Small, Tall Tractor

Consult the books on Massey Ferguson tractors and you will see no high clearance model of the MF165 listed. So what are you looking at here?  Well, it’s the real deal but it’s not the factory…

Red Heavyweight

The Farmall 1206 was International’s first over-100 horsepower tractor as well as being the first over-100 horsepower rowcrop tractor on the market period. It was also their first turbocharged…

The Super Beast Lives

In the early 1970s, Allis-Chalmers joined the ranks of the manufacturers offering articulated four-wheel drive tractors. They started by rebadging the Bearcat from Stieger in 1972 and calling…

Barn Find Gold!

Cletrac created a new market segment in 1916 when it introduced the diminutive model R crawler. When Rollin H. White founded Cleveland Motor Plow Company in…

TRACTOR TALK

The early 1960s marked the beginning of the large scale application of turbocharging to diesels in the tractor world. Massey-Ferguson’s (MF) first…

TRACTOR TALK

The 1960s had not been good to J.I. Case. Besides the ag market being a little wonky, they started the decade with a lot of internal management difficulties and a great deal of debt. Major…

Orange Smoker

Allis-Chalmers followed the trend to diesel power in October of 1954 when they introduced the WD-45 diesel tractor. The WD line started in 1948 and, with significant upgrades, morphed into the…

1942 INTERNATIONAL TD-18 CRAWLER

When a country goes to war, it’s army needs more than bombers, tanks, cannons, rifles and ammunition. Those are part of what makes the tip of the spear but the best spear tip is of no use…

TRACTOR TALK

1962 FORD 2000 The early 1960s brought a lot of changes to the worldwide Ford ag equipment manufacturing empire. Ford announced a new organization, Ford…

The Big Minnie

By the mid-1960s, Minneapolis-Moline had a long history of success behind it, but in all that history, they had not yet built a big, six-cylinder-powered row crop tractor. What’s a row crop…

The New Major Takes Command

The Fordson tractor line started in 1916 as another chip off the old Ford block. Henry Ford Company was dominating the American auto market with the legendary Model-T when the founder’s…

ITALIAN CAST IRON

When you think of products from Italy, tractors probably don’t immediately come to mind, yet over the years some of the most unusual and effective tractors have come from there.

THE FIRST TURBO TRACTOR ALLIS-CHALMERS D-19

The turbo diesel is so commonplace today that naturally aspirated diesels stand out. Go back nearly 60 years and the opposite was true.