The Garden Tractor That’s Still Going Strong
Box 149, Rabbit Lake Saskatchewan, Canada S0M 2L0
In the late 1950s, a Viking Twin Garden Tractor trekked its way
from the Spokane area into British Columbia, Canada, across Alberta
and finally settled down on our farmstead in Saskatchewan. It took
the place of five horses, so to speak, as it had two cylinders and
was rated five horsepower. It had 2 speeds forward and reverse and
responded without hesitation to ‘giddyup’ and
‘backup,’ which it still does.
My father used it for a variety of jobs such as gardening, but
it was something to behold when it pulled a stoneboat with a drum
containing 45 gallons of water up a steep hill! Prince, our horse
whose job the tractor took over, let out a loud HEE-HAH!
This tractor was manufactured by Allied Motors Corporation,
Minneapolis, Minnesota, in approximately 1937. As of today, it is
running unbelievably, considering that the motor has never been
worked on. Its serial number is 401071215 and it still has the
original wood on the handles. I have sent a variety of photos and
information relating to the tractor to Mark Bookout, who is working
on a book about garden tractors. The sad part is now that I am
retiring, I am looking for a good home for this friend of mine.
Keeping the Doodlebug Project Alive
Farmers from the 30s to the 50s built makeshift tractors called doodlebugs from available parts and pieces found on the farm.
Custom Built Cub Cadet Buggy
Check out Forest Spaulding’s custom-built buggy pieced together using several parts from a cub cadet and various other tractors.
Maytag Tractor, 29 Years Later
The son of the builder of a Maytag tractor featured in a 1989 article gives us an update.