Massey-Harris “No. 2” Tractor

Massey-Harris “No. 2” Tractor

Current Location:

Collection Storage Facility

History:

The Massey-Harris “No. 2” tractor was a Canadian-built version of the Parrett 12-25 tractor. The Parrett tractor was, for its time, a lightweight machine distinguished by its large wheels, high-clearance, and sideways-mounted radiator. It offered farmers with small and medium-sized operations a cheaper alternative to large, expensive steam-traction engines. Massey-Harris signed a deal to build Parrett-designed tractors in Canada after the company’s failure with selling American-built Bull tractors. Massey-Harris labelled the Parrett designs as the No. 1 and No. 2 tractors. A modified design, the No. 3, was produced in 1921. The Massey-Harris No. 2 tractor was built at its factory in Weston, then just outside of Toronto. At the time, Massey-Harris was the biggest manufacturer of agricultural machinery in the British Empire. The Parrett Tractor Company was headquartered in Chicago, Illinois.

CAFM
Canada Agriculture and Food Museum
Artifact No.
1983.0368
Manufacturer
Massey-Harris Co.
Manufacturer Location
Weston, Ontario
Manufacture Date
1918
Acquisition Date
1983