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Little Tractor Delights Three Generations
Michigan resident Wade Poland says his dad could build or fix just about anything, so when he was a tyke just 2 years old, back in 1970, his dad surprised him with a home-built tractor.
Poland says his little red tractor had a battery-powered electric motor that would scoot him around the yard and across the lawn about as fast as a person could walk. A small metal “fake” engine, complete with spark plug wires, was mounted on the block. The tractor’s steel frame was made of scrap metal. The heavy gauge sheet metal body was painted red with the word “Farmall JR” on the side for authenticity.
The elder Poland used metal tubing for the axles and installed small lawn mower wheels in front and slightly larger ones in the back. He fashioned a steering mechanism complete with an old lawn mower steering wheel so his son could maneuver the vehicle. Poland says the “operator station” with its bench seat was just large enough for a 2 or 3-year-old to sit, drive and steer.
Poland recalls that his “Tiny Tractor” was fun for him to drive when he was a kid, and over the years, it’s brought him even more pleasure. He kept it for his kids, and now, 52 years after it was built, his grandkids are still enjoying it.
“Everyone’s smiling when the little ones are driving it around,” Poland says, “and I sure wish my dad could see how his little tractor has made it through the generations. He’d be proud, just as I am.”
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Wade Poland (Facebook: Farmall Restorations, Rebuilds and Repairs).

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2023 - Volume #47, Issue #4