Years ago it wasn’t all that unusual for people to build their own tractors out of old cars and junkyard scrap. Today many might scoff at the idea of building a tractor for home use when there are so many available commercially, but for those who are ambitious and mechanically inclined, building a tractor could be useful when it comes to yard maintenance, more economical then buying one, and it makes for a very interesting conversation piece.
Be honest with yourself when it comes to your mechanical skill and abilities. If you’re the sort of person who does all of your own car repairs and enjoys building, then you will probably be able to build a small tractor.
A person who needs a step by step guide to change his oil should not be attempting the project at all, leave it to the professionals.
There are many free plans to buid your own tractor available on the internet. The term tractor can mean different things to different people however, for some it may be a large piece of machinery while others may think of a riding lawnmower as a type of tractor. There are even some plans for two wheeled push tractors which use small engines, such as a push lawnmower.
I’ve included a list of links to all sorts of home made tractors in the resources section of this article. All of these links take you to free tractor plans with no obligation to buy anything or even give out your email address. Some of the plans may be extremely difficult to use as they were created using car parts that would now be considered antiques.
Get a friend to help you as some of the parts you’ll need to move in order to build your tractor are quite heavy. If you’re not a mechanic, then it’s probably a good idea to ask a friend who is to lend a hand. This will help immensely should any unanticipated problems arise.
http://www.green-trust.org/junkyardprojects/FreeTractorPlans/FarmTractor#3.pdf Midget Tractor
http://www.green-trust.org/junkyardprojects/FreeTractorPlans/FarmTractor#6PSMay50.pdf Junkyard Tractor
http://www.green-trust.org/junkyardprojects/FreeTractorPlans/FarmTractor#2.pdf Small home Tractor
http://www.green-trust.org/junkyardprojects/FreeTractorPlans/FarmTractor#4.pdf Suburban Tractor
http://www.green-trust.org/junkyardprojects/FreeTractorPlans/FarmTractor#5PMFM47.pdf Farmette Tractor
http://www.vintageprojects.com/tractors/simpletractor.pdf Simple tractor
http://www.vintageprojects.com/tractors/Baby Tractor 15090.pdf Wooden Baby Tractor
http://www.vintageprojects.com/tractors/twowheel.pdf Two wheel garden tractor