Beavers, bulls and bears, oh my! Tractor manufacturers use animal names so products seem wild and tough
One of the advantages of the Bear tractor shown here is that it was built so the tracks automatically raised or lowered when the machine went over high or low spots.
The Bear tractor was manufactured in New York City, starting in 1923. A compact crawler that could turn in a 6-foot radius, it sold for $4,250.
This advertisement touts the advantages of the Wallis Cub tractor, "In a class by itself, designed for farms of 160 acres or more."
The Gaar-Scott line was named the TigerPull line of machinery after the company was bought out by M. Rumely Co.
Buffalo-Pitts Co. of New York City advertised with colorful posters and broadsides. The Indian galloping alongside the buffalo gave the piece extra appeal. Only at the bottom of the poster does the viewer gain a sense of what is being advertised ... a tractor.
This advertisement for the Eagle tractor announced three sizes of the Eagle Model H, 13-25, 16-30 and 20-40, with a "powerful medium speed motor and large friction clutch pulley for belt work, driven directly from crankshaft in a position to assure plenty of belt clearance."
This 1915 Bull Tractor advertisement touted all the advantages of owning a Bull. Unfortuneately, problems were starting to crop up with the first tractor made by the Bull Tractor Co. of Minneapolis, the Little Bull. Eventually almost all of them were returned to the company with mechanical problems.
Kansas City Hay Press Co. manufactured the Prairie Dog tractor starting in 1917.
A cutaway view of the interior of the Farm Horse tractor.
The reverse of the double-cylinder steam engine shows the Gaar-Scott tiger logos on the back fenders.
The early Centaur tractor, a small, cultivator-type tractor.
This circa-1915 Parrett Tractor Co. advertisement discusses how the tractor "Must have a proper foundation – a unit frame that possesses adequate strength, rigidity and endurance" to be successful. The sidebar also discusses "What you can do with a Parrett in January and February," which played to the concerns farmers had about getting rid of their horses.