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Hello Sherry, Having just read Sherry’s Shop and the feature article on the MF 1100 in the Jan/Feb 2017 Heritage Iron, I was motivated to write you a short letter. While I am a bit older than you, I share those experiences growing up on the farm, driving the country roads well before reaching legal driving age, working the fields in ways that would likely be frowned on by some today, and learning valuable lessons on responsibility and accountability.  My Dad was a great guy and provided the opportunity for me to grow up on the farm, but my Grandfather was the real mechanical influence in my life.  Unfortunately, our farming operation wasn’t large enough for me to make that a career, so I went off to college, got an engineering degree, and then spent 40 years in the world of Corporate American engineering on diesel engines.   A few years ago I bought the farm where I grew up from my mom, and just recently retired from the Engineering world.  I am now living here on the farm, with my collection of old tractors, and now I am the Grandpa in the story.  My grandson, Carter, is my little tractor buddy.  The attached photo shows him at the wheel of my MF 1100 Diesel row-crop tractor (hence the tie-in of your column and the MF 1100 feature).  I also have MF 1080 D, MF 1100 gas, MF 1130 D, and MF 1150 D tractors, all still in their original work clothes.   Carter has driven them all.  At 5-years-old, he currently just handles the steering duty but now does that quite well.  He can actually handle the MF 16 Hydrostat all on his own (under close supervision, of course).  While he will never be a true “farm boy,” it is my plan to teach Carter with the type of handson experience you so aptly labeled as “priceless” in your column. Thanks for the motivation to write. John Bush Shelby County, IN You go Grandpa! This is an experience he will never get anywhere else, and he will never forget it. It will instill within him skills that will be used on many different levels. Thanks for the pictures and for taking the time to write about it. - Sherry Dear Sherry, I really enjoyed the article in Mini Muscle: Curt’s Custom Cub Cadets of the Nov/Dec issue of Heritage Iron. I like anything to do with IH built Cub Cadets. There are a lot of people like Curt Smith who enjoy customizing these little tractors due to the fact that they were so well built. I’m 43 years old, and I grew up with Cub Cadets. My dad’s Cub Cadet 129 was the first tractor I ever drove at the age of 4.

Mini Muscle is actually a good nickname for these tractors. They are a direct descendant of the IH cub tractors. They both use the same transaxle with minor differences. Some Cub Cadets were equipped with a rear PTO shaft. The biggest thing that made Cub Cadets so unique is the fact that they were shaft driven with an automotivestyle clutch. No belts here except on the mower decks.

They also shared some parts with the Cub. For instance, the front wheel weights on the Cub tractor were rear wheel weights on Cub Cadets. I could go on and on about Cub Cadets and Cub tractors, but I’ll keep things brief. Here is a photo my 1977 Cub Cadet 1250. I hope you and your readers enjoy it. Thanks again for a great magazine! Sincerely, John Trego Rock Hall, MD



Curt did a great job with his Cubs. I really wonder if guys like him sleep at night, or do they just lay in bed dreaming up what they’re going to build next? I had no idea the Cub & Cub cadet shared parts. Thanks for teaching me something. - Sherry

Sherry, I would like to compliment you on a very fine and interesting magazine. I have been reading it for a few years – figured it was time to get a subscription. I have spent a large share of my life living in Montana in the Wheat Belt region and have operated many of the “heavyweights” (Buds, Wagners, Rites). I currently own a WA 14 Wagner. The photo is a self-propelled bread loaf stacker similar to Hesston’s pull type unit. The front part is from a Cast 627 scraper. It has a McKee hay head and a Cummins 250 motor. Also, it has eight bogey wheels and a swing open rear door. It was a monster, and I always figured you could park Hesston’s biggest one inside of it. One other note of interest – it was built by Big Bud. At one time, Dub was thinking of branding out and possibly building some hay equipment. I think that thought was short lived. This one is owned by my uncle and was the only one built. Thought you might enjoy something a little bit different. Take care. Charley Hanson River Falls, WI Charley,

Wow! Another piece of lost history. We need to talk and don’t let the scrappers close to that machine! - Sherry




Sherry, I love your magazine. I’m 66. My dad, back in 1974, had a 5020 that pulled this 2500 power-reset John Deere plow (8-18s) in 3rd gear at 4.4 mph. People I tell don’t believe it. Please show them. I can’t wait to get Heritage Iron in the mail!! Rufus King Union City, OH Rufus,

