The Tiger Hunt!

| August/September 1990

  • Tiger Tractor

  • Tiger Tractor
    Tiger Tractor belonging to Alan Biggs of Romney, West Virginia.

  • Tiger Tractor
  • Tiger Tractor

Sec. Upper Potomac Vintage Auto Club Rt4,Boxl49A Keyser, West Virginia 26726

Could you possibly be harboring one of those great little garden tractors in your storage shed? It might just be a TIGER TRACTOR.

Keyser, West Virginia is the home of this unique little tractor, and plans are now underway for the first-ever Tiger Tractor Collector's Meet. On Sunday, September 16,1990 the Upper Potomac Vintage Auto Club will be hosting a get-together of Tiger Tractors in conjunction with the town's annual Founder's Day Festival. At present, seven Tigers have been located locally, with hopes of seeing them on display in September.

The club is now gathering information about this unique garden workhorse from many of those who actually worked in the manufacturing plant, which was operating from 1947 until the early 1960's when the company went bankrupt. In the search for historical information the club has been loaned a manufacturer's publication with a great amount of information. At least seven different models were made, ranging from 4? HP to 9? HP, which could reach a speed of fifteen mph. The earlier models were operated using a hand clutch, while later ones had three-speed transmissions and differentials. The average Tiger was sold with five attachments including snow plow, garden plow, discs, cycle bar, and belly mower, with other pieces available. According to one informant, who actually painted the finished machine, the original colors were green and yellow with white letters.

This little garden gem was very unique in that it had no belts. The manufacturer states 'the model #920 was better than other similar American tractors. The reason is that it is backed by 20 years experience in the small tractor field by the company that invented and marketed the first small tractor anywhere in the world. The Tiger has no belts, instead, uses heavy duty gears, drive shafts and heat treated steel gearing throughout!'

More information and photographs are rapidly pouring in. A fact-filled, informative booklet is being prepared for the September 16th gathering in Keyser, West Virginia.

Terry Gooden_3
12/28/2009 12:31:00 PM

I never thought I would find a place for people with these little tractors. I have the one that was my dads and it has the 4 foot sickle mower with it.I have the original engine for it but it hasn't ran for a few years now and was thinking of putting on a 24hp kohler engine on it that I have but the crankshaft is larger on the kohler and was debating on drilling the clutch pack to fit then make a bushing for it if I wanted to put the old b/s engine back on it.Any comments on that? and would anyone have any idea what the tractor is worth not sure of exact year but dad bought it in approx 1969 and neighbor said it was an antique then I am sure it has more sentimental value than cash value but was curious as I don't think I could ever sell it. Am interested in any shows for these tractors that anyone would know about. thanx

Robert OKeefe
9/11/2009 7:37:46 AM

I have a 1946 Tiger that has been restored with it are dirt and snow plows and it is for sale call anytime 814-282-1080 Bob


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