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    Scale Models Massey Harris GP 15/22 4x4 is the tractor for this week.

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    Originally posted by
    Massey-Harris was formed with the merger of the Massey and Harris companies, both major manufacturers of harvesting machinery in Canada. Massey-Harris merged with Ferguson, after Harry Ferguson had split from Ford, to form Massey Ferguson. AGCO purchased Massey-Ferguson in 1994 and continues to use the name.
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    Originally posted by
    The Massey-Harris 15/22 GP General Purpose tractor was the first Massey-Harris designed tractor.
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    The Massey Harris GP 15/22 was first equipped with a Hercules 226 cubic inch four cylinder which with three forward speeds was capable of nearly 20 drawbar horsepower. Production began in 1930. An in house engine of the same size as the Hercules was installed in 1936 though it had less power. Half a dozen tread widths were options offering different spacing for rows.

    We tend to think of four wheel drive tractors as a necessity of perspiration in the great plains of the USA and Canada born out of the barns, sheds or garages of farmers in the 1950s through the late 1960s. Companies with names such as Steiger, Versatile and Big Bud from Fargo, North Dakota, Winnipeg, Manitoba and Harve, Montana respectively began production during that time. The GP 15/22 was among the earliest factory produced 4x4 tractors although not the first. It was built in Racine, Wisconsin at the Massy Harris Plant. Massey Harris and Ferguson combined in the early 1950s to form Massey Ferguson. The last tractor to wear the Massey Harris name would be sold in 1958 and none of their tractors ever passed the 100 hp club. Massey Ferguson would continue on and is still a viable tractor brand today owned by AGCO.

    Our tractor for this week is 1/16 scale and was #11 in the Collector Series produced by Scale Models as part of their antique tractor toy run. Only 5,000 models would first be sold starting in November of 1983.

    This piece was purchased at an estate sale in Marshall, IL and came from the collection of one of my father's cousin's spouse who had collected real tractors as well as toy tractors for 30+ years. Both my dad's cousin and her husband had passed away within a short time period. This is one of several I bought in August of 2020 at that sale. We had at least one family reunion and several cookouts at their farm back in the 1990s in rural Clark County. It's with great admiration that I hold this fine toy as part of my collection. It's a true keepsake.

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    Scale Models Collectors Guide. Published 2006 by Woodward Communications on behalf of Scale Models. Page 32.

    The Proud Heritage of Agco Tractors by Norm Swinford. Published 1999 by American Society of Agriculture Engineers. Page 208.

  • #2
    I was always disappointed that Scale Models did not offer this one and some of their other vintage tractors in 1/64th scale. I remember seeing this one at a few toy shows in the day and very, very tempted but reminding myself that I had to stay with 1/64th scale and then thinking how nice that would look in my office. Appreciate you offering the history that goes with these unique tractors.


    • #3
      Another one I have never seen before !! Looks like it could get it done !!
      too bad only in 1/16
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      • #4
        This has to be among one of the earliest examples of a four-wheel-drive tractor with equal-sized wheels in existence.


        • #5
          This feature is always an education.
          The image file limits have been reset. We have over-limit warnings for the past 3 months and I've had to lower the image file limits. Upper limits now are 100,000 when we have some images that exceed 5,000,000. I know I've mentioned many times before, but it is very important to downsize images - doesn't matter if they are hosted elsewhere or here. I've set the pixels for no more than 1000 across the longest side, so if you resize to that all should be well. (The new limits are larger than what I typically use, and my images turn out just fine, so I know it shouldn't be a problem)

          Thank you for your understanding.


          • #6
            Thank you for the history lesson.
            I never knew about early 4x4 tractors like this one.
            And a big thank you for continuing the feature "Tractor of the Week".
            It is definitely educational.

            Cheers. Cobra