Even More on the Utilitor

| May/June 1995

  • Oliver 88
    Susan Eddy, R 1, Numa, Iowa 52575 sent this photograph, saying, 'How about this Oliver? Isn't it cute? My dad, Emil Leimkuehler of HCR 62, Box 3, Mt. Sterling, Missouri 65062, made this Oliver 88 standard model this. fall. I thought maybe the Oliver
    Susan Eddy

  • Oliver 88

62919 Turkey Trail South Bend, Indiana 46614-9419

With reference to the article in February 1995 issue of GEM by Arthur Beard Jr. concerning the Utilitor Tractor Company, I agree that the pictures he submitted were not of a Utilitor tractor but more likely something of a homemade version, or perhaps a version of a 'Shaw' tractor, as they marketed many models utilizing the Ford Model T in kit-form or complete tractors.

The tin chain cover going to the rear wheels, however, does not appear in any of my Shaw literature.

Regarding the question of a 4-wheel model by Utilitor, there definitely was one built. I have two pieces of Utilitor literature which are not dated but must be post-1938 since they contain customer testimonies through those dates.

At the time of this printing there were two locations in Ohio, those being 1150 W. Second St., Dayton, which was the office, advertising, and parts department and Plant 1, where the tractor parts were apparently built; and S. Third St., in Miamisburg, Ohio, which was considered Plant 2 where the tractors were assembled, tested and shipped.

The catalog indicates that the first units built in 1918 were known as Model 500. Then came Models 501, 501-A, 502 and Model 507, known for many years as Model 7. The current models being built at the date of the advertisement were Models 8, 10, 20, 22, 25, 30 and the Utilitor 4, the latter being 4-wheel. Strangely enough the model numbers did not run in relation to the increase in horsepower as one would suspect.