Russell & Co. was founded at Massillon, Ohio in 1842 by three brothers, with the aim of building steam engines and threshing machines. The first Russell gas tractor appeared in 1909 - known as the "American" it had three wheels and was apparently based on an English design. It was followed by the 30-60hp Russell "Giant", a huge prairie machine that lived up to its name, and the product line was later expanded to include smaller tractors of a more modern appearance with enclosed in-line engines. The company continued to offer a range of tractors until it was sold off in 1927.

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Russell "Giant" 30-60 (serial no. X2143, built 1921) at Western Minnesota Steam Threshers Reunion, Rollag, Minnesota, USA in 2011.


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