Jump to content

Garden Tractors and Parts on eBay

- - - - -

Early Tractors

  • Please log in to reply
8 replies to this topic

#1 LilysDad ONLINE  


    Millennium Falcon

  • Senior Member
  • Contributor
  • Member No: 10443
  • 13,015 Thanks
  • 9,644 posts
  • Location: N. Illinois, DeKalb County

Posted August 10, 2014 - 08:15 AM

Power King, Economy, Country Squire, Page, Pond, I know there are other brands of this genre. Which of these do you think is the best? Consider build quality, range of attachments, steering & handling ability, everything.

#2 jdcrawler ONLINE  



  • Senior Member
  • -GTt Supporter-
  • Contributor
  • Member No: 1639
  • 3,878 Thanks
  • 1,850 posts
  • Location: Madison, Indiana

Posted August 10, 2014 - 08:57 AM

I'm  going to vote for the Bolens Ridemaster.    Built from 1948 thru 1958.


With the engine out front  it puts all the weight on the drive wheels so the tractor has excellent traction.


There were wheel weight available for both front and rear wheels for added traction and stability.


The two drive wheels are close together and are able to rotate around more than 180 degrees so the tractor can turn so that it pivots around the center of the driver seat.


The width of the rear wheels were adjustable from about 3 foot out to about 5 foot to fit different implements and crop rows.


The rear wheels could also be adjusted up or down so you could have one rear wheel down in the plow furrow and the operator would still be riding level instead of slanting sideways.


There were 17 implements available for this tractor and most of them mounted below the operator so you had a good view how the particular implement was functioning.


You had the option of different plows, mowers, cultivators, sprayers and a dump cart.    All of these fit on the tractor itself.

Edited by jdcrawler, August 10, 2014 - 09:23 AM.

  • hamman, boyscout862 and LilysDad have said thanks

#3 DougT ONLINE  


    Dog Approved

  • Super Moderator
  • Staff
  • -GTt Supporter-
  • Contributor
  • Member No: 584
  • 6,856 Thanks
  • 4,956 posts
  • Location: north central Ohio

Posted August 10, 2014 - 09:05 AM

Powerking, Economy, and Country Squire were all the same manufacturer. Page had close ties there as well. There seem to be more of these left around than a lot of other brands. That may be an indicator that they were probably the most usefull and easy to use. There were a lot of small manufacturers of riding tractors in the 30's and 40's. Everybody had an idea and tried to put them to use. I'm sure some failed due to marketing abilities but many were awkward and hard to use. The ones that were the biggest pieces of crap are the most collectable today.

  • hamman, LilysDad and superaben have said thanks

#4 trowel OFFLINE  



  • Senior Member
  • Member No: 5127
  • 4,823 Thanks
  • 4,533 posts
  • Location: ma.

Posted August 10, 2014 - 09:07 AM

Depends on your application needed and personal taste. I have so much trouble giving my opinion on what you would need seeing as i am not you.


I have several tractors, LT, GT, CPT and FT, each has a duty and fills a void the other can not do.

  • hamman and LilysDad have said thanks

#5 LilysDad ONLINE  


    Millennium Falcon

  • Senior Member
  • Contributor
  • Member No: 10443
  • 13,015 Thanks
  • 9,644 posts
  • Location: N. Illinois, DeKalb County

Posted August 10, 2014 - 10:15 AM

I know this may be subjective. I'm not looking for advice to buy one. There were a lot of these homemade looking tractors back in the early days and I just wonder what you think was the most popular and successful.


I hadn't thought about the Ridemaster, but that's sure a good one!

Edited by LilysDad, August 10, 2014 - 10:16 AM.

  • jdcrawler said thank you

#6 glgrumpy OFFLINE  


    Getting Out!

  • Senior Member
  • -GTt Supporter-
  • Member No: 8360
  • 8,564 Thanks
  • 7,881 posts
  • Location: Huntington, IN 46750 North East in State

Posted August 10, 2014 - 10:53 AM

Vote Economy or PK here of course.  Wheelhorse came from Pond family and so did Speedex, but diff members. BUT, in all cases, the later ones are much better machine than the early ones.  Parts easier to find for Economy PK and fit many years.

  • LilysDad said thank you

#7 GTTinkerer OFFLINE  


    GT Tinkerer

  • Senior Member
  • -GTt Supporter-
  • Contributor
  • Member No: 1564
  • 1,162 Thanks
  • 1,331 posts
  • Location: Mancelona, MI

Posted August 10, 2014 - 12:32 PM

The wide variety of attachments for the original Copar Panzers makes them a contender for me.  Much more so in the Northeast part of the country.

  • LilysDad and panzersarebest have said thanks

#8 countryboy88 OFFLINE  

  • Senior Member
  • Member No: 8702
  • 100 Thanks
  • 143 posts
  • Location: Joy, Illinios

Posted August 10, 2014 - 07:17 PM

My vote is for Economy, PK, Country Squire. Large variety of attachments, lots of parts available, simple design, and strong.  

  • LilysDad said thank you

#9 crittersf1 OFFLINE  


    GT Lunatic

  • Senior Member
  • Member No: 26142
  • 4,204 Thanks
  • 5,802 posts
  • Location: Newport, N.C.

Posted August 11, 2014 - 07:18 AM

0711140635a.jpg 0711140635c_2.jpg 0711140636a.jpg 0711140636b.jpg

  • jdcrawler and LilysDad have said thanks