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March 2013 Archive for Your Favorite Tractor

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1949 Farmall Cub

Mar 30, 2013

This 1949 Farmall Cub tractor is featured on the cover of the May 2013 edition of Fastline’s Southeast Farm Edition:

033013 SoutheastFarmEdition 1949FarmallCub

Jason Leverett of Kathleen, Ga., owns the tractor, and Fred and Andy Moncrief of Macon, Ga., restored it. Read more on page 128 in the digital version of Fastline’s Southeast Farm Edition.
 

1955 Super 55 Oliver

Mar 29, 2013

This 1955 Super 55 Oliver tractor is featured on the cover of the May 2013 edition of Fastline’s Mid-Atlantic Farm Edition:

032913 Mid AtlanticFarmEdition 1955Super55Oliver

Adron and Becky Thompson own the tractor, and Wiley Post and Mike Gregorios restored it. Read more on page 32 in the digital version of Fastline’s Mid-Atlantic Farm Edition.
 

1970 Farmall Hydro 656 Diesel

Mar 28, 2013

This 1970 Farmall Hydro 656 Diesel tractor is featured on the cover of the June 2013 edition of Fastline’s Illinois Farm Edition:

032813 IllinoisFarmEdition 1970FarmallHydro656Diesel

Donoho Farms owns the tractor, and Eddie West Garage restored it. Read more in the digital version of Fastline’s Illinois Farm Edition.
 

1967 International 4100 and 1970 International 4156

Mar 27, 2013

These 1967 International 4100 and 1970 International 4156 tractors are featured on the cover of the June 2013 edition of Fastline’s Indiana Farm Edition:

032713 IndianaFarmEdition 1967International4100 1970International4156

Richard Walker of Charlottesville, Ind., owns the tractors. Read more on page 82 in the digital version of Fastline’s Indiana Farm Edition.
 

1972 Ford 8000 with Wertz Blade

Mar 25, 2013

This 1972 Ford 8000 with Wertz Blade is featured on the cover of the June 2013 edition of Fastline’s Kentucky Farm Edition:

032513 KentuckyFarmEdition 1972Ford8000withWertzBlade

Scott and Lisa Baird of Morganfield, Ky., own the tractor and restored it in 2006. Read more in the digital version of Fastline’s Kentucky Farm Edition. 

Gray Fordson with Red Wheels

Mar 20, 2013

On Tuesday, AgWeb hosted 2013 A Day in Ag, a celebration of farm life held in conjunction with National Ag Day. Among other machinery photos, we received this image of a gray Fordson tractor with red wheels and another depicting a red barn. Both are courtesy of Martha Kuzma.

Kuzma, Martha org red wheels grey fordson

 

Kuzma, Martha red barn

Click here to view all of the photo contributions and comments we received reflecting on what agriculture means to America. 

1962 International Cub Lo-Boy

Mar 18, 2013

This 1962 International Cub Lo-Boy tractor is featured on the cover of the March 2013 edition of Fastline’s Far West Ag Edition:

031813 FarWestAgEdition 1962InternationalCubLo Boy

Richard Hardin owns the tractor and restored it with Jason Finchum. Read more in the digital version of Fastline’s Far West Ag Edition.
 

1953 Farmall Super M

Mar 16, 2013

This 1953 Farmall Super M tractor is featured on the cover of the May 2013 edition of Fastline’s Kentucky Farm Edition:

031613 KentuckyFarm 1953FarmallSuperM

Rob Rogers and his father of Owingsville, Ky., own the tractor and restored it. Read more on page 68 in the digital version of Fastline’s Kentucky Farm Edition.
 

1968 International and 1951 Farmall H

Mar 10, 2013

These tractors—a 1968 International and a 1951 Farmall H—are featured on the cover of the May 2013 edition of Fastline’s Ohio Farm Edition:

030913 OhioFarm 1968InternationalAnd1951FarmallH

The Nick and Pam Evers family of New Bremen, Ohio, owns the tractor and restored it. Read more in the digital version of Fastline’s Ohio Farm Edition.
 

1945 John Deere LA

Mar 09, 2013

This 1945 John Deere LA tractor is featured on the cover of the March 2013 edition of Fastline’s Rocky Mountain Farm Edition:

031013 RockyMountainFarm 1945JohnDeereLA

Jerry and Cari Frahm of Laredo, Mont., own the tractor. Don Rossmiller of Dent, Mont., restored it. Read more on page 58 in the digital version of Fastline’s Rocky Mountain Farm Edition.
 

