The Squirrel Cage Tractor

| July/August 1994

  • Squirrel Cage Tractor
    Photo is reprinted from August 1913 issue of Gas Engine Review.

  • Squirrel Cage Tractor

34361 Schwartz Road, Avon, Ohio 44011

Have you ever run across a tractor that looks like this? Let me tell you a little more about this tractor. The tractor was invented and patented by Mr. S. A. Grant of Thompsonville, Connecticut in 1913. The tractor was powered by a 25 HP gas engine. The engine, after being started, climbed the inside of this huge wheel causing the wheel to rotate forward. This tractor was used to drag plows, harrow and other farm implements. Mr. Grant felt that he had the light tractor problems of 1913 solved. How would you have turned this tractor in a small field? Let us know what you think?