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Economy history.........

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04-25-2006 16:00:29

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Can anyone enlighten me on the Economy Tractor's history. I'm looking at buying one and don't know much about them. What is the difference between the Economy and the Jim Dandy or the Power King? Tell me the story.......

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04-26-2006 04:48:24

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 Re: Economy history......... in reply to Janis, 04-25-2006 16:00:29  
Engineered Products out of Wisconsin started building Economy tractors in 1946. They built them up until about the mid 90s before being sold several times. They may have even been sold prior to that. They were simply Economy at first. Jim Dandy and Power King came along later (60s/70s) as model designations. The small ones were the Jim Dandys and normally had smaller 8" front wheels and smaller engines. Later (mid 70s) they changed over and all became known as Power Kings. This is when they used rear wheel size and horse power, in that order, for the model numbers. For example, a Power King 1618 would have 16" rear wheels with an 18 hp engine.

There"s much more to tell in the story. If you have any specific questions, feel free to email me. I"ve been around these tractors all my life and have owned several. I have three at the moment. I haven"t fixed everything on them but I"m sure I"ll eventually have the chance. They are a rugged machine and, in my opinion, one of the best American made small tractors made.

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04-27-2006 11:25:50

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 Re: Economy history......... in reply to Jeff, 04-26-2006 04:48:24  
Jeff thanks for the info, I do have a couple questions. We bought the tractor. The sn. is in the 27000 range. Making it a 1973 model. Did Economy come out with a plain jane economy tractor or is it either a Jim Dandy or a Power King? There aren"t any power king markings on it. I think it has been repainted. As we restore this tractor we want it to be acurate. Did they ever come out with a backhoe for these? The tractor is in pretty good shape. Can you give me a guess as to its worth. It"s a model 2414. Like new matching back tires, fronts are new but don"t match. Came with a disc, plow, and a front blade. Manual lift. Thanks, Jan

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tom's tractor

01-07-2007 07:14:29

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 Re: Economy history.........1947 serial # 147 in reply to janis, 04-27-2006 11:25:50  
Hi Jeff. I have been all over the internet and can't seem to find any information about these tractors. I recently bought a 1947 serial nunber 147 economy tractor. I was told this is the 47th tractor made. I was given an aeh engine with it but tractor has a newer briggs engine now. Can you tell me any information about this tractor like what engine came originally on tractor and the size of the front and rear tires. my front have 4x8 and rear have 8x16. I also was told the first 50 was hand made? Any information would be appreciable, Thanks Tom

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04-27-2006 19:49:08

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 Re: Economy history......... in reply to janis, 04-27-2006 11:25:50  
If it has 24" rear wheels then it's a Power King. 1973 was right around the change in body styles. The earlier style had outboard mounted headlights with an exposed pulley on the front of the engine. These tractors would not have the electric PTO clutch. If it's this older style then, yes, it came in a plain Jane model called the Standard which had hand brakes, no lights or electric start and no sheet metal over the drive train. The Deluxe model had all those nicities. Chances are you are looking at what I call the styled model. It would still be an Economy and the model would be a Power King as I stated. I could help you more if you could send me a picture. I also have a list of good parts sources that I could email you once I have your address.

Yes, they did indeed make a back hoe for these tractors. If you want to find one available, I hope you have lot's of time before you need it. They are in demand. I have one with a front end loader and it's a great machine.

Value for these tractors is all over the map literally. What sells for $1500 in my area may only sell for $500 as little as 100 miles away. the company was very territorial. PA (where I live) they are pretty plentiful and it's not hard to get parts for them still so, they command a higher price. I've paid as little as $100 for the 65 Jim Dandy that I restored and as much as $2500 for the 83 2414 that I mow with. What it all boils down to is, how bad do you want it. Here's some basic guidlines for adds or deducts. Once I see a picture I can give you a better idea of base price.

Add value for hydraulic lift
Add value for three point hitch
Add value for dual transmissions

Without knowing more about it, it sounds as though this machine may top out between $1500 to $1800 with the imnplements if it is in nice shape. Don't be afraid of it if the present owner says that the tractors gets stuck in gear. After so many years of use, this happens and I know an easy fix. Ask if it ever sat outside. If it did, it probably has water in the tranny. First thing you do is drain the fluid and fill with new.

Enough for now. Email me at jas11964@yahoo.com and I'll be glad to assist any way I can.

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08-31-2006 12:58:48

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 Re: Economy history......... in reply to Jeff, 04-27-2006 19:49:08  

was reading some articles on the economy tractors in here and find them very interesting. I have just purchased a 1946. I dont know anything about these small tractors but from what I hear, they are tough and great little pieces of machinery. any pics or tib bits of information you could share with me would be greatly appreciated.

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daniel kennedy

04-25-2006 17:05:58

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 Re: Economy history......... in reply to Janis, 04-25-2006 16:00:29  
try www.nmotu.com/index.html
i rebuilt a power king 1614 this winter and am going to mow my grass with it.
they are very rugged and well built machines.
good luck.....dan

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