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1918 Garner Tractor

1918 Garner Tractor in The World of Heavy Haulage, Documentary, 2004

Class: Others, Farming vehicle — Model origin: UK

1918 Garner Tractor

[*][*] Minor action vehicle or used in only a short scene

Comments about this vehicle


stronghold EN

2008-01-24 12:40


[Image: worldofheavyhaulage283ym5.5300.jpg]

Ddey65 US

2008-01-26 23:43


Old John Deere Waterboy?

Alexander DE

2008-02-26 20:51


I guess you mean the Waterloo Boy, which this one is not.

I cannot identify it so far. It is either a rare small garden tractor, or possibly a scale model of a large tractor from the 1910s or 1920s.

Huehnerbaron DE

2008-09-08 02:16


It looks like a scale model, but I did not see it at this year's Great Dorset Steam Fair, where the Documentary obviously was made in 2004.

1800power WL

2009-05-08 18:14


Deffinately not a Waterloo Boy!

kudos SX

2012-05-22 18:06


This is in fact a Garner tractor. These were built from 1947 to 1968 in an ex-truck factory in North London. This is the ballasted version with full bodywork, intended for towing canal boats.

Sunbar UK

2012-05-22 18:24


Far earlier than 1947 these were pre-WWI in about 1916 also sold as the Galloway Farmobile and Galloway Bear Cat in the USA, although its not clear who designed it initially.

The Garner tractor is in some way connected with an identical machine built in the USA by the William Galloway Co. of Waterloo, Iowa. The "Garner" name comes from Henry Garner Ltd. of the Moseley Motor Works in Birmingham, but whether Garner actually designed the tractor to be produced by Galloway, built the Galloway under license or merely sold it in the UK under a different name is not fully clear."

source: http://www.steel-wheels.net/garner.html

"Galloway as early as 1916 started work on his new worm drive tractor called the Bear Cat, production didn't start until around 1918. This tractor was sold with the same Dart engine as the later Farmobile. The Bear Cat is the tractor that Galloway went bankrupt on due to orders received by the English Gov. through Henry Garner Lid. before Wars end for 1080 units and not delivered. I suspect that Galloway got in over his head due to cost in converting/retooling his earlier purchased Maytag auto factory to build the new tractor. Also, according to 1918 Automotive Industries "Galloway was able to deliver only very few machines to Garner owing to inability to get needed machine tools and other equipment due to war effort". This is the same tractor as the English Garner just re-badged and the New York's Maxum which was nothing more then an outlet for the same Galloway Bear Cat tractor.
12 Farmobiles and 5 Bear Cat/Garners have survived."

source http://www.smokstak.com/forum/showthread.php?t=19008

[Image: gallowaybearcat.jpg]

kudos SX

2012-05-22 18:28


Thanks Sunbar, I was going by the info from The Ultimate Guide to Tractors by Jim Glastonbury. There is a picture of this very vehicle in that book.

Sunbar UK

2012-05-22 18:41


I found the information about the Galloway Bear Cat some time ago and the British Government order for tractors during WWI but it all got a bit confusing as to if Galloway agreed to build Garner's design or was it Garner later building the US tractor in the UK?

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