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July 2013 Archive for Your Favorite Tractor

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Magnum Calendar 2014 from Octane Press

Jul 30, 2013

This new publication from Octane Press titled "Magnum Calendar 2014" will be released in August:

0728213 MagnumTractorCalendar2014

Machines featured in the 24-page calendar include the only all-gold MX305 and the 100,000th Magnum.


Click here to read more about the calendar or to order a copy from Octane Press.  
 

1974 International 140

Jul 28, 2013

This 1974 International 140 tractor is featured on the cover of the 2013 Edition No. 10 of Fastline’s Mid-South Farm Edition:

073013 1974International140

John Canterbury of White Oak, Miss., owns the tractor, while Marquies Peoples of Mendenhall, Miss., restored it. Read more in the digital version of Fastline’s Mid-South Farm Edition.  
 

Farmall Calendar 2014 from Octane Press

Jul 26, 2013

This new item from Octane Press titled "Farmall Calendar 2014" will be released in August:

0726213 FarmallCalendar2014

Machines featured in the 24-page calendar include a black-stripe 1066, a 1948 Farmall H, a rare 1970 656 utility demonstrator and a 1939 Farmall F-14.

Click here to read more about the calendar or to order a copy from Octane Press. 

1955 John Deere 420W

Jul 25, 2013

This 1955 John Deere 420W tractor is featured on the cover of the 2013 Edition No. 10 of Fastline’s Oklahoma Farm:

0725213 OklahomaFarm 1955JohnDeere420W

Michael Smith of Oakwood, Okla., owns the tractor and restored it. Read more in the digital version of Fastline’s Oklahoma Farm Edition.
 

Tractor Trendsetters: Waterloo Boy N

Jul 08, 2013

Tractor Trendsetters: Waterloo Boy N
Written by Larry Gay

Production of steam traction engines peaked in 1911-1913 and the popularity of the large gasoline- or kerosene-powered tractors soon declined. As tractors became smaller, more companies started building tractors. However, many of these tractors were not reliable or did not meet their advertised ratings. In 1919 the state of Nebraska passed a law requiring every model of tractor sold in Nebraska to be tested. The Waterloo Boy N tractor became a tractor trendsetter when it was the first tractor to complete its Nebraska test in the spring of 1920.

The interest in power farming was fueled by plowing demonstrations such as the first National Power Farming Demonstration held near Fremont, Nebraska in 1913 where 23 tractor companies demonstrated 39 tractors. This became an annual event and by 1916 there were 80 plowing tractors demonstrating to over 90,000 spectators, including Cyrus H. McCormick, J. D. Oliver, and Henry Ford. By 1916, the Fremont event was just one stop on a circuit of seven plowing demonstrations with the companies moving their equipment from show to show.

However, the plowing demonstrations didn’t solve all the problems of exaggerated advertising claims. The tractor industry began to discuss the need for standardized tractor ratings and consideration was given to having the U.S. Department of Agriculture test tractors. The Agricultural Engineering Department of Ohio State University made a comparison test in 1918 by measuring the productivity and fuel economy of 20 tractors while plowing. After Nebraska passed its law in 1919, the testing responsibility was assigned to the Department of Agricultural Engineering at the University of Nebraska and the now-famous Nebraska Tractor Tests were started.

The Waterloo Boy N tractor was actually a John Deere tractor as Deere & Company had purchased the Waterloo Gas Engine Company in March 1918. The Model N was powered by a horizontal, two-cylinder, kerosene-burning engine with a 6.50- x 7.00-inch bore and stroke. The rated engine speed was 750 rpm and the transmission provided two forward speeds. As a result of its Nebraska test, the Waterloo Boy N was rated as a 12-25 tractor, meaning 12 drawbar horsepower and 25 belt horsepower.

A total of 69 tests were listed for the 1920 season, but three of the tractors were withdrawn and their test results were not published. Tractor testing continues today at Nebraska, but the test procedures have been revised several times as tractors have become larger and more complex.

Larry Gay is the author of four tractor books published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, including Farm Tractors 1975-1995 and Farm Tractors 1975-2005. The four books may be obtained from ASABE by calling 800-695-2723.
 

Minneapolis-Moline G-950

Jul 01, 2013

This red, white and blue Minneapolis-Moline G-950 owned by Dennis and Julia Happ of Homer, Ill., was part of the Heritage Power Series launched by White Motors in 1972, the Heritage Iron 2013 Calendar reports:

7 Jul MM G 950

This is the featured Heritage Iron 2013 Calendar tractor for July. To order the calendar, go to HeritageIron.com.
 

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