Nebraska Tractor Test Laboratory Offered Early Consumer Protection
The Nebraska Tractor Test Laboratory tested stock tractor models to protect farmers
The Nebraska Tractor Test Laboratory logo.
Illustration Courtesy The Nebraska Tractor Test Laboratory
The Nebraska Tractor Test
Laboratory has tested more than 1,750 tractor models since it was officially
organized in 1919, when the Nebraska Legislature passed a bill ensuring that:
• A stock tractor of each model sold in the state is tested and approved by a
board of three engineers under state university management.
• Each company, dealer or individual offering a tractor for sale in Nebraska is required to
have a permit.
• A service station with a full supply of replacement parts for each model of
tractor shall be maintained.
activities were assigned to the University’s Department of Agricultural
Engineering. In 1920 the Waterloo Boy was the first tractor tested by the new
laboratory. About 160 tractor manufacturers were operating in the U.S. at that
time. Completing testing kept the laboratory very busy. By 1930, 172 tractors
had been evaluated by the laboratory. FC
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