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Department Store Tractors

  • BRADLEY GENERAL PURPOSE (Sears)

    BRADLEY GENERAL PURPOSE (Sears)
    The Bradley General Purpose was one of the first tractors to feature variable trend construction using telescoping housing between the differential and final drives that allowed its rear tread to be varied from 56 to 74 inches. The Benton Harbor, Michigan-based firm produced the Bradley for Sears, Roebuck & Co.

  • BRADLEY (Sears)

    BRADLEY (Sears)
    This tractor bares a striking resemblance to the Parrett Model 6 built by Parrett Tractor Company. And for good reason. The Benton Harbor, Michigan, firm would build a tractor to fit any retailer’s needs. So when Sears was looking to expand sales to farmers and was trying to find a full-featured tractor to sell under their Bradley brand, they struck a deal with Parrett.

  • ECONOMY (Sears)

    ECONOMY (Sears)
    Fugal almost to a fault, the Economy tractors, sold by Sears, gave farmers just the basics. Its  $595 price tag bought you a frame, engine, transmission, and steel wheels. Everything else was optional including lights, fenders, PTO, belt pulley, a heavy-duty cooling system and rubber tires. The Peru Wheel Company, which built the Economy in 1937 and 1938, even used rebuilt Ford model A engines in the Economy.

  • GRAHAM-BRADLEY 103 (Sears)

    GRAHAM-BRADLEY 103 (Sears)
    The 32 horsepower streamlined beauty was built by automotive manufacturer Graham-Paige for sale exclusively in Sears department stores. To be accurate, the actual manufacturer of the tractor was Graham-Bradley which was a subsidiary of Graham-Paige.

  • DAVID BRADLEY TRI-TRAC (Sears)

    DAVID BRADLEY TRI-TRAC (Sears)
    The unique Tri-Trac was one of six garden tractors produced by David Bradley for Sears, Roebuck and Company. David Bradley Mfg. Works of Bradley, Illinois, established itself as the king of garden tractor makers producing a line of six machines in the 1950s. The Tri-Trac was unique in many ways featuring a “three-wheel steering” design that used a center articulating action which provided for an 8-foot turning radius.

  • DAVID BRADLEY HANDIMAN R-T (Sears)

    DAVID BRADLEY HANDIMAN R-T (Sears)
    Built by David Bradley Manufacturing and sold by Sears from 1938 until the 1950s, the Handiman was sold in three different 2-wheel models which include the B38 (2 hp.), C38 (3 hp.) and Z38 (4 hp.). The R-T wheel tread was adjustable from 27 top 36 inches by reversing the rear wheels.

  • GAMBLES FARMCREST 30

    GAMBLES FARMCREST 30
    The Gambles department store turned to Cockshutt to build their only entry in the tractor market. The Farmcrest Model 30 was a Cockshutt Model 30 in all aspects except for its name. The tractor, which was also sold by Farmers Union Co-op as the Model E3, utilized a Buda Model 4B-153 I-head, four-cylinder engine (37⁄16x41⁄8-in. bore-and-stroke) that generated a rated 211⁄2 drawbar and 28 belt hp. in Nebraska Tractor Tests.

  • WARDS TWIN

    WARDS TWIN
    Montgomery Wards competed with Sears in the tractor business with this powerhouse built for them by the Harry A. Lowther Company of Shelbyville, Indiana. The Model HR, built in the early 1950s, featured the unique Chrysler-built Gyrol Fluid Drive which was a variation on the torque converter.

  • Slide 9

For a time starting in the 1930s and for the next 30 years, a manufacturer’s farm machinery dealer wasn’t the only means of buying a tractor

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