Waterloo Boy Model N 1916 to 1924
Anything that can be done on farm by horses, can be accomplished by Waterloo Boy Tractor.
The Waterloo Boy tractors had a water cooled, two cylinder engine that burned kerosene, a cheaper fuel for farmers to purchase. The transmission was located on left side of engine, instead of in line or behind engine. It had automotive type sliding gears, Model L and R had only one forward speed, while Model N had two. (Although bull pinion gears as an in field add on were available by special order for farmers who found need for more speed)
The Model R Waterloo Boy Tractor
Until 1919, Model R Waterloo Boy tractor was sold in 13 different styles, from A to M. Style N, which became Model N Waterloo Boy tractor was introduced in 1917.
The Model R was much same as Model L, except that R was given a 6.5 bore where L had a 5.5 bore, both had a 7 inch stroke.
A little over 8,000 Model R's were manufactured, including those shipped overseas.
The Model N Waterloo Boy Tractor
The Model N Waterloo Boy was manufactured from 1917 thru 1924.
It was known as a 12-25 tractor because tractor delivered 12 horsepower at drawbar and 25 horsepower at belt pulley, at 750 revolutions per minute.
The new and improved Model N had two forward speeds, 2 1/1 and 3 miles per hour.
Pulling a 3 bottom plow, or a 9 foot disc harrow, or 2 binders, new Waterloo Boy Model N had two forward speeds with a 6.5 bore and 7 inch stroke engine. It delivered 16 drawbar horsepower and 25 at belt with an engine rpm of 750.
The outer bull pinion gear on final drive was changed to have teeth face inside of drive wheel to decrease wear on final drives and help shield them from dirt.
The Model N was an immediate success with almost 5,000 units being sold in 1918.
Waterloo Boy and Deere & Company
Noting success of Waterloo Boy Tractor, Deere and Company's sales manager Frank Silloway began to investigate. The philosophy of upper management was that Deere and Company could no longer just manufacture implements, it was time to move on to business of selling tractors.