List of traction engine manufacturers

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This is a list of the more notable companies that manufactured traction engines of any kind, including steam tractors, portable engines, and steam rollers.

Great Britain[edit]

There were a large number of manufacturers in Great Britain. Most started life as agricultural engineers, and many exported engines all over the world. Some of the manufacturers are listed below:

North America[edit]

Key: '~' indicates a manufacturer for whom no known products survive.

Amongst other models, built three-wheelers with a single wheel mounted on a fork perch bracket beneath the smokebox.[4]
  • Ames Iron Works
  • ~Atlas Engine Works
  • Aultman Co.
  • Aultman-Taylor Machinery Co.
  • Avery Power Machinery Co.
  • A.D. Baker Company
  • Best Manufacturing Company
  • Birdsall Engine Co.
  • Blumentritt Co.
  • Buffalo-Pitts Steam Roller Co.
  • Buffalo-Springfield Roller Co.
  • ~Byron, Jackson Machine Works
  • Case, J.I. Co.
  • Colean Mfg. Co.
  • C & G Cooper & Co's.
  • Crowel Mfg. Co.
  • Clyde Iron Works Co., Duluth, MN
  • D. June & Co.
  • ~Davidson & Rutledge
  • Farquhar, A.B. Co.
  • ~Fishkill Landing Machine Co.
  • Frick & Co.
  • Gaar Scott & Co.
  • Geiser Manufacturing, makers of the Peerless line of steam tractors, later bought out by Emerson-Brantingham
  • ~George W. Morris
  • ~George Page & Co.
  • George White & Sons Co. Ltd., London and Brandon, Canada.
  • Greyhound, Banting Mfg. Co.
  • Groton, Charles Perrige & Co.
  • ~Hagerstown Steam Engine & Machine Co.
  • ~Harrisburg Car Mfg. Co.
  • Harrison Machine Works (Jumbo)
  • Heilman Machine Works
  • ~Holt Manufacturing Company (became Caterpillar Inc.)
  • ~Hooven, Owens & Rentschler Co.
  • Huber Manufacturing Co.
  • Illinois Thresher Co.
  • ~Jacob Price
  • ~James Means & Co.
  • John Goodison Thresher Co. Ltd.
  • ~J.M. Ross & Sons
  • Keck-Gonnerman Co., Mount Vernon, Indiana
  • O.S. Kelly Co.
  • Kitten, Ferdinand Foundry Co.
  • ~Koppes W.M. & Co.
  • Lang & Button Co., Ithaca, New York
  • Lansing Iron Works Co.
  • Leader, Marion Mfg. Co.
  • MacDonald Thresher Co., Stratford, Ontario, Canada
  • McNamer Co., Newark, Ohio
  • ~Merritt & Kellogg, Battle Creek, Michigan
  • ~Messinger Mfg. Co., Tatamy, Pennsylvania
  • Minneapolis Threshing Machine Co., Hopkins, Minn.
  • ~Morningstar Mfg. Co. (Napoleon), Napoleon, Ohio
  • ~Muncy Traction Engine Co., Muncy, Pennsylvania
  • New-Giant, Northwest Thresher Co., Stillwater, Minn.
  • New Hamburg Mfg. Co. Ltd., New Hamburg, Ontario, Canada
  • Nichols & Shepard Co., Battle Creek, Michigan
  • ~Ohio Engine & Thresher Co., Upper Sandusky, Ohio
  • ~Owens, Lane & Duyer Co., Hamilton, Ohio
  • Peerless, Geiser Mfg. Co., Waynesboro, Pennsylvania
  • Peterson N. C. & Sons, Sarnia, Ontario, Canada
  • Port Huron Engine & Thresher Co., Port Huron, Mich.
  • Reeves & Co., Columbus, Indiana
  • ~Remington Co., Woodburn, Oregon
  • Robert-Bell Engine & Thresher Co., Seaforth, Ontario, Canada
  • ~Roberts & Dean Co., Sacramento, California
  • Robinson & Co., Richmond, Indiana
  • M Rumley Co., LaPorte, Indiana – later merged with the Advance Thresher Co. to create Advance-Rumely Thresher Co.
  • Russell & Co., Massillon, Ohio
  • ~Ryan & McDonald, Waterloo, New York
  • Sawyer-Massey & Co. Ltd., Hamilton, Ontario, Canada after merger with Harris to form Massey-Harris later became Massey-Ferguson )
  • Scheidler, R. Co., Newark, Ohio
  • Springfield Engine & Thresher Co., Springfield, Ohio (later became OS Kelly Co and Kelly Springfield)
  • Stevens, A. W. & Son Co., Auburn, New York
  • Stevens, A. W. Co., Marinette, Wisconsin
  • Twentieth Century Mfg. Co., Marinette, Wisconsin
  • ~Union-Iron Works (Walker), Newark, Ohio
  • Upton Mfg. Co., Port Huron, Michigan
  • Waterloo Mfg. Co. Ltd., Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
  • Waterous Engine Works Co. Ltd., Bradford, Ontario, Canada
  • Watertown Engine Company, Watertown, New York
  • Westinghouse Co., Schenectady, New York Westinghouse Farm Engine
  • Wood Brothers Thresher Co., Des Moines, Iowa
  • Wood, S.W. & Son Co., Clyde, New York
  • Wood, Taber & Morse Co., Eaton, New York

Rest of the world[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ The World Encyclopedia of Trucks, by Peter J Davis, ISBN 1-84309-201-8
  2. ^
  3. ^ Placard at Saskatchewan Western Development Museum
  4. ^ Kelly, Maurice A (1995). The American Steam Traction Engine. CMS Publishing. p. 58. ISBN 0-9527470-0-6.