Famous Case IH Farmall Line Turns 85

July 27, 2008 07:00 PM
An AgWeb.com Farm Equipment Special

An icon of American agriculture has turned 85. The first Farmall tractors were introduced in 1923, sending a lot of horses to pasture.

Parent company Case IH is celebrating the Farmall line. According to the company’s birthday announcement, the innovative Farmall Regular tractors had a revolutionary narrow design and higher ground clearance, which allowed farmers to put it to work in taller row-crops without pushing down plants. "In addition, the original Farmall Regular design allowed implements to be mounted fore and aft, further expanding its versatility. "These innovative features, combined with a broad dealer network, enabled the Farmall Regular to quickly become the tractor of choice for progressive farmers throughout North America," says Shawn Boone, manager of livestock marketing for Case IH.

In honor of Farmall's 85-year anniversary, Case IH is expanding the Farmall tractor lineup with new utility and mid-range models, with PTO horsepower ratings up to 90 hp. "Customers can get a new Case IH Farmall tractor that packs as much horsepower as those original Farmalls," Boone says.

The full Case IH Farmall lineup includes 20 models, with configurations ranging from compact straddle mount models to platform models with cab or ROPS options. "Whether you're in the market for a simple, reliable compact tractor or a high-end, high-horsepower model with all the bells and whistles, there's a Farmall for you," Boone says. "It's one of the most famous names in the history of tractors and Case IH is committed to upholding Farmall's reputation for power, versatility and ingenious engineering."

2008 Farmall compact tractor upgrades

Improvements in 2008 include an upgraded Case IH Farmall compact line-up. All Farmall compact tractors are now equipped with a fuel efficient, clean burning Tier 3-compliant engine and MFD. Customers can choose from hydrostatic, synchro or power-shuttle transmissions, depending on the model.

Case IH also simplified the Farmall naming system. "We dropped the D, DX and JX letter naming conventions, and kept the number, which corresponds to horsepower," says Boone.

In 2008, five Class 2 and Class 3 Farmall compact models are available with PTO horsepower ranging from 25 to 43:

* Farmall 31 - formerly the DX31 - with 31 hp
* Farmall 35 - formerly the DX34 - with 35 hp
* Farmall 40 - formerly the DX40 - with 40 hp
* Farmall 45 - formerly the DX45 - with 45 hp
* Farmall 50 - new in 2008 - with 50 hp

There also are two Class 4 Farmall models with PTO hp ratings of 47 and 51 respectively:

* The Farmall 55 - formerly the DX55 - with 55 hp
* The Farmall 60 - formerly the DX60 - with 60 hp

An abridged history of Farmall: After their successful roll-out in the 1920s, the first Farmall Regular tractors were replaced in 1932 by F Series Farmalls, with their powerful four-cylinder engines. The famous "Harvester Red #50" paint was introduced in 1936 to make the tractors more visible to motorists on country rounds.

In 1939, the F Series Farmalls were replaced with different letter series - including A's, B's, H's and M's -along with "modern" styling. More than 390,000 Farmall H tractors were produced, ranking it as the top-selling Farmall of all time.

The letter series gave way to the number series in 1954, with the Farmall 100, 200, 300 and 400. The Farmall name continued into 1973.

Then in 2003, Case IH reintroduced the legendary Farmall name on a line of compact Case IH tractors worthy of their namesake. The compact tractors were chosen to carry the Farmall name because of their strong, simple design and ability to handle all tasks on small farms and fill key roles on larger farms.

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