I was reading through the sticky in the Economy section of GTTalk and read through a number of great info/history articles that "David Brown" had written a few years ago and that then "Ryan313" had compiled - lots of good info! Thank you guys for doing that!
Over the last couple of years, I have really been bitten hard by the "EPCO Bug" and being located here in SE Wisconsin, not far from the original Economy factory in Waukesha and minutes from the Red E facility in Richfield has made my recent obsession even more fun being so local.
I love research and every tractor I run across turns into a new "CSI Murder Mystery" for me that I enjoy trying to solve and with respect to EPCO tractors, there are just so many unanswered/undocumented questions that may never be solved, which is a big part of what's kept me interested.
Anyway, through my research, learning and observation over the past few years, I have collected more info pertaining to a a couple of the articles in the "sticky" thread that I'd be happy to share if anyone is interested. My interest/research has been primarily been in regards to the early (pre 1963) tractors. Moderators, if you would, feel free to add this to the existing Economy/Power King Tractor History and Information sticky thread. This thread that I'm starting, includes additional info I've pieced together with respect to the National Farm Equipment Co branded tractors.
There isn't a lot of information I've been able to find pertaining to the re-badged National tractors. So far, I've only heard of/seen one, which another forum member owns. Since it's not my tractor, I won't add pictures, but you can find pictures of it on this forum.
National Farm Equipment was a mail order company based out of New York who was in business for many years (1940's I believe through the late 70's from what I've been able to find). Through their catalog, they sold EVERYTHING imaginable that one could use on their farm; even things farmers probably didn't even need...from tractors to pet monkey's (yes...real monkeys that they'd ship you.)
Learning about the only National (EPCO) tractor I know of, this tractor was built in 1956 and like the other re-badged tractors, has a ID Tag with the serial # in the same sequence as the rest of the EPCO tractors, but with the "National Farm Equipment Co" name. Over the past year, I've been watching eBay for their catalogs and now have a catalog from 1950, 1956 and 1963. The 1950 catalog doesn't offer an EPCO tractor, however the 1956 catalog does.
They offered what they called a "Farm King" tractor, which appears to be a re-badged Power King of that era. Unlike the Economy's of that era though, the options were limited to:
-Briggs 23 Engine (no Wisconsin AEN option)
-16" rear wheels & 12" front wheels
-Fenders and Hood
-Variety of attachments
The same add also appears in the 1963 catalog, so I can confidently assume that these re-badged Economy's were available from National from as early as 1956 to as late as 1963. My guess though is that 1963 would have been the last year as this was the last year of this style of tractor.
What I do find interesting though, is the 1963 catalog also offers the Jim Dandy, however unlike the "Farm King" model, National didn't seem to re-brand the Jim Dandy as they refer to it as a Jim Dandy and you can even make out the Economy logo on the grill in the picture.
I hope this sheds a little more light on the National Farm Equipment Co and the Economy tractors that they re-badged. If anyone has any additional info on them or knows of one, I'd love to know more.
I'll be happy to write more info threads if anyone is interested in this kind of "useless info" that I've learned and really enjoy.
Edited by oldiron1, December 03, 2014 - 11:46 PM.