Rhode Island Harvesting Company

Rhode Island Harvesting Company

Rhode Island Harvesting Company

Rhode Island Harvesting Company `The Tractor People` was established in 1950. We are family owned and operated by 3 generations of the James family. We pride ourselves on being helpful, friendly, and knowledgeable. Tell us about your property and your plans. Our Sales department will help you determine the equipment that will fit your needs. Jobs big and small, we have the equipment for you - from chainsaws and trimmers to compact tractors and excavators, and everything in between.

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15 Extension 184 P.O. Box 189 , Ashaway , Rhode Island 02804 USA
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Our parts department is experienced and ready to assist you. Many years of helping homeowners, landscapers, farmers, and contractors have given us the knowledge to better serve you. Hands-on experience over a multitude of years equals a knowledge base that far exceeds simply looking up parts. We also make up hydraulic lines.

Our first-class Service department is the best place for your equipment. From minor tune-ups and maintenance to major overhauls, our knowledgeable, Factory Certified Service Technicians can get you up and running quickly. Call for an appointment today! We can even come to you!


Having 30 years experience as a KUBOTA dealer, we will personalize a fit for you through a variety of different models, horsepower, and special features. Kubota is the leading marketer and distributor of under 40 hp tractors in the United States, offering more than 80 tractor models . We sell and service Kubota residential/commercial mowers, compact tractors, tractor/loader/backhoes, wheel loaders, excavators, and RTVs ranging from 18 hp to 103 hp. We also have a fully stocked parts department. 
We are also a STIHL Elite Gold dealer. That means we can offer you the best price on our STIHL inventory, and our service technicians are certified GOLD, with the highest level of training available! Our parts department is well stocked with STIHL parts and accessories. We also stock everything you need to work safely with your STIHL products. From stylish eyewear to protect your eyes, to chaps to protect your legs from any mishaps. 
Our factory certified service technicians regulary attend update schools and are certified annually. They are top notch and will help keep your equipment purring.


R.I. Harvesting Company has undergone changes over the last 63 years, but one thing remains the same - our ongoing commitment to customer satisfaction.

Our company began in 1950, when Charles James graduated from high school. He and a friend pooled their savings of about $600 and persuaded their parents to co-sign a loan to purchase a $2,000 piece of harvesting equipment.

'I grew up on the farm and the machinery part of it came naturally to me' says Charlie. 'So we started providing a needed service to farmers in the area, doing things like cutting corn and baling hay.'

But times change and Charlie saw the importance of being able to adjust.

The area changed from a farming region into housing developments. So, we started selling backhoes to dig the foundations and then lawnmowers to cut the grass.

Today, sons Daniel and Steven James and daughter Nancy Greene, with Dad - Charlie, and Mom - Ellen still working along side, run the family business and crop cutting is just a distant memory.

R.I. Harvesting Co. started as a family business and continues as such. Our goal is to build a trust between ourselves and our customers. We want to build a friendship with our customers and have them want to continue to do business with R.I. Harvesting Co., so we treat them as we would like to be treated.

R.I. Harvesting Co. started as a servicing business, custom harvesting crops in Rhode Island, ergo the name 'Rhode Island Harvesting Co.'. Now we provide customers with tractors and attachments, and the parts and service to keep them running smoothly.

R.I. Harvesting Co. sells a wide variety of equipment, from chainsaws, grass trimmers, and lawn mowers to excavators and 4-wheel-drive tractors with loaders, backhoes, brush mowers, and many other attachments.

The advantage to purchasing from the James family, with our long standing ties to the community, is we will be here to service the equipment for many years to come.

Although R.I. Harvesting is celebrating 64 years in business, the family ties to the area go back even further.

Originally, Charlie's grandfather began as a cattle and dairy farmer back in the 1920s and passed the business on to this son, Charlie's father, Edwin James.

Edwin saw a greater future for the farm with the incorporation of raising chickens and gearing the farm in that direction, before Charlie moved in the direction of services such as crop cutting and hay making for other neighboring farms.

The main building that houses the parts and sales departments as well as the offices, is the original barn from the farm. Some additions and modifications have changed the building over the years, and other buildings have been erected to house the service department and provide storage. 

Presently, Charlie and Ellen oversee the operations of the family business. Dan heads the sales department, Steve heads the parts department, and Nancy heads the office. Charlie and Ellen's grandchildren work in various positions throughout the business.

While the times and nature of our business may change, future generations of the James family will maintain the commitment to the community they inherited from the generations before them.

When you do business with us, you become part of the family.

The James family sells name brand products that are built for the long haul! Brands such as Kubota tractors and attachments; Land Pride mowers and other attachments; Bear Cat chippers; Stihl chainsaws, blowers, power pruners, grass trimmers, and other power tools; Snapper tractors, lawn mowers and snow blowers; Briggs and Stratton, and Winco generators; along with many other quality products.