I’m glad you sent the picture because I probably wouldn’t have believed it myself. Doesn’t look like it’s been repowered. You must not live in the river gumbo area. Thanks for sharing your picture. It will give the guys something to argue about in the coffee shop. J - Sherry

Sherry, As a central Illinois high school shop teacher, I cannot agree with you more about what you have written in your Sherry’s Shop article. I teach in Gibson City, IL. I hear of shop programs closing every year but not due to the lack of funding or enrollments. The problem is there are not enough teachers to fill these positions. I try to keep a traditional program focus due to kids needing these hands-on life skills. I get a student that doesn’t know the difference between a socket and a box wrench. They can’t read a tape measure when they enter my classes but can when they leave. The basic skill set is what so many students leave high school without. I have started teaching machine shop at a basic level along with small gas engines. These classes really open up the eyes of the students. The project the kids got the most out of was, a few years back, I restored an old Case VAC tractor. It is long gone, but with the help of donations, it turned out to be a success and well worth the investment of money and huge amounts of time. It was a project that was only done outside of the school day, mostly in the evenings. There were nights we would work til 9 or later. Having taught all day, it made for long days, but it was worth it. Out of that group, I have two students studying AG engineering in college. I also teach welding, another skill highly sought after in the trades. Students don’t really understand all the great opportunities out there for them to be successful. I bet I could place six students a month in skilled trades positions in my area, one of them being AG mechanic at a local dealership. I just thought I would share my thoughts and keep plugging away at the issue from time to time. My students also enjoy reading your magazines. Thanks, Jason Mackinson




Thank you for your letter. Some of us have been very lucky to be raised in an environment where we just picked up the skills naturally. But then there are those who haven’t been so lucky, and I run into more and more of those everyday. Recently I visited the Montana State University where many of Big Bud’s former employees work to instruct students in ag mechanics, diesel technology, and many other hands on programs. Most students leave there with a job because of the shortage of people who have chosen to work in that field. The picture I have posted is the brother of the young aviator that I captured last summer. Logan has farmed along side his father and grandfather all of his life. Still a junior in high school, he farms on his own now and builds his own equipment. Since summer, he has won several ribbons for his ag mechanics project. He’s a great example of what a kid can do when exposed to people who have been willing to teach. Thank you for doing your part and sacrificing of your time and energy to improve the life of a student. Even if they have no desire to earn a living with their hands, they will still find the basic skills to be very valuable in life. - Sherry


Hi Sherry, Just wanted say, “Thank You”, to you and your staff for putting out a great magazine. I worked on an 800-acre dairy farm in high school and stayed on another year and a half after graduating. Now I work as an engineer and conductor, my other big interest, for a local family-run regional railroad. The dairy farm owner was a John Deere guy, and I loved driving them. So I always have been a John Deere fan. But, I also had an interest in the Steiger Tractor company. About two years ago, I started doing research on Steiger. Thanks to your magazine and the CASE IH - Steiger group on Facebook, I’ve been getting to see a lot of photos of Steigers still working hard. In fact, my wife and I are planning a vacation to Michigan to photograph lighthouses and trains, and two farmers have told me to stop by to see their Steiger tractors while we are in the area. Can’t wait to see those big machines!! Attached is a photo of my collection of Steiger items. Always looking for additions to the collection. I have also included this photo of a CAT Powered Steiger Cougar ST280 in Alburtis, PA, at sunset. As far as I know, this is the only Steiger I know of near me. Have not been lucky enough to catch it in action… yet!! Thanks again, Michael Kohl Reading, PA Michael,

I have a feeling you’re going to like the new book that will be out later this year, put out by Octane Press on the Case IH 4WD tractors. I have written the chapter on the green Steigers. I was able to sit down with many of the former employees and hear some good stories up there. Should be a good read with quite a few pictures and a lot of history. FYI, I recently took the train to Montana to visit the Big Bud operation. Really enjoy riding the rails... when I’m not riding the clouds. - Sherry Sherry, I’d like to see you do an article on the German engines (diesel) that IHC put in Farmall 706s in 1967 and later in 756s and 826s and in some combines. Thanks, Ed Dittmer Liberty, IL Dear Sherry, Good job. I have them all the way back to #1. Note – I always enjoy what you write in Sherry’s Shop. I’m 87 and agree with your ideas about what is right and wrong. Work has never hurt anyone. I took our family farm at 23 years of age. Added three more before I turned it over to my nephew last December. You prove that it’s not a 100% man’s world! I thank you for sending a renewal reminder; most don’t. W.R. Hemmingway Freeville, NY