1951 Farmall H

Mar 08, 2013

This 1951 Farmall H tractor is featured on the cover of the May 2013 edition of Fastline’s Illinois Farm Edition:

PHOTO

Louis Noe owns the tractor and restored it. Leonard Eggleston painted it. Read more in the digital version of Fastline’s Illinois Farm Edition.
 

Tractor Trendsetters: International 656 Hydro

Mar 07, 2013

Tractor Trendsetters: International 656 Hydro

Written by Larry Gay


The earliest tractors were built with one forward speed and one in reverse. Soon the tractor manufacturers upgraded their transmissions to provide two or three forward speeds to provide a more optimum speed for different field operations. Rubber tires in the mid-1930s enabled the tractor to travel faster on the road and a "road speed" was added. Over the years the number of forward speeds continued to increase to 10 or 12. International Harvester introduced a hydrostatic drive for its 656 tractor in the summer of 1967. The ability of this tractor to provide an infinite number of forward speeds between 0 and 20 mph made the 656 Hydro a tractor trendsetter.

The hydrostatic transmission consisted of an engine-driven piston-type pump which delivered pressurized oil to a piston-type motor. The motor was connected to a 2-speed transmission which provided speeds of 0 to 8 mph in the low range and 0 to 20 mph in the high range. The Speed Ratio lever, mounted on the left side of the dash, controlled the volume of oil being pumped and thus the speed of the tractor. Moving the lever forward from the neutral position increased the forward speed and moving it rearward from the neutral position increased the speed in reverse, up to 4 mph in low range and up to 9 mph in high range.

The infinite number of speeds provided the exact desired speed for planting and applying chemicals. The ability to change speeds easily and quickly worked very well to match the speed with varying crop conditions when the tractor was used with PTO-driven harvesting machines. The hydrostatic transmission was convenient for loader work as the tractor could be shifted from forward to reverse without using a clutch. The Foot-N-Inch pedal was not a clutch pedal, but it acted as one, allowing easier hookups with implements and stopping the tractor for emergencies.

The 656 was built as a Farmall (row crop) version and as an International (utility) version. Both versions offered a choice of a gear-drive transmission or the hydrostatic transmission. Those with the hydrostatic transmission had "Hydro" written on the sides of the hood. The 656 was powered by 6-cylinder International engines, with a displacement of 263 cubic inches for the gasoline engine and 282 cubic inches for the diesel. Both engines of the Hydro version produced about 66 PTO horsepower at the Nebraska tests.

By 1970 International Harvester had four models of farm tractors with a hydrostatic transmission—the 544 Hydro, the 656 Hydro, the 826 Hydro, and the 1026 Hydro. Today hydrostatic transmissions are used in lawn tractors, compact tractors, and the New Holland TV 145 bi-directional tractor.

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.
 

1961 Oliver 880 Diesel

Mar 07, 2013

This 1961 Oliver 880 Diesel tractor is featured on the cover of the May 2013 edition of Fastline’s Indiana Farm Edition:

030713 IndianaFarm 1961Oliver880Diesel

Bill and Mark Hinshaw of Farmland, Ind., own the tractor, restored it and painted it. Read more in the digital version of Fastline’s Indiana Farm Edition.
 

1951 International H

Mar 02, 2013

This 1951 International H tractor is featured on the cover of the March 2013 edition of Fastline’s Minnesota Farm Edition:

030213 MinnesotaFarm 1951InternationalH

Dustin Neuschwander of Oklee, Minn., owns the tractor. Jon Smith of Oklee restored it. Read more on page 98 in the digital version of Fastline’s Minnesota Farm Edition. 
 

Allis-Chalmers 220 FWA

Mar 01, 2013

This Allis-Chalmers 220 FWA owned by Vern Veldhuizen of Richmond, Ill., was rated at 136 PTO hp, the Heritage Iron 2013 Calendar reports:

3 Mar AC 220 FWA

Only 100 of the front wheel assist models were built. It was built from 1969-72. This is the featured Heritage Iron 2013 Calendar tractor for March. To order the calendar, go to HeritageIron.com.
 

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