| September/October 1979

  • Skibo Tractor

  • Skibo Tractor

Ryder, North Dakota 58779

You can call the tractor Skibo, or you can call it Universal, or you can call it GasPull, or you can call it Minneapolis Universal Farm Motor, or you can call it American-Abell Universal.

This tractor was first made around 1909 or 1910 by the Union Iron Works of Minneapolis, Minnesota. This company advertised the tractor called a Skibo in 1912 as a 18-25 horsepower and priced at $1600.00. The frame of this machine is constructed of heavy channel steel securely rivated together and thoroughly braced with motor hung low on the frame. This brings the center of gravity close to the ground, making the machine very stable and affording no tendency to racking the frame, which is sometimes the case where the center of gravity is high from the ground.

The drive wheels are 61' in diameter and 20' wide. The power to drive the machine is delivered from the rim of the bull gear to the rim of the drive wheel. The steering device is the automobile type, quick in action and absolutely positive, requiring very little attention from the operator.

The engine used on this tractor is of the horizontal opposed type. The cylinders are 7? x 7? that run at 500 rpm. It is provided with a friction clutch belt pulley attached directly to the crankshaft. The belt pulley has a 9' face and 18' diameter. Ignition is high tension jump spark produced by a Remy magneto; five dry cells are used for starting. The motor is water-cooled, the water passes through a closed radiator by gravity flow. The radiator holds 26 gallons and is cooled by a 15?' diameter fan that turns at 2300 rpms.

The 50-gallon fuel tank is mounted on the front of the tractor frame. Two gears can be ordered for each of the two forward speeds thus giving four forward speeds of 2, 2?, or 2? and 3? miles per hour.