I will give that assignment to one of our writers ASAP. Thanks for the suggestion. - Sherry


If you have them all the way back to number 1, you’re one of the few. Thank you for your support. Ironically, when I wanted to be in shop in high school, I wasn’t allowed to. It was for boys only. I guess I showed them! (And I didn’t march in the streets to do it.) Sherry

Sherry, My brother was an avid reader of your magazine. Ian Hoffman was his name. He lived in Mt. Carmel, IL, and farmed from 1967 to 2016, when he passed away March. He got me started on your magazine, got me hooked. Ian was president of the 4-H in Wabash County for over 40 years. He went to NC and picked up a John Deere model “D” and was reconditioning it when he passed away before he finished it. We got a friend to finish it for his wife. We put the tractor in the parade on 4th of July. Looks real good. Ian told me he met you sometime back, and I hesitated to write to you about him. If you would like some pictures of his model “D,” I will get them for you. Great mag. Great pics. Thanks again. Ronald Hoffman Keensburg, IL Ron,

I’ve been to Mt. Carmel many times in the past. We used to tractor pull there; in fact, I visited with Fred Steckler, Mt. Carmel farmer/puller, just a few weeks ago. If your brother worked with 4-H, he probably met me several times 20-30 years ago when we were hitting all the fairs. He probably never realized I was the same person. I’m glad you had his D finished for him. - Sherry MARCH /APRIL 2017 ISSUE 050


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The middle-size Steiger 1700 tractor was rated at 195 Inc., said eight companies were doing about 80 percent of engine horsepower produced the farm equipment business, six were doing about 8 percent, by a 318-cubic-inch Detroit V-6 two-cycle diesel engine. and some 1,500 were competing for the remaining 12 The 1700’s nine forward percent. Since he didn’t name the companies, your challenge speeds ranged from 1.8 to 19 mph with 18.4-30 tires. The is t o name the t op 14 companies. A par tial answer t o this wheelbase was 126 inches, and the fuel tank capacity was quiz appear s at the end of this ar ticle. 120 gallons. The Steiger 1250 was the smallest of the three two-cycle diesel engine. The nine with 130 engine horsepower three in reverse. The forward YEARS AGO speeds with 18.4-30 tires ranged forward speeds ranged from 1.9 to developed by its 4-cylinder, [ Feb-Mar 1967] 21 mph with 23.1-26 tires. The 212-cubic-inch Detroit twofrom 3.1 to 19.4 mph for the wheelbase was 132 inches, and the cycle diesel engine. It featured 125 and 3.3 to 20.8 mph for For 1967, Versatile fuel tank held 134 gallons. 12 forward speeds ranging from the 118 and 145. The three Manufacturing Ltd. of models featured planetary final Winnipeg, Manitoba, Versatile 145 tractor drives and two saddle-type fuel introduced three new models tanks with a total capacity of of articulated, 4-wheel-drive The 145 model was the largest Versatile tractor for 1967. 108 U.S. gallons. The 3-point tractors to replace the D100 It featured a Cummins V-8 diesel engine with 180 engine hitch was a Category 3, and the horsepower, a 9-speed transmission, and an optional cab. with a Ford 6-cylinder diesel PTO operated at 1,000 rpm. A engine and the G100 with a cab with rubber mountings was Chrysler V-8 gasoline engine. The new 145 featured the most available as an option. The Steiger power with a 470-cubic-inch Manufacturing Cummins V-8 diesel engine Company of Red Lake which produced 180 engine Falls, Minnesota, was horsepower at 3,000 rpm. The offering three models new 118 was powered by a of articulated, 4-wheel352-cubic-inch Cummins V-6 diesel engine which was rated at drive tractors for 1967. 135 engine horsepower at 3,000 The largest was the rpm. A Ford V-8 gasoline engine 2200 model with 238 engine horsepower with 391 cubic inches and 165 engine horsepower at 2,800 rpm with its 426-cubicinch Detroit V-6 was the power source for the new 125. The three Versatile models were defined by their engines as they used the same chassis with a 120inch wheelbase. The transmission provided nine forward speeds and

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Steiger 1700 tractor

The two largest Steiger tractors for 1967 were the 1700 and 2200. Built on Steiger’s farm in Minnesota, the V-type of grill signified they were powered by a Detroit V-6 two-cycle diesel engine.

