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2018 - - I have created a little extra fun for the Younger Speedex crowd , see the details for coloring an S-Series Tractor picture I created below.
Plow a little Snow - Wade in Mud - Think Spring
A time for Work and Fun using our tractors - - Mike Hamper
I sadly leave this news from March 1, 2018. Long time friend and fellow collector and a true advocate for collectors Larry Lipps of Jefferson, Ohio has passed on. He leaves a great legecy of love for the Ashtabula Ohio Antique Engine Club of which he was there in the beginning and until recently served as President for 8-years. You could find him weekly working at the Engine show grounds in Williamsfield, Ohio. He will greatly be missed by all. Larry could alway be seen at the shows with his blue jeans, blue jean shirt, blue hat and a wonderful welcoming smile.
Speedex Tractors Show strong at these Ohio & PA shows
Vintage Garden Tractor Show Sugarcreek,Ohio-May - Ashtabula Antique Engine Show-July . -Georgian Bay Steam show Ontario Canada- Atwood Lake Ohio -October - Check out the Fall Show Button for show photos - more to come !
For more info on each of these shows ..click on New Information above and below Classifieds on the left side of this page.
Robert Shick of Newton Falls Ohio. Bob passed on 11-1-2015.
Bill Weise of Walton Hills, Ohio. Bill passed on 12-20- 2015.
Dan Strang of Williamsfield, Ohio - Flea Mrkt. Mgr. at Ashtabyla Engine Shows passed in 12-2016
Larry Lipps of Jefferson, Ohio - 8 year past president of the Ashtabula Antique Engine Club - passed 3-1-18
...Speedex Videos is now Released for Viewing ... You may have to Activate Active X once to do the viewing ...Enjoy
There are now over 750 photos in Tractor , 2-wheel, & Implement Pictures
It has occurred to me that Probably the greatest function My web-site provides is the Ability for Speedex enthusiast all across the country to Net-Work with each other about their tractors. We need to take advantage of this opportunity in the ways provided thru the POST and Classified & Guest-Map on this Home page.
( If you desire contacts leave your e-mail address on the Guest Map Page when you Register )
On the Supporting Member Side of the site is a list of members Wanting to Share by providing their Phone # and E-Mail address. I encourage you to use these resources
I would like to thank all of our Veteran’s for their service and sacrifices for our country. Thank you!
GOD BLESS AMERICA
" As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation
is not to utter words, but to live by them. " … John Fitzgerald Kennedy
Web-Site Supporting Members Info.
Sorry, but if you can't get into the Member Side Your Renewal is Probably Due...contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
I have been adding a Video Library to the Member Side
I want to Thank All you Folks who are New & ReNewed Supporting Members of this Web-Site. Without you I could not continue to fund the site continuation. Your support enables me to field at least 3-4 techinal questions everyday, and also contacts by phone. The Summer mounths become increasing busy and so do the requests for information. I will continue to do my best to answer them, and if you, as your own Speedex Expert, can contribute to the questions in the POST Area, PLEASE do so. thanks Mike
Some photos of the Ashtabula Antique Engine show are in the Summer Show section.
This is a special coloring photo I have drawn for the Young Speedex crowd.
An additional way to Celebrate the coming Christmas Season - - Color the Photo Below.
What you must do is - Click on the Photo Below - and save the image to a file in Your computer, Print it out and let the coloring begin.
I have T-shirts with a 75 th Diamond Jubilee Anniversary graphics Design , ready . You need to e-mail me at email@example.com To order a Shirt in one of your size if interested. Shirts will be Light Ash color with the a 75th graphic. $ 12.50 / ea. S-XL - - 2XL $ 14.50 + mailing - A t-shirt photo can be seen below. - - Mike
You May have to expect a 2 week delivery after your order. Click on photo to enlarge.
