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JT Crawler tractor Cleveland, OH 1920?


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Default JT Crawler tractor Cleveland, OH 1920?

Is this the forerunner of the Cleveland/Cletrac crawler tractor? I just picked up a Jan. 1920 "Country Gentleman" advertisement for it and will copy with a digital camera and post it later.
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Default Re: JT Crawler tractor Cleveland, OH 1920?

Just pulled up an online Cletrac history that said Cletrac production began 1916 (or was it 1918??--sounds like the beginning of the end!!).....
Anyway, JT shows as beginning 1917-18 and dying out around 1928-29 (JT Tractor Co, Cleveland, OH) per the ref books...
So, at first glance, at least, they appear to've been competitors, but I've not personally checked for any connections that might've existed...
My understanding is that WWI development gave a big boost to tracked vehicles.
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They were two completely separate companies.
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Thanks, I had never heard of this one before, it's the things I don't know that bug me. Will try and get a pic of the ad posted. The recession or whatever they call it that hit agriculture c. 1921 and spread to other areas did in many car and truck as well as tractor manufacturers by 1923, those that survived it had to be either well financed or selling well. Yet JT is a mystery to me.
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Default Re: JT Crawler tractor Cleveland, OH 1920?

Hi, Folks.
I have heard that a gentleman named Bob Stewart from, I think, Wisconsin has one. He used to post on both the ACMOC and Antique Caterpillar Machinery Enthusiasts sites but was recently banned from ACMOC. You could try looking for Cat-Iron on the ACME site.

http://www.antiquecaterpillar.org/

Select 'Forum' from the menu bar and then go to registration. Registration is free but necessary to post.

Hope this helps.

You have a wonderful day. Best wishes. Deas Plant.
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Default Re: JT Crawler tractor Cleveland, OH 1920?

It was called the "Cleveland" Made by the Cleveland Tractor Company from 1916 to 1918 In the early years the tractors were build in a separate building on the same grounds as the famous Cleveland bicycles and Cleveland Skates then the name of the Crawler changed to "Celtrac" and a more dedicated structure was built.

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