1.8 to 17 mph with 16.9-26 tires. The wheelbase for the 1250 was 108 inches, and its fuel tank held 90 gallons. J. I. Case also had a 4-wheel-drive tractor for the 1967 market. The Case 1200 Traction King developed 119.9 PTO horsepower at Nebraska with its 6-cylinder, 451-cubicinch Case turbocharged diesel engine. It featured a rigid frame with 4-way steering. Independent front wheel steering was used for field work and highway travel. Independent rear wheel steering was useful for hitching to implements. Crab-steering helped overcome side drift on side hills. Coordinated steering resulted in a short turning

radius. The six forward speeds ranged from 2.6 to 13.3 mph with 18.4-34 tires. Another 4-wheel-drive tractor for 1967 was the International 4100. Powered by a 6-cylinder, 429-cubic-inch International turbocharged diesel engine, it was rated as an 8-plow tractor and produced 110.8 drawbar horsepower during its two hour test at Nebraska. The 4100 was built with a rigid frame and provided front wheel steering or coordinated 4-wheel steering. The eight forward speeds ranged from 2.0 to 20.2 mph with 18.4-30 tires. Two large 4-wheel-drive tractors for 1967 were the FWD Wagner WA-14 and WA-17.

These two models were built with articulated frames and were powered by 6-cylinder Cummins diesel engines. The WA-14 was rated at 220 engine horsepower with a displacement of 743 cubic inches, and the WA-17 stepped up to a 250 engine horsepower rating and a displacement of 855 cubic inches. The ten forward speeds ranged from 1.9 to 15.5 mph with 23.1-30 tires for the WA14 and 28.5-26 tires for the WA-17. Avco New Idea experienced record sales in 1965 with the addition of the Uni-System line of products and then exceeded

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YEARS AGO [ Feb-Mar 1977] Steiger Tractor Inc. started producing the Steiger Tiger III 450 in March 1977. It was advertised as “the world’s most powerful mass-produced farm tractor” with 450 engine horsepower and 350 drawbar horsepower. The power was produced by the combination of a 6-cylinder, 1150-cubic-inch Cummins turbocharged and intercooled diesel engine and a 6-speed full powershift transmission with torque converter. The six forward speeds ranged from 3.3 to 19.5 mph with 30.5-32 dual tires. When the 385 gallon fuel tank was filled, the tractor weighed 45,360 pounds. The ROPS certified cab featured rubber mountings, two side doors, heater and air conditioning, tinted glass in the windows, a tilt and telescoping steering wheel, a right-side control console, and a deluxe seat. Versatile Manufacturing expanded its line of articulated, 4-wheel-drive tractors for 1977 with the addition of the 950 Series 2, the 825 Series 2, and the 500. The 950 Series 2 was rated at 348 14


Steiger Tiger III 450 tractor The largest Steiger tractor for 1977 was the Tiger III 450 with 450 engine horsepower produced by its 6-cylinder, 1,150-cubic-inch Cummins turbocharged and intercooled diesel engine.

Versatile 950 Series 2 tractor Versatile added two models to its Series 2 family of tractors for 1977. The 950 Series 2 was the largest of the series with its 903-cubic-inch Cummins V-8 turbocharged diesel engine rated at 348 engine horsepower.

