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Posted February 26, 2011 - 10:18 PM

what year would you say the tractor is about?

If you can narrow down the year the wisconsin could be easier to ID
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Posted February 26, 2011 - 10:40 PM

Someplace I found something about it being built between 1948 and 1953..

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Posted February 26, 2011 - 11:01 PM

Are there any #'s on the engine?

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Posted February 26, 2011 - 11:05 PM

Brian , I will look in the morning and see if there is anything on the engine. I didn't see anything earlier, but I didn't look real hard. Thanks

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Posted February 26, 2011 - 11:12 PM

This is the same basic tractor as the one I posted one post previously in this forum. The Power Trac /Chor trac were made for Ward's by the Midland tractor company of Milwaukee Wis. The distinctive item is the extruded shaft which forms the control column. Don't know about the Power Trac, but the Chor Trac used a Wisconsin ABN engine. I do know a fellow who is pretty much a Midland expert. I will try to contact him to see if he knows the exact engine designation. Ward's Midlands were orange with grey wheels. I believe the regular Midlands were dark green.
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Posted February 27, 2011 - 10:31 AM

Thank you, I posted in your thread that I thought they were the same..

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Posted February 27, 2011 - 07:46 PM

The engine and most of the frame appears to be orange,maybe like A/C orange, the rims are dark green. The I.D. tag from what I can read says, Wards Power Trac Model-MID6055B and Serial-3182. The engine does not have any markings on it, but does have rivets on fan shroud like the Wisconsin engine have.It has a little compression and both valves are moving, so is the mag,even though it will need work, cap is missing. Tires- dry roted, says Wards Riverside Power Trak on them, to bad they are junk.

Model is -Mid5055B Serial is -3182

Edited by Texas Deere and Horse, February 28, 2011 - 02:22 PM.
Correct model and serial #


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Posted February 28, 2011 - 09:13 AM

It's a lot like like my Allis Chalmers, especially in the frame section. Mine was built by Simplicity in 1956. I know they built the same basic machine for Montgomery Wards. This one looks a little older than mine though, so pre-1956. I can't help with the engine...mine came with a mid-1970s B&S and now has a bigger, newer B&S.

Great find. They are fun machines to use. I use mine mostly as a sickle mower. It's a beautiful thing.
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Posted February 28, 2011 - 08:23 PM

The 5055 was the basic Power-Trac unit sold in 1956-57. By adding a 5056 walking tractor kit it became a model 5849. By adding the 5057 kit it became a 5006 Power-Trac Rider. Believe these are Midland numbers.
M/Wards advertised them as 6hp in 1956 and 6-1/4hp in 1957.
The Power-Trac's 1953-57 were Midland built units using Wisconsin engines.
The Power-Trac Rider continued for 1958 as a Midland unit and that was the last rider.
The Power-Trac's 1958-64 were built by Simplicity with B&S engines and all walking models.

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Posted February 28, 2011 - 08:48 PM

Thanks for that info Garry! Can you check your references to see if you have a listing for an MID-M-10891...no other mod or ser # info on tag? Thanks...Dale
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Posted February 28, 2011 - 09:48 PM

Looks like a serial number on a Midland produced tractor sold by M/Wards and was likely stamped in. Unfortunately the model numbers were printed/painted on the shift plates and they seem to evaporate. The Simplicity plates are the same way.
The Hoe-Tracs, Chor-Trac's, Plow-Trac's and Power-Trac's where built by both Midland and Simplicity over the years in no given order. They got away with it because the same attachments fit both.

Did you know Simplicity supplied the BMB Company (British Motor Boat) in England prior to WWII with tractors? They named the models the Hoe-Mate, Chor-Mate and Plow-Mate. This stopped when Simplicity turned their production into the war effort.

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Posted March 01, 2011 - 10:16 AM

Gary, do you think maybe the "MID" in my I.D. plate stood for Midland? Do you have any idea about the "B" at the end of my model I,D.?.....Thnaks for all your help..

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Posted March 02, 2011 - 01:50 AM

Brian, does the magneto shown in the photo have an ID tag? Looks like a Bendix, but not many of those used on tractors. Hard to tell with the cap missing. Thanks! Dale
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Posted March 02, 2011 - 05:33 AM

Gary, do you think maybe the "MID" in my I.D. plate stood for Midland? Do you have any idea about the "B" at the end of my model I,D.?.....Thnaks for all your help..


The MID is definitely for Midland. Don't know what the B is for. Have seen others with A so it stands for something.

The Midland tractors are easy to identify because they are the only ones to use a single oval tube for the handle bars as far as I know. If you could find the serial number on the engine you can date it here
Wisconsin Motors | Engine Repair Support & FAQ
They also have the parts lists.

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Posted March 02, 2011 - 05:21 PM

Brian, does the magneto shown in the photo have an ID tag? Looks like a Bendix, but not many of those used on tractors. Hard to tell with the cap missing. Thanks! Dale


I located the I.D. tag on the Mag. and it's a Farbanks Morse, Type FM-XD1B7S, Serial4171074...The Carb. is a Marvel Scheeler, side draft, Model--VH53
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