The concept of a power take-off (PTO) is almost as old as the tractor itself. And while a PTO was a great tool for powering stationary implements such as a thresher, its usefulness fell short in the field when running a baler or combine.
GS&M 12-24 BEAVER
At one time in the early 1900s, the eyes of the tractor world were on Canada and its millions of acres of prime prairie waiting to be opened up to farming. A number of manufacturers were quick to enter the market with crudely built behemoth horsepower.
Try as it might to establish itself as a major tractor maker – first by buying Wallis tractor in 1928 and through the introduction of the Pacemaker and Challenger tractors in the 1930s – Massey-Harris kept coming up short.
NORSEMAN MODEL O
Built by Norseman Products of Toronto, Ontario, the Norseman O (standard front axle) and N (row-crop version) was actually designed by Ostenberg Manufacturing of Salina, Kansas. The Norseman’s existence was short-lived. After its introduction in 1947, the tractor faded into history when its manufacturer declared bankruptcy in 1959.
The Rockol was spawn as a sideline to construction gear like so many other short-lived tractors produced after World War II. At this time many manufacturers turned their attention away from producing war material to civilian products.
Versatile Manufacturing made history in 1966, not so much by introducing a four-wheel-drive tractor, but by producing such a tractor at a cheap price. At less than $10,000, the Versatile D100 made the technology affordable to many farmers and established the desire for such tractors in the future.
WATERLOO BRONCO 100
Veterans returning to their farms after World War II were convinced that mechanical horsepower was the way to go. Firms like the Ontario, Canada-based Waterloo Manufacturing Company capitalized on that demand by introducing swarms of new tractor models.
Canada is not known for being a tractor-making powerhouse, yet they were no lightweights to horsepower.