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March 2011 Archive for Your Favorite Tractor

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1973 JOHN DEERE 4230

Mar 31, 2011

This cover tractor of the month, 1973 JOHN DEERE 4230, is owned by Andrew L. Jacques, Anthony, New Mexico.

1973 JOHN DEERE 4230

This tractor was originally purchased in 1981 and used on Andrew’s farm. He sold it in 1995 and repurchased it in 2009. Andrew completely restored the tractor to its present condition.

For more information about this machine, check out Fastline's e-Edition.

1986 FORD 5610

Mar 29, 2011

This cover tractor of the month, 1986 FORD 5610, is owned by Ross Ayler, Pueblo, Colo.

1980 Ford 5010 copy

After owning a 1964 Ford for 25 years, Mr. Ayler decided to make a major upgrade by purchasing the 1986 Ford. This tractor was in excellent mechanical condition. Mr. Ayler pulled apart, cleaned,
primed and repainted the tractor.

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Mar 24, 2011

Tractor of the month, 1963 OLIVER 770 DIESEL, Owned by Lee Smith, Wilmont, Min, was restored by Rob Fuerstenberg and Virgil Hoffman.

1963 OLIVER 770 DIESEL copy

Mr. Smith purchased this tractor from Ling Implement in Worthington, MN on November 27, 1970 for $1,639.21 after trading in his Oliver 77.

For more information about this machine check out the Fastline e-edition.


Mar 22, 2011

This tractor of the month, 1975 JOHN DEERE 830 DIESEL, is owned by Christian Dilick, Kittanning, PA.

1975 John Deere830

The tractor was originally purchased brand new in 1975 by William S. Dilick. William sold it before he passed away in 1985; however, fi ve years ago the Dilick’s bought it back. They acquired the original paperwork from the dealership where William purchased the tractor, and William’s great-grandson, Christian, is now the proud owner.

For more information about this tractor of the month, check out the Fastline e-Edition.

McCormick Deering Farmall F-30

Mar 10, 2011

As a boy, Dave Schaefer worked for a neighboring farmer, Marvin Grillo, operating Grillo’s McCormick Deering Farmall F-20 and F-30 tractors. After he retired from farming himself, Schaefer decided he wanted to own those tractors from his youth.

“Finding the F-20, and a parts tractor to fix it up, was pretty easy,” Schaefer says. “The F-30 took another five years.”


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Schaefer perused antique tractor publications and went to auctions. “At all of them, I saw only one F-30,” he says. Eventually, Schaefer’s brother spotted an advertisement for an F-30 for sale. It was about 150 miles from Schaefer’s home in Beecher City, Ill., and Schaefer bought it.

It’s a 1932 model, just like Marvin Grillo’s. “They only made about 500 of them that year,” Schaefer says.

The F-30 was in great shape. “I didn’t have to do a thing to it,” Schaefer says. “But I still wouldn’t mind having a parts tractor, in case I ever need to do some repairs.”   




1949 Farmall H

Mar 07, 2011

This month's cover tractor is a 1949 Farmall H.



The tractor is owned by Brett Busson and was restored by Otto Kurschinski. For more information check out

Tractor Trendsetters: Wagner Articulated 4WD Tractor

Mar 04, 2011

Written by Larry Gay

Four-wheel-drive tractors with four equal-sized wheels started in 1912 with the Heer tractor. In 1930, Massey-Harris introduced its General Purpose model with 4-wheel drive and adequate clearance to cultivate row crops. Both of these tractors had a rigid frame with front wheels that steered. The 4-wheel-drive tractors built by J. I. Case, starting in the 1960s and into the 1980s, had a rigid frame, but both the front wheels and the rear wheels could be steered. Today the large 4-wheel-drive tractors with equal-sized tires use an articulated frame for steering.
Wagner Tractor, Inc. of Portland, Oregon, is recognized as the manufacturer who first started building 4-wheel-drive agricultural tractors with articulated frame steering. The tractors consisted of a front unit with the front axle, a rear unit with the rear axle, and a hinged joint between the two units. The engine and operator’s station were located on the front unit. Hydraulic cylinders were used to pivot the tractors at the hinged coupling which also permitted some oscillation between the front and rear axles.
The first Wagner tractors went to the field in 1954 and the company built three models for the 1956 model year, primarily for the Western states. All three models were powered by Cummins diesel engines, with the TR-6 rated at 105 engine horsepower, the TR-9 at 120, and the TR-14 at 150. There were eight-forward speeds for the TR-6 and ten for the TR-9 and TR-14. By mid-1956, the trade magazines were writing articles about the Wagner 4-wheel-drive tractors, comparing their performance to the large crawler tractors used in the Western states.
The Wagner TR-9 was tested at Nebraska in 1957 and produced 87 drawbar horsepower. It was followed by the TR-14 in 1959 which developed 155 drawbar horsepower with an engine speed of 2,100 rpm. In early 1961, the company was bought by the FWD Corporation of Clintonville, Wisconsin, and the brand name became FWD Wagner. The paint color changed from orange to yellow, the model numbers changed from a TR prefix to a WA prefix, and the WA-17 model with 250 engine horsepower was added. The last FWD Wagner tractors were built in 1968, because the company started building only the WA-14 and WA-17 models for John Deere in 1969.
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.

1944 John Deere Model L: The First John Deere Utility Tractor

Mar 03, 2011

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

Teenager Tyler Nelson is making a name for himself with this meticulous restoration of a John Deere tractor nearly 60 years older than he is. His father, Dave Nelson, gave him encouragement and some pointer, but the youngster did the bulk of the work. The restoration turned hears at John Deere Expos and had people buzzing at a Father of the Green in Moline.

The Model L is considered the first John Deere Utility Tractor, and it’s attractive to collectors, partly because it can be hauled in a pickup. Its vertical 2-cyl. engine (5.25 x 4 in. bore and stroke; 66 cu. in.) produced about 10.5 hp on the belt, 9 hp on drawbar, in low gear it ran 2.5 mph, same speed as a team of horses–that it replaced.
1944 JDModelL 
Owner: Tyler Nelson
New Haven, Missouri
The entire Show-Me State Nelson family is involved in tractor restoration. Tyler’s mother helped meticulously paint each bolt with an artist brush and created a scrapbook of the L’s restoration. Meanwhile, younger brother Jacob recently completed restoring a Farmall B that belonged to his great-grandfather.
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A 1953 Farmall Super H

Mar 02, 2011

This cover tractor of the month is owned and was restored by Red Bowles.




According to the owner this tractor was the first of 2,500 made. It took 3 years to fully restore it. For more information check out Fastline Digital Editions






1972 JD 4320 Diesel

Mar 01, 2011


Tractor of the month owned and restored by Walter Elder, Bay City, MI.

Bought in 1979, walter used this tractor for plowing and pulling his potato harvester until 2007.  He completely restored it in 2008. 


To learn more visit Fastline online digital edition.

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