Utilitor Update


| October/November 1989



Utilitor Garden Tractor

'After' photos of Jay Johnson's Utilitor garden tractor.

Our July issue carried an article on the Midwest Utilitor manufactured by the Midwest Engine Company of Indiana-polis. Since that time, we have had numerous replies, which are excerpted here.

Jay Johnson of 8129 Flatrock Road, Stokesdale, NC 27357 owns a Utilitor, but his was manufactured in Dayton, Ohio. 'It has a single cylinder water cooled Novo engine; cooling is by a radiator and fan. It  has three forward speeds and has levers to make it turn on each handle.

'In the middle of the handles, it has a 110 pound lead weight-this counterbalances the engine which sits in front of the two drive wheels.'

Johnson purchased his tractor at a Dayton auction in 1985 and restored it in 1987. He sent before and after photos, and the 'after' ones appear on this page.

William D. Costie of Box 130, R.D. 5 Robinson Road, Auburn, NY 13021 sent us a Utilitor catalog, which seems to be about 1926 vintage, and this also gives the firm ('The Utilitor Co.') address as Dayton, Ohio.

Clare A. Kerns of RR No. 1, Box 139P, Shippensburg, PA 17257 owns Utilitor #5369, as seen in the picture he sent. He has several Utilitor books, old letters and brochures. The book he has entitled Utilitor-General Purpose Tractors, indicates that the company moved from Indianapolis to Dayton and produced a four cylinder tractor in addition to the smaller ones.