I too started collecting tractors first. I soon discovered that Stationary Engines are more fun to display at shows. Engines draw crowds and start people talking, where tractors are heavy to transport to the shows and just don't excite crowds unless they are plowing,disking or belted to something. Merton from Eastern North Carolina
Question:Could someone clarify for me what we consider early tractors? Would it be pre 1940, pre 1930, back in the teens? This will help get my thoughts in line with this thread. When I took a 1930 McDr. 10-20 to a parade a couple of years age, many along the route shouted "What Year?". Many had not seen a hand crank model before. That can be a culture shock to those of us who grew up with these models.Thank you,Charlie V.
I wonder if the crowd you are drawing is related to your location. I always see primarily tractors in eastern NC shows. Head to the mountains and it is just about all engines. The tractors in eastern NC tend to be larger models also.