Motor Corporation, told the It is interesting to note dealers that contrary to all the the power in 4-wheel-drive rumors, there were no plans tractors almost doubled in to sell White Farm Equipment ten years. The largest Steiger Company. tractor increased from 238 In early 1977, the ownership engine horsepower in 1967 of Versatile Manufacturing Ltd. to 450 engine horsepower in changed when the controlling 1977. The largest Versatile interest was purchased by Cornat produced 180 engine Industries for approximately $28 horsepower in 1967, and million. Both companies stressed this jumped to 348 engine there would be no changes in horsepower in 1977. Two new White Field Boss the operations of Versatile, and row-crop tractors for 1977 were it would be “business as usual.” However, it was suggested the the 2-155 and 2-135. They financial power of Cornat would were announced in the fall enable Versatile to expand of 1976 and then featured at its crowded the White ...ownership production dealer of Versatile facilities. meeting in Manufacturing On February Phoenix, 1, 1977, Arizona, in Ltd. changed when International early 1977. the controlling Harvester The 2-135 interest was changed from was a new purchased by a company model, and Cornat Industries with numerous the 2-155 for approximately divisions replaced including the White $28 million. an overseas 2-150 with division to one with five its 6-cylinder, 585-cubic-inch separate worldwide groups in White (former Minneapolisan attempt to reverse the trend Moline) diesel engine. Their of concentrating on increasing PTO horsepower rating matched their model numbers. volume which resulted in growing sales but declining Both models were powered profits. The new groups were by 6-cylinder, 478-cubic-inch trucks, agricultural equipment, White Hercules turbocharged construction equipment, turbo diesel engines. The machinery, and components. transmission was the proven 18-speed Over/Under Hydraul- WHITE The Nebraska Tractor Test Lab started testing Shift partial powershift. An tractors in March 1977 with the independent 1,000-rpm PTO White Field Boss 2-50 and 2-60. was standard, but the 2-135 could be equipped with a dual Built by Fiat of Italy, the 2-50 with its 3-cylinder, 158-cubicspeed PTO. Other standard equipment included a Category inch Fiat diesel engine produced 47.0 PTO horsepower, and 3 size of 3-point hitch and the 2-60 developed 63.2 PTO the cab with the three-sided horsepower from the 4-cylinder, front that had been improved 211-cubic-inch version of the to reduce the noise level 3-cylinder engine. Both tractors inside the cab to one-half of exceeded their initial ratings of that in the 2-150. Jerome 46 and 59 PTO horsepower. Bennett, president of White


YEARS AGO [ Feb-Mar 1987] The mystery of what was to happen to Versatile was solved in February 1987 when the Ford Motor Company announced its Ford New Holland subsidiary was buying Versatile Farm Equipment Company, the tractor operations of Versatile Corporation, for about $135 million. The Versatile tractor factory had been closed since July 1986, and the new owners planned to have it back in operation by July 1987. HESSTON In other company news, Fiat Trattori S.p.A. of Italy, the owner of 52.5 percent of Hesston Corporation, announced it planned to acquire the remainder of the Hesston stock for $13.6 million, making Hesston a subsidiary of Fiat. Hesston had been plagued by excess inventory during the slumping farm economy of the 1980s, losing $18.8 million on restated sales of $168 million in 1985 and $42.9 million on sales of $120 million in 1986. WHITE New for 1987 was the Field Boss 185 tractor with a black hood stripe from White Farm Equipment, now a division of Allied Products Corporation. It replaced the WFE Field Boss 2-180 with a red hood stripe, but most of the specifications remained the same. The major change was the engine with the Field Boss 185 being equipped with a 6-cylinder, 505-cubic-inch CDC-Cummins turbocharged and intercooled diesel engine instead of the 636-cubic-inch Caterpillar V-8 diesel engine which powered the WFE Field Boss 180. The Field Boss MARCH /APRIL 2017 ISSUE 050



engine horsepower with its 903-cubic-inch Cummins V-8 turbocharged diesel engine. The 825 Series 2 was built with a 6-cylinder, 855-cubicinch Cummins turbocharged diesel engine which produced 250 engine horsepower. Both models were equipped with a 12-speed transmission and 24.5-32 tires. Ground speeds ranged from about 2.5 to 14.3 mph. The addition of these two models increased the Series 2 family to seven models – 700, 750, 800, 825, 850, 900, and 950. The cab for the 950 Series 2 and the 825 Series 2 was a module type with builtin ROPS and isolated with rubber mounts. It featured a narrow dash for good side visibility, a right side control console, heater and air conditioning, and a fully adjustable deluxe swivel seat. Optional equipment included a Category 3 size of 3-point hitch, rear fenders, and a wide variety of sizes of single and dual tires. The Versatile 500 was an articulated, 4-wheel-drive tractor but was built with inboard planetary final drives and adjustable wheel tread settings of 60 or 66 to 97 inches, depending on tire size. It was powered by a 504-cubicinch Cummins V-8 diesel engine with a rated output of 192 engine horsepower. The 15 forward speeds ranged from 2.0 to 17.4 mph. The independent PTO provided speeds of 540 or 1,000 rpm, and the 500 could be equipped with a 3-point hitch. The cab was built with the same features as the larger Series 2 tractors. Single and dual tire sizes included 18.4-34, 18.438, and 15.5-38.


