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November 2012 Archive for Your Favorite Tractor

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1967 John Deere 2510 Diesel

Nov 26, 2012

This tractor is featured for the month of November in the 2013 Classic Farm Tractors Calendar.

This handsome New Generation John Deere is especially desirable because of its diesel engine and Powershift transmission. There were 15,008 Model 2510 made, but only 817 units were equipped like this one. The 2510 was a joint effort, the engine was designed by the Dubuque factory, the drivetrain was designed in Waterloo. It is the only 10 Series with Powershift transmission. The 2510 tractors were released for sale at the time John Deere introduced the 3020 and 4020 models. The 2510 produced 50 hp in a Nebraska test. This tractor was shipped to a dealer in Tarboro, NC.

11 Nov 1967 John Deere 2510 Diesel

Owners: Bob and Sandy Pyle
Greenfield, Missouri

He’s a former John Deere salesman, and has a small collection of desirable New Generation John Deeres. He had to go all the way to Virginia to find this tractor.

This tractor is featured for the month of November in the 2013 Classic Farm Tractors Calendar. A companion DVD is also available which runs 80 minutes and features all of the tractors and their owners. To order the calendar and/or DVD, call 800-888-8979 or go to www.classictractors.com.

1967 Allis-Chalmers D-17 Series IV High Crop

Nov 21, 2012

This tractor is featured for the month of September in the 2013 Classic Farm Tractors Calendar.

It spent its working life in Louisiana sugar can field. With 38” tires on the rear and long spindles on the front, this is a rare and unusual LP High Crop situated in an overgrown CRP plot. The owner’s research indicates that of about 89,213 D-17s built, only 200 were high crops—only six were LP high crops. Introduced in 1957 to replace the popular A-C WD-45, it was a much updated tractor; a Power-Director hand lever provided on-the-go shift between direct and lower drive, providing eight speeds forward, plus a neutral that allowed the PTO to continue operation. The D-17 LP tested 50.79 hp in the Nebraska test #644.
9 Sep 1967 Allis Chalmers D 17 Series IV High Crop
Owner: Ivyl Ransom
Truro, Iowa
Craig LeJeune, an army buddy in Eunice, Louisiana, located this rare tractor for him. Ransom farms with several different brands, but collects Allis-Chalmers tractors.
This tractor is featured for the month of September in the 2013 Classic Farm Tractors Calendar. A companion DVD is also available which runs 80 minutes and features all of the tractors and their owners. To order the calendar and/or DVD, call 800-888-8979 or go to www.classictractors.com.

Tractor Trendsetters: Fendt Vario Transmission

Nov 15, 2012

Written by Larry Gay

The Froliech tractor, built in 1892, has been described as the first tractor to propel itself forwards and backwards and the other early tractors provided one speed forward and one speed in reverse. By the 1920s, farm tractors were featuring two and three forward speeds. As rubber tires became popular in the mid-1930s, a faster road speed was provided which usually added an additional speed to the transmission. Soon some of the tractors were featuring five- and six-speed transmissions.

International Harvester introduced its Torque Amplifier transmission in 1954 which provided a shift-on-the –go slower speed for each of the five gears for a total of 10 forward speeds. Other tractor manufacturers soon introduced their versions of a partial powershift transmission and the Ford Select-O-Speed full powershift transmission was introduced in 1959 with 10 forward speeds. The International 656 tractor was built with a hydrostatic transmission which provided an infinite number of speeds, but the efficiency was poor with heavy drawbar loads.

The AGCO Corporation purchased Xaver Fendt GmbH & Co., the leading German manufacturer of tractors, in 1997 and then introduced the Fendt line of nine models of tractors in North America in 2000. The Fendt tractors featured the Vario transmission which had been introduced in Germany in 1995. This transmission introduced the new concept of a stepless transmission for farm tractors.

The Vario transmission was a continuously variable transmission which used a planetary gear to split the power between hydrostatic and mechanical drives to provide an infinite number of speeds. The power was delivered to the mechanical drive unit by the sun gear and to the hydrostatic unit by the ring gear. Most of the power was transmitted by the hydrostatic section at low speed, but more power was produced by the mechanical section as the speed was increased. There were two speed ranges with the low range providing an infinite number of speeds up to 20 mph and up to 31 mph in the high range.

The Vario transmission was controlled by a joystick on the armrest console. Pushing forward increased the tractor’s speed and pulling back slowed the speed. Reverse was activated by pulling back on the joystick after the tractor was at a standstill. Moving the joystick to the left provided shuttle shifting and to the right engaged cruise control speeds. . The net result was an infinite number of speeds like a hydrostatic transmission, but with better efficiency.

