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Friday, April 15, 2016

Engineering Products Company

The Engineering Products Company began producing a line of garden tractors in 1946 that they marketed under the Economy brand name. Assembled at their factory in Milwaukee Wisconsin from off the shelf components, production continued into the 1950’s.




A throwback to the days of steam traction engines models with chain steering were produced from 1946 until 1949.




Somewhere between the realms of full size farm tractors and riding lawnmowers lie the garden tractor variety like this nice selection on display at the Foothills Antique Power Association’s 12th Annual Power Show in Hickory, NC.




About as basic as you can get, they consisted of little more than a motor on a wheeled frame with a seat and a few controls.




Online sources vary on the dates of production but E.P.C. marketed tractors under at least three different brand names; Economy, Jim Dandy and Power King from shortly after the end of WW 2 into the 1990’s.




Most, at least in the early years were powered by Briggs & Stratton or Wisconsin engines like the models shown here.




Engineering Products Co. changed ownership several times during the 80’s and 90’s eventually being bought out by Yazoo.




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