Where are the Shaw?

| April/May 1986

  • Garden Tractor

  • Garden Tractor

2612 Villa Avenue Sioux City, Iowa 51103

A lot of people have never heard of them. A Shaw is a garden tractor that was built in Galesburg, Kansas, in the '30s and '40s. The reason I named those years is because we have a 1934 and a 1941 Shaw.

The first Shaw tractor we ever saw was one my dad had in Sioux City, Iowa around 1959. He sold it to some man in So. Sioux City, Nebraska and never heard of it again.

The first Shaw tractor we purchased was in Seligman, Missouri. We bought it plus a 14' bottom mounted plow, hay rake, two row cultivator, disc, four section drag, and a one row corn planter. We loaded everything in a half ton pickup and a two wheeled trailer and Sioux City, here we come! The tractor is a R6 1941 with a Wisconsin engine.

Our second Shaw we found was here in Sioux City. It is a R12 1934 with a Wisconsin engine also. It came with a 16' bottom mounted plow and a two row cultivator. The R12 is used for spring and fall plowing plus other garden work. The R6 is used mostly for pulling trailers and giving grand-kids rides.

We called Galesburg, Kansas, to get some manuals, or any kind of material on a Shaw and were informed that they quit building garden tractors and are now making Brush Hogs. All literature on Shaws was destroyed. We have put ads in other papers and magazines but nobody seems to know 'Where are the Shaws?'