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Massey-Harris 20
'48 Massey-Harris 20 tractor.jpg
Model history
Model introduced 1946
Model discontinued 1948
Model status Discontinued
Superseded by Massey-Harris 22
Fuel type gasoline or kerosene
Power hp Unknown
Cooling system Water
Transmission Details
Transmission type Unknown
Drive 2WD
Linkage Category Unknown
Other info
Factories Canada
Plow rating Unknown
Approximate Cost new in (year) C$1450
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The Massey-Harris Model 20 was a two-plow tractor built by Massey-Harris (later Massey Ferguson) from 1946-1948.[1]

Introduced to commemorate Massey's 100th anniversary in 1947,[1] the 20 was virtually identical to the earlier Model 81, which first appeared in 1941.[2] About 8,000 Model 20s were sold, in row crop or standard models, with the choice of gasoline or kerosene[1][3] (known as Tractor Vaporizing Oil, TVO, in Britain)[4] as fuel.

With a base price of around C$1450,[5] about C$500 more than the 81,[1] the 20 was competitive with Fordson and Ferguson-Brown models of the period.[5] At a bare weight without ballast[6] of 3,000 lb (1,350 kg)[5] (some 700 lb {300 kg} less than the contemporary Model 30, which dramatically outsold it,[1] but about 400 lb {180 kg} more than the earlier 81),[2] the 20 offered four speeds[5] (against the 30's 5),[1] providing a top speed of 2.5 mph (4 km/h) in First (low) and 13.5 mph (21.6 km/h) in Fourth (high).[5] The 124 in3 (2,031 cc)[2][7] engine inherited from the 81, and the 101 before it,[2][3] produced 31 hp (23 kW) at the belt,[8] and was manufactured by Continental, like all Massey Harris tractors at the time.[1][7]

The Model 20 was replaced in 1948 by the Model 22.[7]


A few examples exist

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See also


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 Pripps, p.78.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Pripps, p.72.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Pripps, p.73 cap.
  4. Pripps, p.131.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 Pripps, p.79 cap.
  6. Pripps, p.78 cap.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named pripps104
  8. Pripps, p.77.


Further reading

  • Pripps, Robert N. The Big Book of Farm Tractors. Vancouver, BC: Raincoast Books, 2001. ISBN 1-55192-393-9.
  • ______. The Field Guide to Vintage Farm Tractors. Stillwater, MN: Voyageur Press, 2001.
  • ______. Vintage Ford Tractors. Stillwater, MN: Voyageur Press, 2001.
  • Denison, Merrill. Harvest Triumphant: The Story of Massey-Harris. New York: Dodd Mead, 1949.
  • Farnsworth, John. The Massey Legacy. Ipswich, Greaat Britain: Farming Press, 1997.
  • Gay, Larry. Farm Tractors 1975-1995. Saint Joseph, MI: American Society of Agricultural Engineers, 1995.
  • Wendel, C. H. Massey Tractors. Osceola, WI: Motorbooks International, 1992.

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