Buckeye State Tractor Manufacturing

Ohio offered early tractor innovators with a vision; a ready market, a solid industrial base and convenient transportation.

The Leader Model D was built from 1947 into 1949. It was powered by a Hercules, 2.2L 4-cylinder gas engine. As a 2-bottom plow utility tractor, it was rated at 31hp.

America’s Industrial Revolution was driven by countless innovators willing to take a risk. The state of Ohio was home to many early industrialists whose visionary efforts launched the state’s manufacturing sector and strengthened its ties to agriculture.

In the 1700s, Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois and Wisconsin comprised the original Northwest Territory. The early “Ohio Country” took its name after the river called O-y-o by the Iroquois, meaning “Great River.” In his book The Pioneers, historian David McCullough described early settlement along the Ohio River by farmers and merchants who migrated from the colonies following the Revolutionary War.

The Brockway tractor was offered in two models: 49G (gas) and 49D (diesel). Manufactured from 1949 into 1952, the Model 49G (shown here) is equipped with a Continental 2.7L 4-cylinder gas engine. 

Farmers began clearing the land as they moved north and northwest from the river into more fertile, flat land. As the need for farm equipment grew, Ohio’s iron and steelmaking industries also took root. In 1802, the first blast furnace west of the Alleghenies was erected in northeast Ohio near Youngstown. Deposits of black coal were discovered near Youngstown in 1845. The abundance of coal was a major contributor to growth of the iron industry in the Mahoning Valley of northeast Ohio.

The patent for the Centaur Model KV (Klear View, based on design improvements that gave the operator a better view of the ground) was granted in 1936; the model was manufactured into the 1950s. The tractor pictured is powered by a LeRoi 2.2L 4-cylinder gas engine. 


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