| July/August 1992

  • The Little Pull Tractor

  • The Little Pull Tractor

Route 2, Shevlin, Minnesota 56676

It was a cool day last November 1991, a little snow here and there. My youngest son, Ray, age 4, said, 'Dad, can we drive Little Pull?' So I got some water for the engine and started her up.

As Walter, my other son, age 12, backed Little Pull out of the cold storage shed with Ray riding along, I couldn't help think of the countless hours of fun the boys have had since it was built.

The tractor consists of two 4-inch I-beams for the frame. I blocked these up in the garage and said to myself, 'That's about the right height.' But that changed too. I decided to use two rear bull wheels from two old junked grain binders, extended the axles and mounted them in bearings to roll freely on the frame.

Then another brainstorm. Why not drive the wheels with the original bull wheel chains? This worked out real well. Now the next steps: what to do about the clutch, transmission and differential?

One day while walking around in a local junk yard, I happened to look under a junked John Deere #45 self-propelled combine, and I saw what I was looking for: clutch, transmission and differential all in one unit. I got the whole unit for junk price.