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August 2013 Archive for Your Favorite Tractor

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1960 John Deere 630

Aug 11, 2013

This 1960 John Deere 630 tractor is featured on the cover of the 2013 Edition No. 10 of Fastline’s Wisconsin Farm Edition:

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Norman Carl Knuth and Norman John Knuth of Maribel, Wis., own the tractor. Norman (Butch) Knuth, also of Maribel, restored it. Read more in the digital version of Fastline’s Wisconsin Farm Edition. 

1936 John Deere Model B

Aug 09, 2013

This 1936 John Deere Model B tractor is featured on the cover of the 2013 Edition No. 11 of Fastline’s Kentucky Farm Edition:

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Wesley, Shanda, Carson and Carlie Gay of Mt. Olivet, Ky., own the tractor and restored it as a family project. Read more in the digital version of Fastline’s Kentucky Farm Edition. 

Tractor Trendsetters: Farmall Super M-TA

Aug 06, 2013

Tractor Trendsetters: Farmall Super M-TA
Written by Larry Gay

Transmissions for the first farm tractors provided one forward speed and one in reverse. A second forward speed was added when tractors began to be used for field work. By the 1920s, many tractors began to feature three forward speeds. Rubber tires introduced in the fall of 1932 resulted in a demand for a faster transport speed. Soon tractors were featuring four, five, or six forward speeds. However, changing gears required using the clutch which often resulted in the tractor coming to a stop. In 1954, International Harvester introduced the Farmall Super M-TA which enabled the operator to shift to a slower speed without engaging the clutch. This made the Farmall Super M-TA a tractor trendsetter.

The "TA" portion of the tractor’s model number referred to the new transmission which IH described as a Torque-Amplifier drive. The Torque-Amplifier was a planetary-gear speed-reduction unit which was an addition to the regular 5-speed gearbox. It enabled the operator to shift from one of the regular speeds to a slower speed by pulling a lever while on-the-go without using the clutch. This resulted in a 48 percent increase in the pulling power and a 32 percent decrease in the travel speed. The operator could return to the regular speed by moving the lever in the opposite direction, again without using the clutch. The Torque-Amplifier was the first example of what is described today as a partial powershift transmission.

The Super M-TA’s five regular forward speeds ranged from 2.5 to 16.7 miles per hour and engaging the Torque-Amplifier reduced the speeds to a range of 1.7 to 11.3 miles per hour. The Torque-Amplifier could be used to increase the pulling power when the tractor hit a tough spot when plowing or to slow the tractor when pulling a PTO-driven harvesting machine that encountered a heavier area of the crop. However, it could also be used to start pulling a heavy wagon in fifth-TA and then shift to regular fifth gear after getting the load moving.

The Farmall Super M-TA was a 4-plow, 4-row cultivating tractor which was rated at 48 belt horsepower with its 4-cylinder, 264-cubic-inch International gasoline or diesel engine. The Torque-Amplifier transmission provided ten forward speeds and two in reverse. The combination of the TA transmission, the independent PTO, and the live hydraulics provided flexibility during harvesting operations. The Farmall Super M-TA offered a choice of dual front wheels, adjustable front axle, or single front wheel. Operator convenience was provided with a hydraulic shock absorber seat and double-disc brakes.

Larry Gay is the author of four tractor books published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, including Guide to Oliver Tractors and Guide to Ford Tractors. The four books may be obtained from ASABE by calling 800-695-2723.

1974 Case 1070 Agri King

Aug 05, 2013

This 1974 Case 1070 Agri King tractor is featured on the cover of the 2013 Edition No. 11 of Fastline’s Indiana Farm Edition:

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Jason and Ervin Doehrman of Columbia City, Ind., own the tractor. They restored it with Robert Anders. Read more in the digital version of Fastline’s Indiana Farm Edition.

1951 Farmall Cub

Aug 03, 2013

This 1951 Farmall Cub tractor is featured on the cover of the 2013 Edition No. 10 of Fastline’s Mid-Atlantic Farm Edition:

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Jane McCauley Whitlow of Burlington, N.C., owns the tractor. Jim Whitlow, also of Burlington, restored it. Read more in the digital version of Fastline’s Mid-Atlantic Farm Edition.  

Case Traction King 1470

Aug 01, 2013

This crab-steer Case Traction King 1470 owned by William Ohrt of Kankakee, Ill., had a list price of $16,250 when it was introduced, the Heritage Iron 2013 Calendar reports:

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It was built from 1969-71. This is the featured Heritage Iron 2013 Calendar tractor for August. To order the calendar, go to

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