A History of the
Mechanical Drive Tractors
Starting in the early 1970's, Case offered several tractors that were completely non-hydraulic.
In the 100 series, which was a smaller light duty lawn tractor, the model 107 came with a 7 hp Tecumseh engine that powered a 3-speed manual transmission with a v-belt. After one year that was upgraded to the 108, which had an 8 hp Briggs & Stratton engine. The 108 was made from 1973 to 1987. Starting in 1983 there was also a 110 powered by a 10 hp Briggs and in 1984 a 116 powered by a 16 hp Briggs. Sometime in the 1980's the transmission was changed to a 5-speed manual. The 100 series tractors had 5.00-6 inch tires in the front and 8.50-8 inch tires in the rear and weighed just over 300 pounds.
The 210 made its debut in 1973 and was produced through 1986. The 210 was based on the 200 series tractor but incorporated a belt-driven 4-speed manual transmission powered by the K241 Kohler 10 hp engine. 1st gear on the 210 was like a creeper speed that developed a lot of torque for pulling tough loads, which included a belt-driven tiller (J/K72) which ran off of a jackshaft on the transaxle. The 210 came with 6.50-8 inch tires in the front and 8.50-12 inch tires in the rear and weighed over 550 pounds.