It was a strange looking contraption, no doubt about it. It stood out from the crowd of regular tractors at the Foothills Antique Power Association of NC's 2015 show as it would at any event.
Minneapolis-Moline called it the Farmor or the Uni-Tractor. Some sceptics called it "The Motorcycle".
According to the ad copy under the plastic laminate it was the greatest advancement in agriculture since the invention of the pointed stick.
"Five machines in one, a self propelled machine for every harvest job at less cost than pull behinds." "One basic tractor with interchangeable harvesting machines." The attachment units turned it into a; forager, windrower, harvester, husker and picker-sheller. All of which mounted on the Uni power unit.
"Husk corn in the morning and combine soybeans the same afternoon with the same tractor." "Change from one harvesting machine to another in less than 30 minutes."
Sounds good to me, I'll take two. Where do I sign? But wait! Why am I the only one standing in this line? Why indeed?
Introduced in 1951 Minneapolis-Moline manufactured the Farmor at their plant at Hopkins, Minnesota until 1962. It was powered by a M-M 206cu. in. 4 cylinder gasoline engine. Three forward speeds offered a range from .9 to 9.8 mph. one reverse gear was provided. During the final year of production in 1962 the sticker price was $3,900.
During the entire production run Farmor sales were limited. For whatever reason, farmers never embraced the concept, prefering to stick with the equipment they were familiar with. As always, If you can provide any additional information or insight on this topic please leave a comment.
www.agweb.com The unique Minneapolis-Moline Uni-Tractor by Larry Gray Oct. 20, 2015