Samson

The Samson Iron Works of Stockton, California were responsible for developing the "Sieve Grip" tractor, a three-wheeled machine with a special open-rim wheel design that was intended to increase traction. Several models were produced from about 1914, including a 6-12 hp single-cylinder tractor and a larger 10-25 hp model. At around this time, the General Motors Corporation (G.M.C.) was looking to move into tractor production as part of its running battle with the Ford Motor Co. General Motors decided to buy the Samson Iron Works, and continued to build Sieve Grip tractors with the G.M.C. name attached. However, the desire to compete on equal terms with the Fordson F led to the introduction of a brand new model, the Samson M, in 1918. Although slightly more expensive than the Fordson, the Samson M offered a more powerful engine and other improvements, but unfortunately General Motors could not match Ford's price cuts. The last Samsons were produced in 1923, when General Motors brief flirtation with tractor building came to an end.

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Samson Sieve Grip "4-5 Horse Pull" (serial no. 198) at the Best Show on Tracks, Woodland, California, USA in 2008.



Samson Sieve Grip Model 6-12 (serial no. 618) at Carrington Rally, Lincolnshire, England in 2011.



Samson Sieve Grip Model 6-12 at the Best Show on Tracks, Woodland, California, USA in 2008.



Samson Sieve Grip Model S-25 at the Little Casterton Working Weekend, Lincolnshire (UK) in 2012.



Samson (G.M.C.) Sieve Grip Model S-25 (serial no. 2962) at Brayshaw Park, Blenheim, New Zealand in 2006.



Samson (G.M.C.) Sieve Grip Model S-25 (serial no. 3112) at the Pigeon Valley Steam Museum, Wakefield, Nelson, New Zealand in 2006.



Samson (G.M.C.) Sieve Grip Model S-25 at the Heidrick Ag History Center, Woodland, California, USA in 2005.



Samson (G.M.C.) Sieve Grip Model 30X (serial no. 562) at the Best Show on Tracks, Woodland, California, USA in 2008.



Samson M (serial no. 3930) at Pioneer Village, Minden, Nebraska, USA in 2011.



Samson M (serial no. 5555) at the Heidrick Ag History Center, Woodland, California, USA in 2005.



Samson M (serial no. 9543) at Bright's Pioneer Exhibit, Le Grand, California, USA in 2008.



Samson M (serial no. 11377) at the Musee Maurice Dufresne, Azay-le-Rideau, France in 2007.



Samson M (serial no. 17597) at the Little Casterton Working Weekend, Lincolnshire, England in 2011.



Samson M (serial no. 22018) at the Vooroorlogse Tractorshow Bergeijk, Netherlands in 2011.



Samson M (serial no. 24258) at Onslow Park Rally, Shropshire, England in 2006.



Samson M (serial no. 24892) at the Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum, Vista, California, USA in 2008. This tractor was used in the film "Pearl Harbor".



Samson M (serial no. 25977) owned by Geoff Parfitt, Devon, England and photographed in 2007.



Samson M (serial no. 26855) at the Great Dorset Steam Fair, Dorset, England in 2005.



Samson M at the Dome Valley Museum, Yuma, Arizona, USA in 2005.

 


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