Tractor, Fordson Industrial "Lumber Jimmy"

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In December of 1997, Morton Friedman of Sacramento donated a Fordson industrial tractor "Lumber Jimmy" to Roots of Motive Power. The tractor differed from the standard farm tractor in that it utilized hard rubber tires, weighted wheels and had a PTO winch on the front. During the 1920s, the inexpensive and generally reliable Fordson tractor was the power of choice for a wide variety of logging and sawmill equipment. Fordsons powered locomotives, both pole road and standard flanged wheels, logging donkeys such as the Skagit Little Tugger, road graders, straddle trucks and lumber jimmies. Before the era of the forklift, lumber was usually placed on carts in the sawmill and pulled from sawmill to dry yard to planermill by these tractors.