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February 2010 Archive for Your Favorite Tractor

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1938 Allis-Chalmers WM Crawler

Feb 26, 2010

This tractor was featured for the month of February in the 2010 Classic Farm Tractor Calendar.

At the Saguaro Ranch Park antique tractor shows, Glendale, Ariz., resident peacocks can strut their stuff in Ferbruary just the same as beautifully restored classic tractors, such as this sturdy 72-year old Allis. This model was produced from 1932 to 1942. Its engine is the same as used in the Allis-Chalmers U and UC wheel tractors. The big 4-cyl. engine 300 cu. in. rated at 1,200 rpm, produced 35 PTO hp. Top speed: 4.14 mph in fourth gear. Some 14,000 Model M crawlers were manufactured–only a few were WM or orchard models.






Owner: Rex S. Condie

Litchfield, Ariz.

It was owned by a neighbor of the farm where Rex grew up, near Preston, Idaho. Rex is the second owner. It has wider tracks and is considered a WM, Rex says. It was used on hill land–the wide track crawler would no turn over.


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1939 Ford-Ferguson 9N

Feb 25, 2010

Considered the father of the modern frame tractor, the 1939 Ford-Ferguson Model 9N was a compact utility row-crop machine with integral hydraulics operating a unique three-point implement attachment. Leading the industry, it provided draft sensing to supply both up and down pressure to the mounted implement. Rubber tires, electric starting, and PTO were standard. More than 78,000 were sold from 1939 to 1941. Ford tractor specialist Roger Forst of Prairie du Chien, Wis., restored this beauty, now rapidly approaching its 70th birthday.









This tractor was featured in the book “The Farm Tractor: 100 Years of North American Tractors,” which is available at bookstores and online booksellers and from


"The Farm Tractor" first published in 2007 by MBI Publishing Company and Voyageur Press, an imprint of MBI Publishing Company and the Quayside Publishing Group. Copyright © 2007,  2009 by Ralph W. Sanders. 

To find out about other Voyageur Press books for the tractor enthusiast, visit


Tractor Trendsetters: Front-Wheel Assist

Feb 23, 2010

 Written by Larry Gay

At the recent National Farm Machinery Show in Louisville, Kentucky, 95 percent of the 2-wheel-drive tractors on display were equipped with a front-wheel assist. This is an indication of today’s popularity of front-wheel assist, but it wasn’t always that way.


In the late 1950s, two companies started building kits to provide mechanically-driven front-wheel assist for 2-wheel-drive tractors. Elenco Products of Aurora, Illinois, built front-wheel assist kits for several models of Ford tractors. Elwood Manufacturing Company of Elwood, Illinois, sold its kits under the EmCo name for selected models of Minneapolis-Moline, International Harvester, Massey-Ferguson, John Deere, and Case tractors.


Minneapolis-Moline was the first company to offer factory installed front-wheel assist, starting with the 1962 model year. When Minneapolis-Moline equipped its tractors with front-wheel assist, the 5-plow M-5 model became the M-504 and the large standard-tread G-VI became the G-704. The basic tractors were revised for the 1963 model year and the front-wheel assist models became the M-604 and G-706. Oliver joined the market by introducing front-wheel assist for its 1800 and 1900 models for the 1963 model year. The other tractor brands added a front-wheel assist for some of their models during the 1960s.


During the 1970s, many of the tractors imported from Europe and Japan were equipped with front-wheel assist, but sales of U.S.-built tractors with front-wheel assist were limited. There was a big debate about whether the advantages of a front-wheel assist justified the added cost. Some people thought dual rear wheels were better for improved traction. Others suggested it was better to buy a tractor with an extra 20 horsepower to compensate for the wheel slip problem. Tractors tested at Nebraska showed no extra drawbar pull for the front-wheel assist. One reason was the concrete test track did not duplicate field conditions. Also the tractors were weighted to provide optimum performance with 2-wheel drive and the weight was not relocated when the front-wheel assist was engaged.


By the 1980s, front-wheel assist had become a popular feature for utility tractors with loaders working in muddy conditions. Although there was still some debate about the advantages of front-wheel assist for field work, the tractor engineers and most farmers agreed front-wheel assist tractors provided more drawbar pull and better fuel efficiency than 2-wheel-drive tractors. Soon most tractors with 200 or more horsepower included front-wheel assist as standard equipment.



Larry Gay is the author of four farm tractor books and the “Machinery Milestones” articles in Heritage Iron magazine. To learn more about this award-winning magazine which focuses on the 1960-1985 era, go to or call 1-866-552-6085.     


Championship Tractor Pull

Feb 17, 2010

Enjoy these National Championship Tractor Pull videos to be as close to the action as you can get without needing earplugs.

The National Championship Tractor Pull was help in conjunction with the National Farm Machinery Show. Check out the 2010 National Farm Machinery Show Coverage

1941 Hebard A14 Shop Mule

Feb 02, 2010

During a visit to central Texas last spring, we met up with a collector showing off a rare piece of machinery. This tractor got its start back in 1941.
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