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Wagner Tractor Company
Successor FWD Wagner
Founded 1954
Founder(s) brothers Bill, Guy, Eddie, Walt, Harold, Irvin and Elmer Wagner, and J. Burke Long
Headquarters Portland, Oregon, USA
Products agriculture machinery tractor

The Wagner Tractor Company was based in Portland, Oregon, USA. The company was founded in 1954. They manufactured what some consider to be the first successful 4WD articulating tractors.[1] FWD bought the company, renaming it FWD Wagner.

HistoryEdit

Elmer Wagner, one of seven brothers, began experimenting with a 4WD articulating tractor designs in 1949. In 1954, the Wagner brothers, Bill, Guy, Eddie, Walt, Harold, Irvin and Elmer partnered with J. Burke Long and formed the Wagner Tractor Co. Inc. Early tractors used Waukesha engines, but by 1956 all had Cummins engines.[2] Full time tractor production began in 1955.

In 1954, three new models were announced for Wagner tractors, to be marketed as the Tractormobile. The TR6, TR9 and TR14, ranging from 114 hp (85 kW) to 165 hp (123 kW). File:Tractormobile by Wagner - May1954 000.pdf

In 1961, Wagner was sold to the Four Wheel Drive (FWD) Corporation of Clintonville, Wisconsin, USA, which was a manufacturer of heavy-duty off-road vehicles, and the tractors division became FWD Wagner. By the end of 1968, FWD Wagner had sold the rights to some of their models to the Raygo Corporation.

Their models were so well received that John Deere bought out the production of Wagner tractors for a couple of years, beginning in 1969, until they developed their own successful 4WD tractor, as the John Deere 8010 and 8020 models were a failure. This removed Wagner as a competitor and allowed John Deere time to develop the 7010 and 7510, which introduced in 1970 and 1972 were subsequently a success. In the meantime, FWD Wagner was not allowed to sell tractors under their own brand.[3]

With Wagner's exclusive deal with John Deere, Wagner's own dealers were left without a tractor to sell. Some of these dealers began retrofitting old Wagner tractors, or began producing their own. The Rite and Big Bud tractors were both born this way.

ModelsEdit

FWDEdit

FWD Tractor Models
Model Year(s) Produced Horsepower Engine Type Misc Notes Photo
FWD WA-14 220 hp (160 kW) Cummins FWD WA-14 4WD
FWD WA-17 250 hp (190 kW) Cummins FWD WA-17 4WD

FWD-WagnerEdit

John DeereEdit

John Deere Tractor Models
Model Year(s) Produced Horsepower Engine Type Misc Notes Photo
John Deere WA-14 1969-1971 225 hp (168 kW) Cummins
John Deere WA-17 1969-1971 280 hp (210 kW) Cummins

Raygo WagnerEdit

Raygo Wagner Tractor Models
Model Year(s) Produced Horsepower Engine Type Misc Notes Photo
Raygo Wagner WA-24 1968 300 hp (220 kW) Cummins Raygo Wagner WA-24 4WD


TractormobileEdit

Tractormobile Tractor Models
Model Year(s) Produced Horsepower Engine Type Misc Notes Photo
Tractormobile TR-2 180 hp (130 kW)
Tractormobile TR6 114 hp (85 kW) Cummins
Tractormobile TR9 125 hp (93 kW) Cummins
Tractormobile TR14 165 hp (123 kW) Cummins

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