Ageless Iron Through the Ages

  • Ageless Iron Through the Ages

    There is a plethora of antique tractors out there, and we love all of them! Take a stroll through yesteryear and enjoy some of our favorite Ageless Iron Almanac slideshows.

  • Four-Wheel Drive Tractors

    Four-Wheel Drive Pioneers

    The concept of a four-wheel drive tractor, even one that was articulated, is certainly not a new concept. Olmstead and Nelson introduced the first four wheel drive tractors in 1912 followed by Morton, Wilson, Wizard, Fitch Four Drive, and Massey-Harris.

  • World of Crawler Tractors

    Wide World of Crawler Tractors

    Crawler tractor conversation is likely to focus first on Caterpillar, then on Cletrac or maybe John Deere. But since the first crawler tractor was introduced, dozens of firms have built a crawler under a variety of lesser known names like Bates or Yuba or Monarch.

  • Cletrac’s Vaulted Crawler Line

    Cletrac's Vaulted Crawler Line

    In the early 1910s, car manufacturer Roland White expanded into the tractor market. He’d experimented with a wheeled tractor when it occurred to him that what farmers needed – particularly Midwestern farmers – was a crawler tractor, powerful but light, advanced but affordable.

  • Cockshutt Tractors

    Cockshutt Tractors

    When Cockshutt started selling their first tractors in 1928, which were built for them by Allis-Chalmers, the Brantford, Ontario-based firm had been in the farm equipment business already for 51 years.

  • Deere’s Lettered Horses

    Deere's Lettered Horses

    John Deere approach to designating their early series of tractors was as simplistic as the tractor line’s design. Beginning in 1924 with the introduction of the Model D and ending in 1954 with the beef Model R Diesel, the Deere two-cylinder tractors of this era with built rugged and durable for fewer breakdowns and long life.

  • New Generation of Deere Horses

    New Generation of Deere Horses

    In 1953, the top brass at John Deere came to the inevitable conclusion that their 42-year reliance on a two-cylinder engine could no longer sustain the company. The demand for larger tractors was outstripping the abilities of such an engine to generate needed torque and peak horsepower. Cue the new generation of Deere horses.

  • Department Store Tractors

    Department Store Tractors

    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. Department stores were keen of peddling tractors to farmers. Sears, Roebuck & Company offered as many as six different tractors and numerous models.

  • Gibson’s Grand Horses

    Gibson's Grand Horses

    Gibson Manufacturing traces its roots back to Wilber Gibson who founded the firm in 1946 establishing a manufacturing plant in Longmont, Colorado. Wilber set about establishing a garden tractor line which was launched with the introduction of the Model A. Later expanding to include the Models D, SD and Super SD.

  • Pre-1920 Lesser Known Classics

    Pre-1920 Lesser-Known Classics

    The late 1910s saw an unprecedented explosion in tractor development as tractors of all sizes, shapes and designs hit the marketplace being built by companies whose names have long ceased to exist.

  • Canadian Tractors

    Canadian Tractors

    Compared to its neighbor to its south, Canada is not known for being a tractor-making powerhouse. A great many examples of Canadian-tractor-engineering prowess can be found in antique tractor collections across the U.S .as well as on a great many active farms thanks to the Versatile tractor.

  • Co-op Tractors

    Co-op Tractors

    No less than five different companies built tractors under the Co-op name, for distribution to farmer cooperative organizations in more than 10 states over a 17-year period. A great deal of the history of Co-op tractor is murky, at best, so it could be that as many different companies built the Co-op tractor.

  • Foreign Horses

    Foreign Horses Part 1 & Part 2

    The tractor isn’t solely an American invention as versions of mobile farm power plants were appearing in England as early as the 1850s. Other advances can be found all throughout Europe. 

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