The Stories Behind Iron Enthusiasts

December 12, 2015 02:38 AM

Machinery on the Big Screen

Aaron Fintel, with 21st Century Equipment in western Nebraska, is a movie buff who loves machinery. When I was out his way in July, I shot video of Aaron talking about machinery on the big screen. Our conversation covers everything from the 1080 Massey and a 2840 or 2940 John Deere in “Footloose” to the Massey equipment labeled as Wheat King in “Superman III.” 


50 Years of Innovation

While speaking to Kinze dealers at company headquarters in Willamsburg, Iowa, I also had a chance to visit with founder Jon Kinzenbaw about his company’s 50 years in business. I toured the factory and shot a video of Jon and his pair of custom-made tractors, a John Deere 2730 (no more two-cylinder putt-putt) and an IHC 668 (660 Wheatland with a V8 engine).


Rare John Deere Sells for $80,000

I spent Halloween in Belleville, Ill., shooting video of a rare John Deere WA-17 four-wheel-drive tractor selling at a collector auction for the late Verlan Heberer. The tractor had been stored inside for years, but it fired up and they drove it to the auction site. As one of only 27 made, the tractor sold for $80,000. Bids were flying for the big old tractor!


International Harvester Collector Cleans Out Shed

I’ve never met anyone more passionate and knowledgeable about International Harvesters than Danny Anderson of Pine Island, Minn. On Sept. 12, 2015, Danny sold a few of his collector items, including a restored International 1456 Gold Demonstrator. It came down to two bidders, one from the East Coast and one from California. The West Coast won for a record $40,000. 


Old and New Deere Combines Strike a Cord

John C. of Carlisle, Minn., sent me a picture of him and his grandpa standing on their combines—a John Deere 9870 STS with a 612C head and a vintage John Deere 45EB combine with a two-row 234 head. The combination of the classic and modern-day machines coupled with a proud grandpa and the next generation struck a cord with Machinery Pete fans.

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