This type of transmission is becoming popular and is now available in AGCO’s Massey Ferguson and Challenger tractors and John Deere, Case IH, and New Holland tractors.

Larry Gay is the author of four 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 heritageiron.com or call 1-855-old-iron.
 

1949 John Deere A - Fastline Far West Ag Edition

Nov 13, 2012

This 1949 John Deere A is the Cover Tractor of the Month for November in Fastline's Far West Ag Edition.

1949JohnDeereA

The tractor is owned by Jimmie Kegley. Learn more in the digital Fastline edition

1938 Farmall F-20

Nov 12, 2012

This tractor is featured for the month of August in the 2013 Classic Farm Tractors Calendar.

This three-generations-family Farmall-20 was a centerpiece of Beck’s Hybrids 75th anniversary observance in August 2011. Sonny Beck’s farther, Francis Beck, and grandfather, Lawrence, purchased the tractor in the fall of the 1937. It was the first tractor Sonny drove, at age five. Today, Sonny is president of Beck’s Hybrids. International Harvester replaced the Farmall Regular with the F-20 in 1032. Nearly 150,000 F-20s were sold during its 9-year production run, ending in 1939. F-20 options included rubber tires, wide front ends and adjustable wide front ends. You could buy one for $895 to $1000. (Beck’s Hybrids is the largest family-owned seed company in the U.S., located in Atlanta, Indiana).
8 Aug 1938 Farmall F 20
Owners: Sonny and Glenda Beck
Atlanta, Indiana
The Becky’s Hybrids tractor has been in the Beck family since it was brand-new. It was restored by Devon Wilkin, Westfield, Ind., is almost completely original, and was completed just in time for the anniversary.
This tractor is featured for the month of August in the 2013 Classic Farm Tractors Calendar. A companion DVD is also available which runs 80 minutes and features all of the tractors and their owners. To order the calendar and/or DVD, call 800-888-8979 or go to www.classictractors.com.

Video Tour: 2012 Buckley Old Engine Show

Nov 08, 2012

Machinery Pete shines the spotlight on the 2012 Buckley Old Engine Show in Buckley, Michigan. Auctioneers Dan & Rachel Gingell from Lapeer, MI cover the show and Dan highlights some of the unique & rare Ford tractors on display. Machinery Pete closes with a look at Ford 8N tractor values over the past 15 years.

 

This YouTube video is courtesy of Machinery Pete. To see more videos, go to youtube.com/user/machinerypete. 

1963 Massey-Ferguson 65 LP

Nov 02, 2012

This tractor is featured for the month of July in the 2013 Classic Farm Tractors Calendar.

It’s a good-looking, high-performing tractor with good genes from Massey-Harris and Harry Ferguson. The MF-65 tractors were offered in gasoline, diesel and LP-gas. This model carried a Continental 4-cyl. 176 cid engine. In Nebraska Test, the gas model indicated about 43 belt hp. It features MultiPower 12-speed transmission. Weight: 4,185 lb. The owner calls it “a real neat tractor that’s been on a slew of tractor drives, and plows like a trooper, pulling a 3-bottom John Deere plow.” In 1953, Massey-Harris merged with Harry Ferguson. In the early 1970s, MF products were being built in 87 factories in 30 different countries.
7 Jul 1963 Massey Ferguson 65 LP
Owners: Russel and Billie Miner
Pleasant Plains, Illinois
The Miners attend numerous tractor events, including the Half-Century of Progress Show, in Rantoul, Illinois, where these photos were taken. Russ is currently restoring a 1930 Doodlebug.
This tractor is featured for the month of July in the 2013 Classic Farm Tractors Calendar. A companion DVD is also available which runs 80 minutes and features all of the tractors and their owners. To order the calendar and/or DVD, call 800-888-8979 or go to www.classictractors.com.

1958 International 350 Utility

Nov 01, 2012

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

The mirror-like refelction of this handsom IH results from a mural on the factory wall in Rock Island, Ill., where millions of red tractors were manufactured in the 20th century. This famous Farmall Plant was demolished soon after this picture and others were taken in December 2007. Nebraska test No. 615 showed the gas International 350 has maximum belt hp of 43, and the LP version 46 hp—from its 4 cyl. engine with bore and stroke of 3.375 x 4.25 for 175 cu. in. These attractive two-tone models catch the eye of a serious collector.
1958 International 350 Utility
Owners: Rollie and Fran Moore
Oneida, Illinois
His father bought a new IH 350 when Rollie was 9, a twin to this one. Rollie and Fran have several I-350 tractors, a rare I-330, a smaller sibling. Later, the 350 had the basic Farmall H engine, half the horses. All are kept on the family farm they operate in western Illinois.
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