185 was rated at 185 PTO horsepower, a slight increase over the 181 PTO horsepower from the Nebraska Tractor Test used by the 2-180. The Field Boss 185 continued to be built with the 3 x 6 Over/ Under transmission with a 6-speed gear box and a 3-speed powershift for a total of 18 forward speeds. The cab with the three-sided front was standard equipment. Since small tractors accounted for about 50 percent of the U.S. tractor sales in units during this period, White Farm Equipment introduced five new compact tractors for the 1987 model year. Built by Iseki of Japan, the largest was the Field Boss 43 with 39 PTO horsepower followed by the Field Boss 37 with 30 PTO horsepower. Both were powered by 4-cylinder Iseki diesel engines. The middle size model was the Field Boss 31 with 25 PTO horsepower developed by its 3-cylinder Iseki diesel engine. The two smallest models were the Field Boss 21 and Field Boss 16 with 19 and 14 PTO horsepower, respectively, produced by their smaller Iseki 3-cylinder diesel engines. The Field Boss 37 had 18 forward speeds, the Field Boss 43, 31, and 21 had 12, and the Field Boss 16 had 6. A 2-post ROPS was standard equipment. Case International also introduced four new models of compact tractors for 1987. The 275 was rated at 27 PTO horsepower, the 255 at 21 PTO horsepower, the 245 at 18 PTO horsepower, and the 235 at 15 PTO horsepower. The tractors were sourced from Mitsubishi of Japan, and the power was supplied by 3-cylinder Mitsubishi diesel engines. The 16


White Field Boss 185 tractor

White’s Field Boss 185 replaced the WFE Field Boss 2-180 for 1987. The major change was replacing the Caterpillar V-8 diesel engine with a 6-cylinder CDCCummins turbocharged and intercooled diesel engine.

White Field Boss 37 tractor

The White Field Boss 37 with 30 PTO horsepower was the second largest size of the five new models of compact tractors White added for the 1987 model year. The five models were built by Iseki of Japan.

Both (37 and 30) were powered by 4-cylinder Iseki diesel engines.




three larger models were built with 9-speed transmissions, and the 235 offered a choice of a 6-speed or a hydrostatic transmission. The Top 14 Companies Who were the top 14 companies in sales in the 19761977 era? Steiger President, Jack Johnson’s top eight companies with almost 80 percent of the farm equipment business had to include the seven major tractor companies – Deere & Company, International Harvester, Massey-Ferguson, Ford, J.I. Case, Allis-Chalmers, and White. The eighth company would be Sperry New Holland with sales of combines and hay tools larger than the farm equipment sales of J. I. Case, Allis-Chalmers, or White. It becomes more difficult to name the six companies that represented the 8 percent of the industry sales. They would have had a major size of factory or factories, a line of products that were self-propelled or with a complex power train to produce a sizeable dollar volume per machine, and a wide distribution area with a large number of established dealers. Probably two of the eight would have been Steiger and Versatile. Two more likely candidates would be Hesston and Avco New Idea. Perhaps the last two were Gehl and Melroe, but did Johnson consider Melroe to be a farm equipment company? From the limited amount of sales data in the Bobcat Fifty Years book, it can be predicted Melroe had sales in the $100 million range in 1976. Gehl is a possible candidate because the Gehl Company book states Gehl had sales of “almost $100 million” in the late 1970s. The big question becomes who were the last two?



IH 5488 2-Owner, Runs & Drives

IH 1066 Wheatland, Open

Station, 23.1-34 Rubber, Runs Great, Original Paint, Super Cool Piece...$14,500

IH Super MD 2,180 Actual Hours, Late Model, Runs Excellent, Front & Rear Weights, Simply None Nicer...$9,750

JD 4020 Gas, 1,342 Actual 1-Owner Hours with all the Paper Work, Original Rubber, NOS Roll Guard & Canopy, 1 of a Kind...$13,750

JD 430 Utility, 492 Hours, Factory

JD 435 1960 Model, 6,160 One

Oliver 1755 FWA, 5.9 Cummins,

Runs Good, Factory Cab, One of the Last Ones Built, Farm Fresh, 1 of 34 Built...$18,500

Oliver 2255 3150 Cat, Runs Great, Factory Cab, 3 Point, 2 Hydraulics, Straight Metal, Good 3 Speed, Original...$7,900

MM G-1350 Factory Open Station, Runs

JD 830 Pony Start, Runs Excellent, Dual Hydraulics, Nice Matched Rubber, Weights, Very Nice Sheet Metal, Nice Paint, QUALITY...$12,900

JD 820 Blackdash, New Firestone Rubber, PTO, Hydraulics, Runs Great on Both Motors, Drives Excellent, Very Nice...$12,500

