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Fitch Four Drive Tractor and Four Drive Tractor Company

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Chris Dixon

11-18-2002 11:46:03
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My Great, Great Grandfather - John H. Fitch - was the inventor of the FITCH Four Drive Tractor. I have extensive research info (photos, articles, brochures, specifications, logos, etc.) on the tractors produced by Four Drive Tractor Company of Big Rapids, MI from 1916 to 1930.
I am looking for additional information (mostly photos) to include in a biography and future website on John Fitch, the Four Drive Tractor Company and those tractors that are still inexistance today. Please email with information that you would like to submit.
I currently know where 5 tractors are located with only 2 in the US - one in Aberdeen, WA and another in Rodney, MI. There is one on display at a rural museum in Australia. There are 2 in New Zeland - one on display in a museum and one in Feilding. Supposedly, there is one in California and possibly one on a farm in the Albany/Schenectady, NY area.
Please email me if you have questions, comments or would like to obtain additional information.

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Chris Dixon

11-07-2003 16:52:07
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 Re: Fitch Four Drive Tractor and Four Drive Tracto in reply to Chris Dixon, 11-18-2002 11:46:03  

I have moved the Four Drive Tractor Company homepage and website to http://www.fdtcompany.freewebsitehosting.com/FDTractorhome.html vice the former site at prodigy.

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Ed Dina

11-24-2002 12:01:41
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 Re: Fitch Four Drive Tractor and Four Drive Tractor Company in reply to Chris Dixon, 11-18-2002 11:46:03  
Chris..I live in the Albany, NY area..If you can get more info, send it to me and I'll check it out...Ed



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Alberta Mike

11-20-2002 15:06:57
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 Re: Fitch Four Drive Tractor and Four Drive Tractor Company in reply to Chris Dixon, 11-18-2002 11:46:03  
I see two of those models in a book here, the I & T Colleector Series "Farm Tractors" 1926-1956. The models they list are The Cat 15-30 and the Fitch Four Drive 20-35. I think both of these are on that website you gave. Production must have been pretty limited to have only 5 known to exist at this time. Any idea of production numbers?



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chris dixon

11-21-2002 02:56:27
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 Re: Re: Fitch Four Drive Tractor and Four Drive Tractor Company in reply to Alberta Mike, 11-20-2002 15:06:57  
The serial number of the Model 20-35 in Australia is #1640; so assuming if they started at #1 then at least 1640 made from 1916-29. It does looked limited in numbers. The Cat E Model 15-30 was introduced late 1928. One with serial #3017 was test #165 at Nebraska Tractor Test Lab July 1929 and Schuberg's Model F is #3064. I believe the company started with #3001 as the first "Cat". There are only 5 that I have verification for; there may be others - I am in contact with someone who knows someone who has one in California but no followup at this time. There may be another in the Albany, NY area. I have seen letters written from owners in Africa and South America (as well as photos) in company brochures from 1928-29; so there may be some tractors remaining in those continents but most likely in a scrap yard or in a field.

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manuel

11-18-2002 21:26:34
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 Re: Fitch Four Drive Tractor and Four Drive Tractor Company in reply to Chris Dixon, 11-18-2002 11:46:03  
hello Chris,
I always thought Eagle tractors had something to do with the 4WD Co.
Just something I had in my memory banks somewhere.
regards, Manuel



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Chris Dixon

11-19-2002 02:40:12
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 Re: Re: Fitch Four Drive Tractor and Four Drive Tractor Company in reply to manuel, 11-18-2002 21:26:34  
Manuel, I do not know much about Eagle, but many other companies started to produce four wheel drive tractors similar to the Fitch in the 20's and 30's. Topp-Stewart from Wisconsin was one of them (1924-29); Eagle made various tractors from 1924-27 but do not no which model was a four wheel drive or what state they were based.



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Jason Stewart

10-24-2006 14:51:53
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 Re: Re: Re: Fitch Four Drive Tractor and Four Driv in reply to Chris Dixon, 11-19-2002 02:40:12  
hi my great great grandfather david sanford stewart owned the antigo tractor company and made the Topp Stewart. I have been looking for any information on the whereabouts if any of any of the tractors he has produced. If you have any information or know how I could find out about them please contact me thank you



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