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November 2010 Archive for Your Favorite Tractor

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Vintage Plows on Parade

Nov 24, 2010

Vintage Plow Day

The Northern Illinois Vintage Tractor and Engine Association (NIVTEA) had plow days this year on Oct. 30 and 31.  Here is some of the crew taking a break to adjust the lead plow in northern Boone County, Illinois on a perfect day for plowing.



IHC 1206 Tractor

Nov 17, 2010

IHC Restored Tractor

I originally purchased the IHC 1206 tractor new in 1966 from Odessa Trading Co., Odessa, Washington.  I traded the tractor June 1973 to Odessa Trading Co. for a different tractor.  The tractor went to several different farms in the nearby area.  Odessa Trading Co. received the 1206 again on a trade.  Then I purchased the 1206 again November 2007 from Odessa Trading Co.  Thus, I am the first and fourth owner of the 1206 which I extensively overhauled and restored.  Replacement parts were obtained from seven different out of state suppliers.  Because of the tractor’s poor condition, it was an extensive job to refinish the tractor back to its original condition.  
The tractor was featured at Odessa Trading Co.’s Farm Appreciation Day and I drove it in September in Odessa’s fall festival parade.
I occasionally use the tractor on my farm for some light duty farm jobs. My wife doesn’t like me getting it dirty. She says that it’s too pretty to get dusty.
-- Submitted by Tom Wilson

Tractor Trendsetters: Bull 5-12 Tractor

Nov 04, 2010

Written By Larry Gay

Until 1914 most of the farm tractors were similar in size to steam traction engines. The Hart-Parr 30-60 weighed 19,750 pounds and its 2-cylinder engine had a 10-inch bore and a 15-inch stroke. The Twin City line of tractors built by the Minneapolis Steel and Machinery Company included the 40-65 which weighed 23,700 pounds and had 84-inch diameter drive wheels with a 24-inch width. The largest Twin City tractor was the 60-90 with a weight of 27,700 pounds.

In contrast to these giant tractors, the Bull Tractor Company of Minneapolis, Minnesota, started selling the small Bull tractor in 1914 with a rating of 5 drawbar horsepower and 12 belt horsepower. The 5-12 model weighed only 3,050 pounds and its initial retail price was $335. Now there was a tractor on the market that the Midwest farmer could afford and it was the sensation of the National Power Farming Demonstrations held in Fremont, Nebraska, in August 1914. The Minneapolis Steel and Machinery Company built this tractor for the Bull Tractor Company.

The Bull 5-12 tractor was a 3-wheel tractor with the right rear wheel being the only drive wheel. The drive wheel and the front wheel for steering ran in the furrow when plowing. The smaller left rear wheel was attached to an adjustable arm which permitted the tractor to be leveled when plowing. The tractor was powered by a horizontal, 2-cylinder opposed engine and the transmission provided 1-forward speed.

The Bull 5-12 model lasted only one year and was replaced in 1915 by the Big Bull model, a larger version of the same design, with a 7-20 horsepower rating and a $585 retail price. The Bull Tractor Company had difficulty obtaining engines from outside suppliers and finally started using engines built by the Toro Motor Company. The company advertised one dealer sold 96 Big Bull tractors in 1915, another sold 71, and a third sold 49. Massey-Harris started selling the Big Bull tractor in Canada in late 1916 and for the 1917 year, before discontinuing the line.

The Bull tractors were plagued with reliability problems and the company soon had financial problems. It attempted to merge with the Whitman Agricultural Company of St. Louis, but that deal was not completed. Then some tractors were built in the Toro factory in Minneapolis. In 1920 the company went out of business. Although the Bull tractor was not a success, it was a trendsetter for the tractor industry, because it made the other tractor manufacturers aware of the large market for small tractors.

Larry Gay is the author of four farm tractor books published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers. These books may be obtained from ASABE at 800-695-2723 or asabe.org, click publications and then click history books.  

Eisenhower’s 1955 Cockshutt Black Hawk 40

Nov 03, 2010

This tractor is featured for the month of November in the Classic Farm Tractor Calendar.

This Cockshutt unique tractor was given to President Dwight “Ike” Eisenhower by the Pennsylvania, Indiana and Ohio Farm Bureaus in November 1955. It was used on Eisenhower’s farm adjacent to the Gettysburg National Military Park, site of the defining three-day Civil War battle. It is owned by Stan Wolf, who lives nearby, and it is the most cherished item in his extensive array of classic tractors, vehicles and antique machinery. Canadian manufacturer Cockshutt built Model 40s from 1949 to 1958. With its Buda 6-cyl. engine (3.43 x 4.12-in. bore/stroke), it rated 43 belt hp at 1650 rpm. In 1949, the Cockshutt 40 was among the first with independent PTO. This tractor was built in Ohio. This is the original Eisenhower Farm Barn in the picture.

 1955 Cockshutt Black Hawk 40

Owner: Stan Wolf

Gettysburg, Penn.


Stan makes the rounds of tractor shows every summer in his state, Ohio, Maryland and Virginia. In January, he’s usually in the spotlight at the Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg, an outstanding big event. Stan and daughter Audrey (Wolf) Weiland have produced a delightful book, “Ike, Gettysburg’s Gentleman Farmer.”

The world-famous Classic Farm Tractor Calendar from Classic Tractor Fever is in its 21st year of publication with the 2010 calendar available now. They have calendars, videos, books, and much, much, more. Click here to visit their online shop.

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