enderlin N.D. shows his at Rollag N.D. Huber built a lot of smaller tractors later that will be taken up sooner or later.

The Pioneer Tractor Co. of Winona, Minn, started in 1911 building a Pioneer 30-60 using a four cyl. double opposed horiz. 7 x 8' cyl. at 650 R.P.M. The rear drive wheels were eight feet high. This tractor had a cab and would pull from 8 to 10 plows. They were very powerful and it was quite a tractor in its day. Elmer Larsen of Moor-head, Minn, shows his at Rollag, Minn, each fall. Later Pioneer built a 15-30 Special using a 4 cyl. horiz. opposed engine 5-1/2 x 6 and would pull four plows. Just when it came out I'm not sure but was adv. in 1919. Also at the same time they built a 18-36 4 cyl. Horiz. opposed 5-1/2 x 6' at 750 RPM. This took the place of the 15-30.


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