Last week we used my favorite, and probably the best tractor at Littlewood, the Allis-Chalmers Model G. The G’s engine is in the rear, giving it a fast, Thunder Road look. It only weighs 1,285 pounds, making it super light as far as tractors are concerned. All of the 30,000 Model G’s made were built in a single factory in Gadsden, Alabama between 1948 and 1955. They originally retailed for $970 but can now, due to their style, utility, and relatively small numbers, sell for up to $10,000.
The G is great for the organic farmer. We use it for weed control. The G is uniquely ideal for this because the implements are belly-mounted, meaning that one can look just a foot down to ground-level in order to make sure that the carrots being mechanically cultivated are not being accidentally destroyed. This is crucial for organic production because the grower must actually remove all weeds through physical methods as opposed to chemicals. And the G sure is faster than a hoe.