The Garden Tractor That's Still Going Strong

| May/June 1999

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.