Poll Shows Rising Popularity of "The New Collector Tractor"

Poll Shows Rising Popularity of "The New Collector Tractor"

Last week, Greg Peterson – “Machinery Pete” – reflected on all of the farm machinery he had seen sell at auctions last year. Ten collectibles stood out, and for good reason. Each of them was a great find with great story behind it.

Curious to know which of these 10 classic tractors our readers liked best, AgWeb put together a poll to see which ones would collect the most votes. More than 2,300 people responded, and an 1975 International 1566 emerged victorious with nearly 30% of the votes. Chasing that was a 1972 John Deere 6030 and an Allis Chalmers D21.

Machinery Pete says he wasn’t surprised to learn the 1975 IHC 1566 tractor was the clear winner.

“I think folks found its unique story and history very compelling,” he says. “It had only 450 actual hours on it, it was always shedded, and it was sold by 90-year old Minnesota farmer Carmen Start. He was sharp as a tack in talking about the tractor in the YouTube preview I did before the August 14 farm auction, and also when we featured it on an episode of our Machinery Pete TV show.”

The poll also served as additional evidence of a recent trend Machinery Pete has been tracking.

“I see more solid proof here of the rising strength of what I've been calling "The New Collector Tractor,” models from the mid-1960s to mid-1970s,” he says. “They finished 1-2-3 in our voting – red, green, orange.”

Click here to see how each of Machinery Pete's 10 favorite classic tractors from 2014 auctions fared.

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Spell Check

Ben Davis
Somonauk, IL
1/9/2015 11:47 AM

  I haven't seen 66series IH working in the field for years. Their JD contemporaries are still being used daily. IH engineers operated behind the curve for years. Old IH's are ok to collect, but undependable to farm with. I just passed on my first tractor, a 1956 400 IH Farmall to my grand daughter. It spent most of its life on an auger after breaking numerous axle bearings, axles and housings.

Neal Neidig
Madison, NE
1/10/2015 07:36 AM

  Really?! You obviously don't get around much or are blinded by GREEN. While the 66 series may not be in the field today, doesn't mean they weren't there in the day. Nobody had the torque of a IH 414 engine(look it up). As for bull gears, yes you are correct, they were noisy in after-market cabs. Not so much in the factory ones. IH used a dry clutch(not saying it was the smartest thing) but if you knew how to run them, they would pull the world and NEVER slip. Check out the torque rise on a 414 IH on NE tractor test. I had a 1066 that would pull down to 1200 RPM. Try that with a 4440. Wouldn't happen on a good day. I know. I drove one.

John Novacheck
Hillsboro, WI
1/9/2015 11:07 AM

  Wow....spoken like a true green guy. Instead of appreciating history...your only intent was on cutting down this series of tractors because green didn't win the poll. Reality is there are a lot of these tractors still being used on farms today on a daily basis with many more hours than this with hour meters sometimes on their 3rd trip around...and this includes the green ones.


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