Homemade Tractor Craze

Farmers economized by building homemade tractors, resulting in the good, the bad and the downright ugly.

HW Leavit Tractor
H.W. Leavit, Paris, Mo., an early proponent of the home-built tractor, built this machine in 1908. Note the under-slung plows and discs.
Photo Courtesy Bill Vossler