Despite the odds, the Bates Steel Mule saw years of success
A Collector and his gas engines from the land of 10,000 lakes.
The story of Leader tractors begins in 1912 and, like the history of many U.S. tractor companies, meanders through several different tractor names and companies, until its final builder, Dayton-Dowd Co., vanished in the mid-1920s.
One mystery is why the Pioneer Tractor Co., which incorporated in Minneapolis in 1909, moved to Winona in early 1910, and reincorporated as Pioneer Tractor Mfg. Co. “Since the principals of the company were the same in both cases,” writes C.H. Wendel in Encyclopedia of American Farm Tractors. Normally if tractor companies moved, it was to a new investor’s town.
It took 33 years, but the results were worth the wait
Self-help resources for tractor and lawnmower repair and restoration.
Rare tractor back on track after decades entwined in a tree
Nevada Collector makes Unique Tractor from Spare Parts