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Waterloo Boy
Waterloo Boy tractor (lhs) at GDSF 08 - IMG 0653.jpg
A Waterloo Boy model N at the GDSF in 2008
Model history
Model introduced 1913
Model discontinued 1923
Model status Discontinued
No. produced Unknown
Preceded by Froelich tractor
Superseded by John Deere Model D
Engine Specification
Engine make Waterloo Gas Engine Company
Fuel type Kerosene
Power hp 25 hp (belt)
Governed rpm {{{governedrpm}}}
No. of Cylinders 2
Naturally aspirated, Turbo or Supercharged NA
Transmission Details
Transmission type Unknown
Forward 2 (Model N)
Reverse 1
Drive 2-WD
General Data
Linkage Category none
Other info
Factories Waterloo, Iowa
Plow rating Unknown
Nebraska Tests No. Unknown
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The Waterloo Boy was a range of tractors built by the Waterloo Gasoline Engine Company of Waterloo, Iowa, USA.

The predecessor of Waterloo Boy came about in 1892. It was built by thresher-man John Froelich. It was called the Froelich tractor. But it did not sell well. But then they developed it more and came up with the "Waterloo Boy" design in 1913. This was more successful, selling 8,000. The Waterloo Gasoline Engine Company successfully made three models of 2-cylinder tractors namely the L and LA and the very successful model R.[1] see for more details:- Waterloo Gasoline Engine Company

Model P

A model P with Tracks and 4 cylinder engine was apparently built in 1913.[2]

Model L

Built in 1914 with a 7/15 hp 2 cylinder kerosene engine 1 only built ?

Model LA

Only 2 of the model LA's were built, with a 2 cylinder Kerosene engine, in 1914.

Model R

They introduced the model R in 1914. This model was 25 belt hp out of a 465 cubic inch displacement engine. This was fitted with a single speed gearbox and a weighted in at 6,000lbs.

Model N

A Waterloo Boy model N of 1917 at GDSF in 2008

In late 1917 the model N was revealed. This model had the same sized engine and horsepower as the R model. The N had a 2-speed transmission while the R was only a one speed. It was this model which was the first tractor to be tested at the University of Nebraska in 1920, as part of the Nebraska tractor tests.


In March 1918 the firm of "Deere & Company" decided to continue its foray into the tractor business by purchasing the Waterloo Gasoline Engine Company after Deere's board authorized the purchase for $2.35 million dollars. With over 8,000 Waterloo Boy tractors having being built prior to the take over.

John Deere

Deere & Company continued to sell tractors under the Waterloo Boy name until 1923, when they introduced the John Deere Model D. With the model R forming the basis of all John Deere tractors for close to 50 years.


Some models N were sold in England and were known by the Overtime brand.[3] Harry Ferguson of Belfast had a dealership.[4]

See also


  1. Classic Tractors of the World, by N Baldwin, ISBN 0-89658-394-5
  3. Classic Tractors of the World, by N Baldwin, ISBN 0-89658-394-5
  4. Classic Farm Tractors, by M.Williams. ISBN 978-7537-1446-1