Birth of the Bates Steel Mule

The Bates Steel Mule was one of the more unusual tractor designs of an experimental era.

An early Bates Steel Mule tractor. These machines had a high center of gravity and upset easily. A Canadian user said, “It upset so easy I had to discontinue its farm use. I upset three times the last half day I used it and each time all the gas and oil would run out on the ground.”
Photo courtesy of Larry D. Peters