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August 2010 Archive for Your Favorite Tractor

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Tractor Tales: Allis-Chalmers Model B

Aug 31, 2010


In this Tractor Tales, we're off to eastern Minnesota for a look at a 1939 Allis-Chalmers Model B. Owner Lee Sackett has turned his passion for tractor restoration into a nice little business. Production on the Model B started in 1937 and continued for 20 years!

Triple Threat at Farm Fest

Aug 15, 2010

Cover tractor of the month, Fastline Minnesota edition.






















Owned and restored by Steve Prairie; Balaton, Minn.


This is a 1968 John Deere 4020 Diesel tractor that was purchased in 2008 from the original owner. The narrow front end is not every common. Pictured is the owner, Steve Prairie, with his triplet grandchildren, Sam, Gabe and Leona Prairie, age 4, of Boise, Idaho. They are on Steve’s Farm in Balaton, Minnesota. This picture was taken in the summer of 2009.


To see the online eFastline edition, click here.


Steve Prairie and his triplet grandchildren, Sam, Gabe, and Leona, stopped by the Fastline booth at Farm Fest. You can read more about this family here.

Tractor Trendsetters: John Deere 4010

Aug 11, 2010

Tractor Trendsetters: John Deere 4010

Written By Larry Gay 

Fifty years ago, John Deere entered a new era of tractor design when the company introduced four new models of tractors with 4- and 6-cylinder engines to replace the 2-cylinder design it had used since 1918. The new tractors were introduced to 6,000 dealers and guests at Deere Day in Dallas on August 30, 1960. It was the first introduction meeting in the farm equipment industry with all the company’s dealers present at the same time.

The largest of the four new models was the John Deere 4010 row-crop tractor with a new 6-cylinder, variable-speed John Deere engine rated at 80 PTO horsepower, at a time when most of the large row-crop tractors were in the 59-65 PTO horsepower range. The tractor companies often increase the power by 15 or 20 percent when they introduce a new series of tractors, but the 4010 represented a jump of 35 percent over the previous largest John Deere row-crop tractor, the 730 at 59 PTO horsepower. As was typical for this era, the 4010 offered a choice of gasoline, LP-gas, or diesel engines and a choice of single front wheel, dual front wheels, or a wide adjustable front axle. The 4010 was also available in standard-tread and hi-crop versions.

The John Deere 4010 featured a high power-to-weight ratio for faster field speeds, an 8-speed Syncro-Range transmission with constant mesh gears, planetary final drives, a closed center hydraulic system at 2,000 psi, hydraulic power brakes, hydrostatic power steering, and an interchangeable 540- and 1,000-rpm independent PTO. The new styling included a tapered hood for good visibility and the fuel tank located ahead of the radiator.

The design of the 4010 tractor emphasized operator comfort and convenience with an uncluttered platform, all the controls on or beside the dash, and mounting steps and handholds on both sides of the tractor. The ergonomic-designed seat was adjustable along an inclined track for varying heights of operators.

The John Deere 4010 was tested at the Nebraska Tractor Test Lab soon after it was introduced. The 302-cubic-inch LP-gas and gasoline engines developed 80.6 and 80.9 PTO horsepower, respectively. The 380-cubic-inch diesel engine exceeded its rating with 84.0 PTO horsepower.

Larry Gay is the author of four farm tractor books and the “Machinery Milestones” articles in Heritage Iron magazine. To learn more about this magazine which focuses on the 1960-1985 era, go to or call 1-800-552-6085.

1960 John Deere 4010

Aug 09, 2010

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

Fifty years ago, on Aug. 30 1960, to be exact, it was Deere Day in Dallas. Some 5,670 dealers and a thousand guests were flown into Dallas the day before. The purpose was to introduce “The New Generation of Power,” a brand new series of tractor with four- and six-cylinder engines and a new design. Deere President Billy Hewitt spoke first, and soon dealers were inspecting 136 new tractors and 223 green implements in the Cotton Bowl parking lot. The 4010 Model proved to be the darling of the 10 Series, mostly because of its power and price. The diesel version rated 84 hp, gas 80.96 hp. Basic row crop model was listed a tad over $4,100. This is the first 4010 John Deere Diesel, serial #1000, a prime example from the Keller Collection.
1960 John Deere 4010
Walter and Bruce Keller
Brillion, Wisconsin
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