JD BN 1952 with JD #16 Cotton

the Best, Duals, Weights, A-1 Field Ready, Never Seen Salt or Manure, WOW...$32,500

Power Steering, Runs Great, Drives like a New Tractor, WHAT A FIND...$10,500

Owner Hours, Deluxe Fenders, Float Ride Seat, Original Paint, Runs the Best...$9,500

Good, 3 Point w/ Original Top-Link, Dual PTO’s, Original Paint, Hard to Find Factory Open...$9,500

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IH introduced the 656 in 1965, about two years before the rest of the 56 series made their appearance. During the first two years, 656s were built with the same white painted mesh-like grille as the 706. In 1967, when the rest of the 56 series were introduced, the grille was changed to the silver bar (BBQ rack style) front grille to have a family appearance with the other tractors. The 656 sold VERY well for IH. It sold so well that strong sales kept the 656 in the IH lineup until 1973 instead of retiring in 1971 as originally planned. IH built both a Farmall (Row Crop, F-656) and International (Utility/Industrial, I-656 and I-2656) version of the 656. The 2656 Industrial tractor was painted Federal yellow in color. The other versions of the 656 were painted IH 2150 red. In all, IH built over 50,000 units of both models combined! The 656 has often been relegated to a “chore tractor,” meaning it does everything on the farm now for most operations. It’s too small in size and HP to be the BIG muscle tractor on most farms but just right for everyday tasks. The 656 was not only a midsized workhorse; IH offered it in both gear drive and hydrostatic drive transmission choices. Along with this, the choice of power plants included gasoline, L.P.G., or diesel. These alone made the 656 adaptable to ANY farm for ANY task. On many farms the 656 was the “second tractor” on the farm with a larger tractor being used for the tillage and heavy PTO work. The 656 is rated at about 63 HP. IH did not forget about the operator with the 656. A vertically adjustable seat that could be adjusted to the operator’s weight was used on the Farmall version. The International (Utility) model usually had a lower profile seat fitted. The drive train of the 656 gear drive model is similar to the 756 and 856 in that it has gears and a torque amplifier, but the gear selection and T/A are completely different. The T/A in the 656 is the old style mechanical design that uses an overrunning sprag clutch that is mechanically engaged with a clutch. This perceived the reduction in speed and increase in pulling power when the engagement lever is pulled back into T/A drive. This should be done

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only at slow speeds or under load. Pulling the T/A back while traveling downhill will NOT provide any engine braking capability to the tractor. In fact, the opposite will occur. The T/A clutch could over speed causing the unit to (in worst case situations) explode and cause the T/A planet gears to exit the housing... fast! Unlike the bigger models 756 and 856, which have four forward gears, the 656 has five forward gears and a single reverse gear. If a T/A is fitted on the 656, the number of speeds doubles. The 656 does not have a park lock feature like the other 56 series tractors have. Both the gear drive and hydro drive tractors have dry disc brakes with two brake discs per side to stop the 656 or to aid in turning. These brakes were controlled by individual pedals (left or right) that could (and should) be latched together for road transport. IH fitted the early built 656 tractors with Delco brand generators with external regulators. Later made tractors had Delco brand alternators but still retained the use of external regulators. Delco was also the supplier of several switches, the starting motor, and other electrical components used on the tractor. When IH engineers designed the electrical system on the 656, they built it with component wiring harnesses used. This allows a section (i.e. right dash or left dash) to be replaced without having to buy an ENTIRE wiring harness at great expense. Luckily, the many wiring harnesses that are used on the 656 are still offered today through IH or the aftermarket. Wide front or narrow front ends were offered on the Farmall models. The International models were built as wide front axle only. These were controlled by a fully hydrostatic power steering system that made steering them fingertip easy. The 656 could be fitted with a rear 3-point hitch or IH’s exclusive Fast Hitch system. Two hydraulic remote valves could be fitted to power implements or a font mounted loader. The steering system is fully hydrostatic for fingertip driving. A wide variety of tire sizes and brands were offered to let you create the 656 muscle tractor that fit your farm best!

