Rise of the Tractor

Automobile's evolution, war in Europe spur tractor development

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Above: Deere & Company bought the Waterloo Gasoline Engine Co. in 1918 and continued to sell Waterloo Boy tractors until 1923. The tractor shown delivered 12 hp at the drawbar, “enough to pull a 3-bottom plow,” and 25 hp at the flywheel, “ample power to operate most economical-sized belt machinery,” according to claims in company sales literature.