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Antique Miscellaneous Tractor: Yuba

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Yuba Tractor

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Comments on this Tractor

Joe Gnoss wrote on Tuesday, March 15, 2011 (PDT):
  • I am restoring a Yuba Ball and would love to talk to someone who knows where I can get the decals!
    Greg wrote on Thursday, June 25, 2009 (PDT):
  • I am looking for a Yuba tractor in NoCal or SoCal. If you have any leads and they materialize I will make it worthyour while. Greg
    Bernard Christiano wrote on Sunday, April 26, 2009 (PDT):
  • I have always been curious about the Yuba crawler. Growing up, my neighbor had one, or I should say, the carcass of one, parked out behind his barn. He always had plans to get it running, but needed the ball bearings for the tracks, and being very frugal, wasn t about to purchase them new so he asked anyone he thought might have access to any to keep an eye out for them. He did also tell me that the engine, which he said was a Waukesha, was way over powered for the design of the tractor and he felt contributed to the loss of the rollers. He had planned to put a small 6 cylinder engine in it instead. Anyway, someone talked him out of it by trading him a small crawler in working order and that s all he wanted anyway; something he could put to work. I would like to see a Yuba up close and take some pictures to give to him.
    John Harvey, Classic Farm Tractors Calendar wrote on Saturday, April 25, 2009 (PDT):
  • Don, I m anxious to tell the California Classics story of the Best, Holt and Yuba Ball Tread track-type tractors on an upcoming issue of my calendar. Got shots of Holt and Best at Tulary Show, need photo of a Yuba. Know you can help me out ... had photo/story in my newsleeter in 2005 from the brochure of our 2003 sale. This check out
    Lon Welch wrote on Sunday, December 14, 2008 (PST):
  • My great grandfather and his brother both had Yuba tractors early 1900s ; their farms were located in southeastern Washington State. An elderly neighbor told of watching my grandfatherís tractor work pulling a combine. When they came to a hill the tractor couldnít pull, the front of the tractor would rare up. They then stopped and hooked a team up to help the tractor over the hill. If the tractor went over a wash some of the track roller balls would fall out. They would pick them up so they could be put back in place when servicing the tractor at the end of the day. They build shades over the tractor that ran the full length of it. This is hot country in the summers, I canít imagine how much work or how uncomfortable it was for the operator of the tractor. I have a picture of one of the tractors hooked to a combine but it is poor quality and hard to see a lot of detail. Thanks to this site for providing a much sought after photo of the Yuba tractor.
    Ron naylor wrote on Wednesday, May 24, 2006 (PDT):
  • Hello; I recently bought two original pieces of literature for these Yuba Tractors(one for model 20-35 and one for a model 12-20. Can anyone tell me about when these models were manufactured? Thanks, Ron
    Clarence Young wrote on Thursday, March 31, 2005 (PST):
  • My dad run one of the YUBAS plowing sod in Montana in 1908 He worked for the Couch brothers plowing up this Montana sod. We still have the farm where he worked. I have found some of the balls. HE said that the tractor worked real good. Would like to hear one run someday. April 1 2005.
    Terry wrote on Saturday, December 18, 2004 (PST):
  • I just found out that my great grandfather sold The Yuba Ball Tread Tractor. He was th exclusive (Jonach Brothers) agent in Nemaha County , Kansas. Sold Model 18 for $3,000 and Model 12 for $2,250. He used it to farm about 400 acres. This is all I Know about this tractor.
    TOM HICKOK wrote on Monday, March 13, 2000 (PST):
  • Last year we finished our YUBA. What a fun and learning progect. You can check it, and many of the other projects out on our page,

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