The Garden Tractor That’s Still Going Strong

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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.

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