Short Speedex Video Click on Little Blue Button with White Triangle ( or yours might be White buttonwith Black Triangle) bottom of the Black Window
Atwood Lake Fall Festival October 2017
.. Many New Pictures 02-7-18 ..
New Pictures Here 02-16-14
H i s t o r y Updated 02-28-2014
The history below has been complied by
Mike Hamper and all information is from
my reference gathering, research informtion
and personal interviews. I have seen copies of my history from this page on other sites without any Accreditation. Please give credit where credit is due....thanks Mike
Update : 1-4-2018
In 1935 Harold Pond founded the "POND TRACTOR COMPANY", and built Speedex tractors. ...Some worthy information to note before the Pond Tractor Co. started follows. Harold Pond was associated with Shaw Mfg. Co. of Galesburg, Kanas. Shaw Mfg. Co. fabricated walk behind tractors and other outdoor power equipment from reclaimed motorcycles and automotive parts. Harold Pond, his brother Elmer Pond, and brother-in-law, Glen Heilman all worked for the Shaw Mfg. Co. at one time. Harold was assigned Ohio and Pennsylvania as his territory for mat'l shipments of steel. During that time Harold conceived and developed the Speedex walk behind tractor. All three men were very motivated and would eventually create their own company’s. Harold's brother Elmer and his son Cecile were responsible for the development of the " Wheel Horse " line of tractors in South Bend Ind. Harold's brother-in-law Glen Heilman was responsible for developing the " Garden-All " line of garden tractors in Mishawaka, Indian. These three men would go on to be responsible for many innovations in the history of small garden tractor production. .... Now for Harold's part.
In 1938-39 Harold Pond developed the Model B Speedex riding tractor in Ravenna, Ohio. The Speedex Model-B is considered the first four wheel garden tractor in America with an air-cooled engine and pneumatic tires. It had tiller steering, pneumatic tires, Briggs & Stratton Model ZZ air cooled engine, a Ford Model-A transmission, and Ford Model-T rear axle. In 1939 Harold started a national advertising campaign to sell the Model-B tractors. 1941 The Model-B was sold with a 6HP Briggs engine. A 1941 Sales Pamphlet lists the Co. name as "POND GARDEN TRACTOR CO." the Model-B tractors were built in 1939,1940,1941,1942,1943-48. During this time he also developed the Model A and C walk-behind Tractors. In 1942 the Model FG ( Farm and Garden )was developed using a Ford Model A 4-cylinder engine, Model-A transmission, and Model-T rear axle. It sported the Model-A radiator and radiator shell. This first FG was a direct evolution of the Model-B having many of the same parts, which also included the 9 inch front tires. Later FG's were a higher designed tractor and did not have the shiny Ford Model-A radiator shell. This later FG did have larger front wheels ,12 inch, and had a Model-A rear axle.
In 1957 Harold Pond sold his company to Maury Foote and Jerry Stowe. Harold and his wife Golda and daughter Marilyn then moved back to his native state and town of Galesburg, Kansas. Harold continued to tinker with some designs for other small items that did not reach production status. Born April 30th ,1905 Harold E. Pond died on Nov. 18th 1966 at the age of 61. In a recent interview with his daughter she mentioned that her Father would be very proud to know of the present practical use and continued interest in his tractors.Tech International,Ltd of New Philadelphia, Ohio still offers parts for many of the Speedex line of garden tractors.
Due to unauthorised copy right infringement the rest of the History is now moved to the Member side of the web site. Hopefully this will contol that lack of respect for copy writeing. Folks that pay for that part of the site are not likely to relecklessly release the contents. I am finishing up my Book and will incorporte the major part of all the information in the so0n to be released Self Published Book. - - Mike Hamper
Please .. Note.. ...Mike
When I Post a Show I will try to include a Map if possible here. ...Mike Hamper
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Sept. 30 -October 1-2, Atwood Lake Fall Festival here in Ohio. this year we Speedex attenders were be focusing on the S-Series S24 tractors it's the 50 th anniversary for this tractor!
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