Massey-Harris

Daniel Massey and Alanson Harris were pioneers of farm mechanization in Canada, and in 1891 their respective companies merged to form the Massey-Harris Co. While the early product line mainly consisted of harvesting equipment, by the 1910s M-H were considering entry into the tractor market. However, rather than design their own tractor from scratch, M-H opted to sell the products of other tractor manufacturers - firstly Big Bull tractors from the Bull Tractor Co. of Minneapolis and then Parrett tractors from the Parrett Tractor Co. of Chicago. It was the Parrett tractors that were the first to carry the Massey-Harris name: three models were introduced, the No.1, No.2 and No.3, featuring a four-cylinder Buda engine mounted crossways on the chassis. The No.1 was listed as a 12-25 hp model, although this figure was modified somewhat to 12-22 hp for the almost identical No.2. The 15-28 hp No.3 was very similar to the preceding two models, but saw the radiator moved from a longitudinal to transverse position and the use of a slightly larger engine. In 1928, Massey-Harris bought the J.I. Case Plow Works Co. based in Racine, Wisconsin, which gave it access to the Wallis range of tractors with their revolutionary U-frame design. These included the Wallis 12-20 and 20-30, which spawned the M-H Pacemaker, Challenger and Model 25 in the 1930s. In 1930, Massey-Harris also introduced the revolutionary "General-Purpose" (or GP) tractor, a four-wheel drive design with equal-sized wheels that was perhaps somewhat ahead of its time. A revised model was marketed from 1936, but M-H soon returned to more conventional tractor designs. The 1940s saw Massey-Harris abandon the U-frame concept altogether, and in 1953 the company merged with Ferguson to form Massey-Harris-Ferguson, with the name simplified to Massey-Ferguson in 1957.

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Massey-Harris No.2 12-22hp at the Dome Valley Museum, Arizona, USA in 2005.



Massey-Harris No.3 15-28hp (serial no. 3020, built 1923) at the Vooroorlogse Tractorshow Bergeijk, Netherlands in 2008.



Massey-Harris (Wallis) 20-30 (serial no. 56164) at the Great Dorset Steam Fair, Dorset, England in 2010.



Massey-Harris (Wallis) 20-30 (serial no. 60183) at Bonanzaville, Fargo, North Dakota, USA in 2011.



Massey-Harris (Wallis) 20-30 (serial no. 60406) at Carrington Rally, Lincolnshire, England in 2008.



Massey-Harris (Wallis) 20-30 (serial no. 62165) at the Midwest Old Threshers Reunion, Mt Pleasant, Iowa, USA in 2011.



Massey-Harris 20-30 (serial no. 64567) with Sunshine No.6 stripper-header at the Little Casterton Working Weekend, Lincolnshire, England in 2007.



Massey-Harris (Wallis) 20-30 (serial no. 64808) at the Midwest Old Threshers Reunion, Mt Pleasant, Iowa, USA in 2011.



Massey-Harris (Wallis) 20-30 (serial no. 65667) at the Vooroorlogse Tractorshow Bergeijk, Netherlands in 2008.



Massey-Harris (Wallis) 12-20 (serial no. 101044) at the Dome Valley Museum, Yuma, Arizona, USA in 2005.



Massey-Harris 12-20 (serial no. 104010) at the Midwest Old Threshers Reunion, Mt Pleasant, Iowa, USA in 2011.



Massey-Harris (Wallis) 12-20 (serial no. 105400) at the Little Casterton Working Weekend, Lincolnshire, England in 2010.



Massey-Harris (Wallis) 12-20 (serial no. 105941) at the Pioneer Power Show, Le Sueur, Minnesota, USA in 2011.



Massey-Harris 12-20 (serial no. 106602) at Broadwoodkelly, Devon, England in 2012.



Massey-Harris (Wallis) 12-20 at Carrington Rally, Lincolnshire, England in 2005.



Massey-Harris (Wallis) 12-20 Orchard (serial no. 200171) with Massey-Harris No.14 Spring Tine Lever Harrows at Onslow Park Rally, Shropshire, England in 2008.



Massey-Harris GP (serial no. 300835) at the Dome Valley Museum, Yuma, Arizona, USA in 2005.



Massey-Harris GP (serial no. 301122) at Carrington Rally, Lincolnshire, England in 2009.



Massey-Harris GP (serial no. 301540) at Pioneer Village, Minden, Nebraska, USA in 2011.



Massey-Harris GP (serial no. 301543) photographed in Belgium in 2006.



Massey-Harris GP (serial no. 301559) at Western Minnesota Steam Threshers Reunion, Rollag, Minnesota, USA in 2011.



Massey-Harris GP (serial no. 301611) at the Stuhr Museum of the Prairie Pioneer, Grand Island, Nebraska, USA in 2011.



Massey-Harris GP (serial no. 301720) at the Midwest Old Threshers Reunion, Mt Pleasant, Iowa, USA in 2011.



Massey-Harris GP (serial no. 302057) at Carrington Rally, Lincolnshire, England in 2009.



Massey-Harris GP (serial no. 302119) at Stapehill Abbey Museum sale, Dorset, England in 2006, and after restoration at Carrington Rally, Lincolnshire, England in 2009.



Massey-Harris GP (serial no. 302231) at Bonanzaville, Fargo, North Dakota, USA in 2011.



Massey-Harris GP (serial no. 302421) at the Little Casterton Working Weekend, Lincolnshire, England in 2006.



Massey-Harris GP (serial no. 302506) at Broadwoodkelly, Devon, England in 2012.



Massey-Harris GP fitted with replacement six-cylinder Hercules engine at Carrington Rally, Lincolnshire, England in 2011.



Massey-Harris GP at the Heidrick Ag History Center, Woodland, California, USA in 2005.



Massey-Harris GP at the Great Dorset Steam Fair, Dorset, England in 2005.



Massey-Harris GP at the Geraldine Vintage Car and Machinery Museum, Geraldine, New Zealand in 2006.



Massey-Harris GP at the Musee Maurice Dufresne, Azay-le-Rideau, France in 2007.

 


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