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09-11-1999 23:25:45

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AgraCat or AgraTrac, the little desk sized crawler built in Berkeley/Oakland, CA during the 1950-60's. Usually had one cylinder Wisconsin or Briggs with belt drive to transmission and chain drive to steering clutches. I'm looking for fellow owners or former owners to share stories. Also looking for sales flyers, original price sheets or any other info that could help when building an AgraTrac web page. I have one dozer, some spares and several manuals with current sources for most parts. Please e-mail, tell me about your AgraTrac or AgraCat. Photos welcome.

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Paul Drake

03-16-2006 18:15:00

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 Re: AgraTrac in reply to Walt, 09-11-1999 23:25:45  
Hello ... I have a agra.cat that i would like to restore.
It is missing two main parts ... the double splined axil for the final drive & clutch actuators ... I need a manual to be more specific about the actual parts needed & specifications. The engine will need to be overhawled or replaced.The hydrallics will need to be overhawled or replaced . The whole tractor and accessories will need to be sand blasted and painted. I am wanting to add a front loader & other attachments ( an auger for drilling ). This agra.cat is unique ... i have a backhoe accessory ... not many around with this feature. I am considering changing/upgrading the tracks
with rubber tracks so that the tractor could be street legal ... a working tractor not just a
show piece but a tool ready for work. Oh, yes i would like to install a two position
seat so that i can face either forward for the
loader ( auger when installed ) or backwards for the backhoe. Outriggers would also be a nice addition. So, what do you say about the project??? Thank you, Paul

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02-05-2007 09:18:49

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 Re: AgraTrac in reply to Paul Drake, 03-16-2006 18:15:00  
I have reproduced the axle shaft,transmission gears and pinion gears.
Also have a loader for sale.
Email me if you are still in need of parts.

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08-15-2002 19:40:22

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 Re: AgraTrac in reply to Walt, 09-11-1999 23:25:45  
hi walt ever get your website going? i keep looking at this agra cat (mongomery wards) made in berkle ca.dozer blade/rippers .one trac missing buried half in the mud.i am getting close to finding the owner,to make an offer. any new info would be appreciated

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Steve Diers

11-11-2001 01:58:05

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 Re: AgraTrac in reply to Walt, 09-11-1999 23:25:45  
Walt: I have found a agricat for sale in Sutter Creek California.It has a loader bucket. It seems
that the crawler has been modified and the welding
that was done is substandard, the hydrualic hoses
should be replaced, and alot of other work is required. The owner paided $4,000 for it would like that much for it. I am told that it runs but I have my doubts. What is a fair price for it? Also I am interested in seeing pictures of an agricat with different implements. Especially the blade. You help would be appreciated. Steve

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06-08-2001 22:26:09

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 Re: AgraTrac in reply to Walt, 09-11-1999 23:25:45  
Hi Walt,

I recently purchased an Agratrac and it's in real good condition except it hard to turn right. It has a Wisconsin engine. Do you know how to adjust or replace the steering clutches? I would also like to know where to get maintenance/repair manuals and locations where I could find parts and implements.



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Fae Smith

08-09-2000 20:43:49

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 Re: AgraTrac in reply to Walt, 09-11-1999 23:25:45  
My son was just traded a car for an Agracat. The metal tag states it was mfg by Joost Mfg. Co. Berkeley, CA and Distributed by Earl Pence & Co. in San Leandro, CA . The serial # is A 188. Does anyone know where we can get more information?

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Jay Joost

10-12-2004 17:52:14

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 Re: Re: AgraTrac in reply to Fae Smith, 08-09-2000 20:43:49  
Please write me with any questions
My grandfather and great grandfather ran this company. My father worked there when he was young.

PLease contact me at:

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David Gagne

09-12-2006 12:21:22

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 Agricat in reply to Jay Joost, 10-12-2004 17:52:14  

I have a very old tractor. it has a 20hp one lung motor, tracks that looks like they were made from a commercial conveyer. I have disassembled the whole tractor and found 2 tags one for the hydriodic pump a Vickers and one cast into the drive gear as Joost Mfg co. I understand from the threaded emails that you are a descendant of the owners of the company.

My tractor is in almost running condition It needs 2 new clutch plates and lots of pads for the tracts. I believe that I can find the clutches but I do not have much of a clue as to where I can get pads for the tracts. The tract that were on it were made from the same material as the bumpers on loading docks held together with angle iron bolted to the chain pads. This configuration was so it could be used on a concrete floor. It occurred to me that if the tractor is really running on a clever use of conveyor chain then there maybe other choices for replacing the pads. I had almost come to the conclusion that nothing existed for this tractor and I was going to have to make the pads myself. Any ideas that you may have will be greatly appreciated.

By the way this tractor was used in a factory in Albany New York until taken home after the factory closed around 1980. It is one of 4 ever made ( I am told ) that has a bucket and a plow blade. I got this information from antique power magazine .

Dave Gagne



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10-03-2006 23:09:51

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 Re: Agricat in reply to David Gagne, 09-12-2006 12:21:22  
Hi Dave. I was just reading your Agricat story. Seems there were lots of versions of these little crawlers. I just bought one, and have odd tracks on mine too, but they sound different from yours, and everyone elses too. Mine look like they were made from sections of shallow channel iron. I thought I might epoxy rubber pads in that shallow channel so I could use the thing in parades without scrapping up the street. I dont think mine was made to have pads, but it looks easy to do. I would cut up old tires.

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11-30-1999 14:49:37

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 Re: AgraTrac in reply to Walt, 09-11-1999 23:25:45  
I have several sets of tracks(Very rusted and stiff) An entire chasis,transmission, clutches,final drives, rollers, axels, bushings. If seriously interested, contact me and I can try to put together a listof what I have, and you can make an offer. Frank

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05-02-2001 19:15:27

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 Re: Re: AgraTrac in reply to Frank, 11-30-1999 14:49:37  
I'm looking for Agracat parts:need trans fwd/rev
slider gear or complete trans.And both final drive
pinion gears and sterring clutch hub final drive
side...Or complete dozer??? Thanks, Paul

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08-15-2002 19:35:53

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 Re: Re: Re: AgraTrac in reply to Paul, 05-02-2001 19:15:27  
hi frank,i need a agracat trac and other parts. do you still have them available.your posting says 1999

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Kathleen M Scheirer

04-10-2005 06:08:02

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 Re: Re: Re: Re: AgraTrac in reply to david, 08-15-2002 19:35:53  
Hi Frank,
Just found out that a mystery mini-excavator/crawler I just bought is an AgraTrac. I got the info from Walt-CA. Any chance you have pictures of what the thing should actually look like? The one I have has had its front modified. I quess one of the guys that responed to my question thought is was the trencher that was removed. The Wisconsin engine has been replace also. Where on the chassis, if at all would I find an indentification plate?
My machine is in good working order, but needs a new paint job. The guy I got it from took out the old Wisconsin engine and replaced it with a 2003 model 20 hp Kohler Command twin which seems to have more than sufficent power to operate everyting. I think I saw somewhere that the Wisconsin originally in the AgraTrac machine was on 17 hp. This Kohler has 624 cm displacement which is bigger. Is this a machine that is a worthwhile project to restore? Do you still have any parts? How would I go about finding an original Wisconsin engine and would it be worth it to swap it back? I am not in to showing or stuff like that. Just wanted a backhoe to do work on my property. Anyway, if you have an info I appreciate a response. Thanks, KM

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