In the past, tractors have always been valuable tools for farm work, and even for yard and garden work. While many people are aware of antique car collectors, few may be aware of the individuals that dedicate their time to the collection and restoration of antique tractors. These are often items that are not only collected, but handed down through generations of families. Continue reading to learn about Power King Economy Tractor history and information.
In the 1800’s, the oldest form of the tractor was equipped with a steam engine that was not self-propelled (portable). The first self-propelled (traction) engine was developed about 1850. Steam engines continued to be used all the way into the twentieth century.
The first gasoline powered tractor was invented in the state of Iowa around 1892 by John Froelich. He received a patent for the model, and began the Waterloo Gasoline Traction Engine Company. Unfortunately he had invested everything in the company, and by 1895 it closed for business. The idea would continue to be improved upon by two other gentleman in in Iowa as well.
Charles Hart and Charles Parr are responsible for building the two-cylinder gasoline engine. In 1903, Hart and Parr built fifteen tractors, and number 3 remains on display at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History in Washington, D. C. It remains the oldest combustion engine tractor to have survived to date in the United States.
At first, they were often too large, and too expensive for most to be able to purchase. By 1910, the gasoline powered versions had been designed smaller, and were more affordable. In 1917, Henry Ford became the first to mass produce the machine. By the 1920’s, the gasoline internal combustible engine was considered normal.
Today, there are many variations of the tractor, with different configurations based on the job they are to perform. Most people are familiar with the model used on farms, but there are a variety of other types constructed to perform specific tasks. Compact utility, garden, and engineering are just some of the variations.
For the antique collector, some of these models are prized possessions. They have often been traditionally handed down in the family, or even purchased by fathers for sons. Showings for these are as exciting to their owners as those for classic car collectors.
The Power King Economy Tractor is one such brand, and it began being manufactured in 1946. They continued manufacturing different models of their product over a fifty year period. The original name of the corporation was Engineering Products, and they were located in Waukesha, Wisconsin. The goal was to manufacture the best quality garden tractor available.
The company name began as Economy and Jim Dandy, however, for fear that the word economy would imply cheap, the name was later changed to Power King. There is certainly nothing cheap about the product, and the name change was understandable. They did however, build an excellent quality product at an affordable price that has become a collectors item. There are a variety of enthusiasts and websites dedicated to not only the model, but available replacement parts as well. You can search for cheap used tractor tires for sale.