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Posted June 13, 2010 - 11:44 AM

Alright, quit twisting my arm! Since nobody wants the prize money, I'll spill the beans. The tractor was built by the Aro Tractor Co of Minneapolis Minn. They started in 1921 and were gone by 1930. The tractor is listed in Dave Baas's garden tractor book and also in Wendel's Standard catalog of Farm Tractors. It's also listed in Wendel's copyright book for their insignia and also another Wendel book on early tractors. There is only one known factory picture of the tractor and I'm not sure if it was a photo or drawing. It shows a more conventional steering set-up. I have a lot of early farm and tractor publications and I haven't found any factory ads or literature. The picture comes from the Cooperative Tractor Catalog. I've got the reprint of the 1926 edition that can still be bought. I was going to scan it in and post it the other night and there was an update for the scanner to cover communication issues. I'd had the problem so I did the update. Now I've really got problems!! Anyway, I found the same basic ad in the 1922 edition from Google books so I'll attach the page. it's also the same generic picture. You may have to download and expand it to be able to read it. I got the tractor in 97 and so far I haven't seen or heard of another.

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Posted June 13, 2010 - 11:48 AM

I have never even heard of them before.
you got a rare machine on your hands!

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Posted June 13, 2010 - 11:54 AM

I have never even heard of them before.
you got a rare machine on your hands!


Possibly rarer than frozen Wooly Mammoths!

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Posted June 13, 2010 - 01:17 PM

Wish that that piece of old iron was in my front yard. Nice

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Posted June 14, 2010 - 04:17 PM

I wonder how many were made...? I also wonder how many of those ended up going to the wartime scrap drive?

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Posted June 14, 2010 - 04:36 PM

I have never even heard of them before.
you got a rare machine on your hands!

:ditto:

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Posted June 14, 2010 - 10:19 PM

I wonder how many were made...? I also wonder how many of those ended up going to the wartime scrap drive?


Hard to say how many they built. They sure didn't believe in advertising! Hard to sell something that nobody knows about. The Centaur also started in 21. They apparently did a lot of advertising and it was 25 before they came close to 1000 units per year. So far, I'd say maybe all but one has went for scrap. I figure ther are probably a few others somewhere but who knows when one will show up. In the mid 80s I found an owners manual for a New Britain tractor. I'd seen them in ads but never in person. I ask a lot of people but nobody had seen one. In 98 the first one showed up. Since then about 7 more have turned up. I guess they are dang near common now!

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Posted June 14, 2010 - 10:21 PM

Possibly rarer than frozen Wooly Mammoths!

Nah! I don't think there's anything rarer than that!!




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