The Massey-Harris Company was formed in 1891. It was the combination of Massey Manufacturing Company of Toronto and A. Harris Son & Company Ltd., both of Ontario, Canada. Both of these companies had on their own been industry leaders in the production of implements.
They introduced the 12-20-model tractor in 1929. This tractor was the basis for the "Pacemaker" which was first produced in 1936. The "Challenger" was their first row-crop tractor. Both models were available on steel or with rubber tires.
Massey-Harris continued to produce a popular line of tractors in several different models. Massey-Harris merged with Harry Ferguson in 1953 to form the "Massey-Ferguson" company.
General Rule of thumb: Use the six point (parasol style) until the end of World War II. All metal parts are finished with a special baked epoxy covered with a baked aluminum enamel to provide resistance to rust.
From WWII on, we generally recommend the square units. Both the curved hanger and bent shaft units were produced and used by many tractor manufacturers. Both umbrellas feature yellow dichromate zinc plated tubular steel frame provides a corrosion resistant, durable finish. No painted parts.
Recently we have had many requests for the 40-inch 3 Bow Buggy style sunshade. The sturdy design features easy installation on tractors using home made, fender style or axle mounted brackets. Heavy gauge steel components withstand rugged field use and strong winds.