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Massey-Harris 81
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Model history
Model introduced Unknown
Model discontinued Unknown
Model status Unknown Discontinued
Engine Specification
Power hp 27
Power kW 20
Transmission Details
Transmission type Unknown
Drive 2WD
Linkage Category Unknown
Other info
Factories Canada
Plow rating Unknown
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The Massey Harris Model 81 was a two-plow small-farm tractor built by Massey-Harris (later Massey Ferguson) from 1941-1948.[1] It features a 27 hp (20 kW) engine.

Introduced to replace Massey's General GG,[1] the 81 was identical to the with the Model 82 (which used kerosene, or Tractor Vaporizing Oil {TVO}, as it was known in Britain)[2] and was very similar to the Model 101 Junior,[1] which first appeared in 1939.[3] It was offered in standard-track and row-crop versions, as was the Model 20 that followed it.

With a base price of around C$800,[4] it was competitive with the C$900 John Deere A.[1] and less than Ford and Ferguson-Brown models of the period.[4] At a bare weight without ballast[5] of 2,600 lb (1,170 kg)[1] (some 1,100 lb {580 kg} less than the contemporary Model 30[5] the 81 used the same 124 in3 (2,031 cc)[1][6] engine of the 101 Junior, while the 82 used a 140 in3 (2,293 cc) model.[1] The 124 in3 was rated at 21 hp (15.7 kW) at the belt,[1] and was manufactured by Continental, like all Massey Harris tractors at the time.[5][6]

The Royal Canadian Air Force used blue-painted standards as aircraft tugs,[1] out of under 2,600 standard-tread 81s made.[7]

The Model 81 was joined in 1946 by the Model 20,[5] both of which survived in production until 1948.[1][5]


A few examples of this tractor survive in museum and private collection;

  • List any known examples here

See also


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 1.9 Pripps, p.72.
  2. Pripps, p.131.
  3. Pripps, p.61.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Pripps, p.79 cap.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 Pripps, p.78.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Pripps, p.104.
  7. Pripps, p.74.


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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