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#1 David Brown OFFLINE  

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Posted November 26, 2012 - 01:25 PM

I've been seeing a lot of misunderstandings concerning these tractors since I got into them years ago. I would like to lay some ground work for a better understanding if I may. Engineered Products began building tractors in 1946 and went until about 1996 with several different owners in the last several years of existence. When they started they had just one model of tractor. It was the Economy tractor. In the fifties they came out with a smaller model so they needed to come up with model designations. The models for the Economy tractors during this time were Power King for the larger model and Jim Dandy for the smaller model. Both were offered with several different engines and the Power Kings were offered with two different rear wheel sizes. In spite of all that, you have an Economy Power King with either 24" or 16" wheels. No number designations were in existence. If you needed parts you simply told the dealer you had (for instance) a 1967 14 horse Power King with 24" rear wheels and gave the serial number. That was it.

Around 1976/77 the Economy name was replaced by Power King so Power King was now the tractor's name. Same company, same tractor, just a change of name. They felt that the name "Economy made the tractors sound cheap. Thus started the numbered system that we all like to use but few actually understand. The Jim Dandy became the 1612 and the old Power King models became 1614, 1618, 2414, etc. The number system is nothing more than the rear tire size (24 or 16) and the horse power (12, 14, 16, 18 etc.) I own three of these tractors.

1973 Economy 14 horse with 16" rear wheels. (many folks would call this a 1614)
1981 Power King 1614
1983 Power King 2414

Most people like to use the numbered system when referring to an older Economy. That's fine because everyone is used to using it now and it gets the point across in an efficient way. I've learned to let it slide except when they get it wrong (which I am seeing a lot of lately). They get it wrong because they don't understand the system. That's where we come in. Face it, we are here to educate and have fun at the same time. I'm a little anal about this because I've always said that these tractors are history lessons on wheels. We should make some attempt to be accurate. After all, George Washington didn't ride a Harley to warn us that the Chinese were coming. You get my point.

This is just scratching the surface of this company but I think it's all we need for now. Probably more than you wanted to know but, as I say, it's all in the name of accuracy. I hope I put another wrinkle in your brain today.
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Posted November 26, 2012 - 01:59 PM

Jeff, this is very nicely writen! I do not have anything to add, except that the 16 and 18 horse engines were not offered untill 1978 I believe. So by the time they came into play the number system was already in affect. But, that is not really important for what you are saying.

I am guilty of this also, I say they the '71 and '75 are both 1614 models when they are not. I do however, address the '56, the '64 and the '65 appropriately.

I do not have a problem using the numbers for earlier tractors, as long as it is done correctly. The thing that bothers me more then anything else is when people say that their Jim Dandy is a Power King!
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Posted November 26, 2012 - 02:05 PM

I've been guilty of using the numbers for earlier tractors too. In the grand scheme of things, I guess it really doesn't matter. I just believe that, if we are to be looked at as a place to get good, accurate information, we should set the example and do it right. Will it matter in 100 years? No, I'm just bein picky. I would have to check on the 18hp engine but you may be right. You are right that it doesn't matter for this particular post. I just wanted to give an overview to get us thinking right. Now if I could only spell...

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Posted November 26, 2012 - 02:22 PM

Thanks for this bit of information.
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Posted November 26, 2012 - 02:29 PM

I've been guilty of using the numbers for earlier tractors too. In the grand scheme of things, I guess it really doesn't matter. I just believe that, if we are to be looked at as a place to get good, accurate information, we should set the example and do it right. Will it matter in 100 years? No, I'm just bein picky. I would have to check on the 18hp engine but you may be right. You are right that it doesn't matter for this particular post. I just wanted to give an overview to get us thinking right. Now if I could only spell...


Here is a chart.

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#6 David Brown OFFLINE  

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Posted November 26, 2012 - 03:14 PM

Yep, that's the same chart I have. Thanks for posting it.

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Posted November 26, 2012 - 03:14 PM

Could a mod please put the "n" in Economy for me? I have no idea what an Ecoomy is! Maybe erase this reply when you do? Thanks. I'll get through life in spite of myself.


A big THANK YOU to the person who fixed my goof!

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Posted November 26, 2012 - 08:05 PM

That's good info to have I knew the hp and wheel were used to do the models But did not no the cutoff going back in the years thats great info

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Posted November 26, 2012 - 08:20 PM

A big THANK YOU to the person who fixed my goof!


I got that for you DB. And thanks for helping me get my head on straight with the models so that I could correct the registry.
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Posted November 26, 2012 - 08:22 PM

I got that for you DB. And thanks for helping me get my head on straight with the models so that I could correct the registry.


Thank YOU Daniel. You and the other mods are doing a super job here! Bravo! :worshippy1: :rocker2: :thumbs:
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Posted November 26, 2012 - 08:27 PM

Where does Country Gentleman fit in?

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Posted November 26, 2012 - 09:07 PM

Where does Country Gentleman fit in?


You talking about the Country Squire? They rolled off the same assembly line as the Economy tractors, just badged differently and sold under a different name. There are others (Red E for one) and there was even a Power Queen for a short time. I wanted to keep it simple for now and build on it later
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Posted November 27, 2012 - 02:25 PM

Good information.1978 was the first year that the number designation came into use.One other thing I would like to add,the Jim Dandy will not accept front mount implements from the other models but the 1612 will.That is one down fall of the Jim Dandy since front mount implements are not readily available.
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Posted November 27, 2012 - 02:43 PM

Good information.1978 was the first year that the number designation came into use.One other thing I would like to add,the Jim Dandy will not accept front mount implements from the other models but the 1612 will.That is one down fall of the Jim Dandy since front mount implements are not readily available.


I figured on getting in to that at a later date but I appreciate you bringing it up. Folks, this guy here has more knowledge of these tractors in his little finger than I have in my whole body. He will set the record straight!

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Posted November 27, 2012 - 07:14 PM

Where does Country Gentleman fit in?


I think it was the Country Squire?

And to answer your Question, I Don't know.




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