Antique Garden Tractors (also called Antique Mini Tractors) are small, compatible and simple mini tractors designed for use in domestic gardens. Garden Tractors are usually designed primarily for cutting grass being fitted with horizontal rotary cutting blades. The distinction between a garden tractor and a ride-on lawnmower is often hard to make- generally antique Garden Tractors are more sturdily built, with stronger steel frames, axles and transmissions. Antique Garden Tractors are generally capable of mounting other implements such as harrows, cultivators/rotavators, sweepers, rollers and dozer-blades.
Antique Garden Tractors are a great piece of machinery when the days of the old have gone by. The market for antique garden tractors is currently exploding as more people pick up tractor restoration as a past time. In addition to being a great way to kill time, restoring antique garden tractors can also be a great way to earn a little extra cash.
If you are interested in reviving antique garden tractors then the first that should be done is to learn what model(s) are worth restoring and what models should be left in the scrap pile. You can determine what models are in high demand by going to the internet and visiting antique garden tractor chat rooms, message boards, blogs and by reading antique garden tractor trade publications. It is a good idea to specialize in one, two, or even three models . This will help to reduce how much research/knowledge you will need to do to learn how to identify mechanical problems, where to get parts and how to repair mechanical problems on your project tractors.
The next step is to learn where you can find antique garden tractors to restore. This step is pretty simple. First of all you can visit your local junk yards to look for parts and tractors. Next you can visit yard sales and garage sales. Finally you can search classified ads that list antique garden tractors that are for sale. You may also want to read the free classified section of your local newspaper.
After you have restored your antique garden tractors your next step will be to find a motivated buyer. There are a many ways of doing this. First of all you can simply place an ad in your local newspaper or in a auto magazine. Next you can take your restored tractors to trade shows and tractor shows. Finally you can use flea markets to display your antique garden tractors and to find a buyer.
The most common use of the term is for the vehicles used on farms. The farm tractor is used for pulling or pushing agricultural machinery or trailers, for plowing, tilling, disking, harrowing, planting, and similar tasks. Charles City, Iowa is the birthplace of the farm tractor in the early 1900’s by the Hart-Parr Company, Later sold to White Tractor.