Yuba

The Yuba Manufacturing Co. of Marysville, California entered into tractor production when it bought the Ball-Tread Co. of Detroit, Michigan in 1914. Ball-Tread tractors had two tracks at the rear and a single front wheel to assist with steering, but their unique feature was a set of steel balls between each track and track frame to reduce friction. Yuba continued to sell the company's Model 12 and Model 18 tractors after the takeover, and subsequently extended the range to include a 15-25 and 20-35 model. In 1919 a gigantic 40-70 hp tractor was built - with a full-length canopy, this machine weighed in at over 10 tons and was powered by an engine of Yuba's own design. The last Yuba tractors rolled off the production line in 1931.

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Yuba 12-20 (serial no. 392) at Bright's Pioneer Exhibit, Le Grand, California, USA in 2008.



Yuba 12-20 (serial no. 1015) at the Heidrick Ag History Center, Woodland, California, USA in 2005.



Yuba 20-35 (serial no. 631) at the Antique Farm Equipment Museum, Tulare, California, USA in 2005. This tractor is now on display at the Museum of Ventura County Agriculture Museum, Santa Paula, California.



Yuba 15-25 (serial no. 5067) at the Heidrick Ag History Center, Woodland, California, USA in 2005.



Yuba 15-25 at the Best Show on Tracks, Woodland, California, USA in 2008.

 


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