Universal Tractor Co.

The Universal was offered only in an 18 HP size. Proof of the ruggedness built into the Universal tractor is evident from the 3 1/2 inch crankshaft, unusually large size for an 18 HP tractor.

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The Universal Tractor Company resulted from A. O. Espe’s design built in Crookston, Minnesota. According to a tabulation in the March 1910 issue of Gas Review Magazine, production of the Universal tractor began in July 1909. Northwest Thresher Company took over Universal in 1910, and they were subsequently bought out by M. Rumely Company in 1912. Rumely built the same tractor for several years under the “GasPull” trademark.


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