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#1 Bill56 OFFLINE  

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Posted March 16, 2010 - 02:56 PM

A few of you may have seen this tractor already. I hope to get started on restoring it this Spring. It will probably be just a dissassemble and cleaning job for this year.

If any of you have information to share, about the Midland 4 wheeled tractors, I would appreciate it. Internet searches have come up with very little information. Midland made these tractors, for Montgomery Wards, for one year only. Midland also sold these tractors with their own name on them... for how many years?... I don't know.
I have located one owner of a Wards/Midland tractor (Iowa), and one owner of a Midland tractor that apears to be older than my tractor. It seems there would be more owners of these tractors, out there somewhere, but I haven't been able to find them. Most of the talk and information is about the 2-wheeled type tractors.
I hope you enjoy the pictures.

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Posted March 16, 2010 - 07:51 PM

cool looking beast, would be nice to have looks like a tank how's it run. james

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Posted March 16, 2010 - 09:38 PM

The engine runs very well. Starts on the second pull with a rope! Those model 19 Briggs are a little beast! There is a gear that needs replacing in the differential so, at the moment, it is a "one wheel drive" tractor.

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Posted March 17, 2010 - 07:59 PM

That is one Unique looking machine!
The thing looks like a minature Tank LOL.,
Goodluck with it, and keep us updated if you make any progress, or find any more info on it.:bounce:

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Posted March 17, 2010 - 09:06 PM

Thanks for the comments guys. It is quite an odd looking machine! The hood sort of looks like an after thought. I wish I had the mower attachment to go with it. It's a front mounted mower, belt driven. That's why there's a slot at the bottom front on the grill.
I have the mounting frame, for the front snow plow, but am missing the blade itself.

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Posted March 18, 2010 - 12:57 PM

It is definitely a unique machine, looks like it is a beast. Nice tractor Bill :thumbs:

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Posted March 29, 2010 - 11:31 AM

That's one neat looking machine.

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Posted March 05, 2011 - 01:11 PM

That is one sweet tractor, sure looks built well.

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Posted March 05, 2011 - 01:17 PM

I've never seen one of these. Looks really tough. Watch shoelaces and pant legs with that chain!
Thanks for posting an interesting tractor.

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Posted March 05, 2011 - 02:13 PM

I like that tractor!

I think the chain is covered by a guard, but you might grind the toe of your left boot off with the spinning drive pulley! You could easily add a flat piece of steel on the front of the left foot rest to keep your foot away from the pulley. I'd love to have a tank like that! It looks like it's built with some of the same tank-like qualities of my Speedex 1631.

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Posted March 05, 2011 - 05:39 PM

I like that tractor!

I think the chain is covered by a guard, but you might grind the toe of your left boot off with the spinning drive pulley! You could easily add a flat piece of steel on the front of the left foot rest to keep your foot away from the pulley. I'd love to have a tank like that! It looks like it's built with some of the same tank-like qualities of my Speedex 1631.


Glad you like it. You're right, there is a guard to cover the chain. The pulley may have had one too, but I'm not sure on that. One of the unique things about this tractor is the throttle control. There is no wire and cable, it's all done through lever and rod linkages.

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Posted March 05, 2011 - 05:44 PM

I've never seen one of these. Looks really tough. Watch shoelaces and pant legs with that chain!
Thanks for posting an interesting tractor.


"Never seen one of these" is a good statement. I looked, for a long time, before finding another owner in Iowa, and that's the only other one I know of for now. Seems like there should be more of them... somewhere!

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Posted March 05, 2011 - 05:59 PM

That is one sweet tractor, sure looks built well.


Thanks, I think it's pretty "sweet" too. If I remember right, you have a Wards Garden Mark. My tractor also has that model label. It should should have "Garden Mark" spelled out across the top of the grille, along with some MW medallions on each side of the hood. The medallions are missing and, unfortunately, the previous owner covered up all the wording with his "paintbrush" paint job!

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Posted October 17, 2011 - 09:36 PM

Here are some pictures of my Wards Estate tractor from 59 or 60. I have another one like it that has Midland decals on it but it is really rough.

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Posted October 17, 2011 - 09:43 PM

Here are some pictures of my Wards Estate tractor from 59 or 60. I have another one like it that has Midland decals on it but it is really rough.


I learned two things from those pics.

1. Those Marks look to be really well built with a neat lift for the tiller.

2. I would love to spend a day wandering around your back yard.

Thanks for the pics!




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