CASE TRACTOR LINE 1917


| March/April 2003



Case Tractors

The era of the late teens was a watershed for J. I. Case, a time of enormous activity as the company moved into the growing small tractor market, with new and innovative machinery coming out of the factory on a regular basis.

Case's first major entry in the gasoline tractor sector came in 1912 with the huge 30-60. But unlike some of the old-line manufacturers making the transition from steam to gasoline or kerosene, Case quickly focused its efforts on building smaller tractors to meet the demands of a changing agricultural market.

This ad, which appeared on the back page of the March 1917 issue of The American Thresherman and Farm Power, shows the direction Case was moving with its tractor line.

At top is the smallest tractor Case built in 1917, the 9-18. Introduced in 1916, Case built 6,687 of these litte tractors until late 1918, when the 9-18B with unit construction and cross-ways four-cylinder engine was introduced.

Next is the 10-20, a three-wheeled tractor with four-cylinder power. Case built 6,679 of these between 1915 and 1918.

After that comes the 12-25, introduced in 1914 and discontinued in 1918 after a run of 3,351 units.