1917, Overtime Tractor

BH 14 Overtime Tractor.jpg
BH 14 Overtime Tractor.jpg

1917, Overtime Tractor

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The Overtime two-cylinder 12/25hp tractor preceded the Waterloo Boy made at Waterloo, Iowa by the Waterloo Gasoline Engine Co, who was a very successful stationary engine manufacturer. They had their roots in internal combustion tractors with John Froehlich in 1892, when his very crude machine threshed 62 bushels of wheat and was reliable in the application. However farmers would not grasp the new machine that later was to be called a tractor and Froelich and Waterloo went their separate ways. It was not until 1912 that Waterloo re-entered the market again and were to see success with the 'second generation' of smaller type tractors. The R model carries a 5.5in x 7in bore and stroke engine and later models were to have two-speeds and were to last in production until 1924 with the model N. By then of course it was a John Deere, as on 2 January 1918 Deere & Co purchased the Waterloo Gasoline Engine Co. That gave the famous plough company a range of successful tractors that were reliable and did exactly what was claimed in their publicity. So why is the tractor called an Overtime? Well in 1915 L J Martin of Hounslow came to an agreement that he would assemble the Waterloo Boy tractors, paint them in his own distinctive colours and name them Overtime. Some 3,000 plus came to the UK during the Great War and Martin's company was presented with a shield by the NFPC (National Food Production Campaign) for the 'Champion Tractor of England and Wales.'

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