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The 756 tractor was fitted with a “Kraut” engine, a.k.a. “German diesel,” that is an inline 6-cylinder engine with 310-cubic-inch displacement. This engine is a direct start design (NO glow plugs or pre-heater) that is very unique. The reason the engine is called a “Kraut” or “German” is that it is built in IH’s factory in Neuss, Germany, along with thousands of other engines and IH tractors. The German diesels are noted for their smoking when idling, yet they are NOT burning oil. Once the throttle is cracked open, the smoke quickly clears. One of the unique features of the D-310 is its starting procedure. The hand throttle lever (by the steering wheel) is advanced to about 1/4 open, and the fuel shutoff cable (by the lower left dash panel) is pulled slightly out until a resistance is felt (about 2 inches). One would think that pulling the fuel shut-off out certainly would NOT help the 756 start, but it actually activates the over fueling feature of the injection pump to help it start. Crank the engine over, and when it fires and runs, push the fuel shut-off back in. If gasoline or L.P.G. power was a better fit on your farm, the 756 could be specified with IH’s inline 6-cylinder engine model C-291 with 291-cubic-inch displacement. The rated HP of the 756 is 76 PTO HP. IH built the 756 in Farmall (Row Crop) and International (standard tread-Wheatland/ Industrial) versions. In all, IH built just over 12,000 units of both models combined! The standard tread-Wheatland and Industrial model series had just over 1,000 units made, making them a “rare-to-find” tractor from the muscle tractor era. The yellow painted Industrial model was the 2756. To help increase the sales of the 756, IH introduced a differential lock attachment for this tractor and the 856 in February of 1969. This factory-installed option was necessary to counter the offering of a competitor to IH and to bolster the sales of the exported tractor models to countries where differential lock was offered in competitive brands. The differential lock provided a means to selectively lock the bull pinion shafts together so that both rear wheels would turn together at the same speed. This 22 MARCH /APRIL ISSUE 050


feature is especially helpful in slippery field conditions. The differential lock is controlled by a floor-mounted foot switch that causes the actuating shaft (positioned in a hole that is bored the length of the RH bull pinion brake shaft) to engage a clutch which locks the right and left bull pinion brake shafts together. The differential lock remains engaged (on) until the foot pedal is released. This is an important safety feature as competitive tractors suffer from gear “wind up” under load that makes the disengagement very difficult. This attachment made the revision of the brake housing and pinion shafts necessary. IH also designed the 756 and 856 to have the same componentized electrical wiring harness so that as service and/or replacements were needed, it could be done so economically and quickly. The electrical gear for the 756 and 856 was sourced from Delco-Remy like the 656 is. Prestolite was the battery supplier to IH for these tractors. The 756 could be fitted with IH’s Fast Hitch rear hitch or a 3-point hitch. The 3-point hitch quickly grew to fame for its draft sensing system. IH used a lower arm torsion bar sensing system. This used a torsion bar mounted to the lower mounting arm tube of the 3-point hitch. The bar interacted with the draft control valve via direct linkage. Competitive brands used complex linkages or springs that were highly inaccurate and could break and wear quickly. The IH torsion bar sensing system measured the draft load up to three times per second and made an instant correction (if needed) to match the setting selected by the operator. IH announced the availability of a 2-post ROPS attachment for the 756 and 856 in January of 1969. The new 2-door cab built by Excell Industries (often called the Diamond cab due to its shape) was released for use on the 756 and 856 a month later in 1969. The 756 and 856 series tractor would be fitted with U-clamp style rear wheels or IH’s new 1-bolt wedge lock wheels. The wedge lock wheels offered a single bolt that was tightened or loosened to move a pair of cast wedges that were trapped inside the rear wheel center disc. This made changing wheel tread width a one man job with a jack and wrench to do this quickly and safely.


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The big-little tractor of the 56 series is the 856. It is big enough to handle heavy tillage work, yet small enough to be maneuverable in tight places. A 6-cylinder model C-301 IH built engine could be either gasoline or L.P.G. powered. This engine was a non-sleeve design that was slowly being phased out of production as diesel engines became the more popular choice in the muscle tractor era. The diesel engine for the 856 was IH’s model D-407, the non-turbocharged version of the 407 engine that was used in the larger model 1256. This reliable, durable engine had proved itself over thousands of acres. With a rating of 100 PTO HP, the 856 had the right HP for many farms to be their main tractor. With farms growing ever larger in the muscle tractor era, IH became keenly aware of the need to offer an optional auxiliary fuel tank attachment. This tank could be factory or field installed, and it fit the 756, 856, and 1256 tractors. The 656 could not be fitted with this. This “U” shaped tank held 40 gallons of fuel, and it had an electric pump fitted to it that transferred fuel to the main tank on the tractor. IH had considered several approaches to solving the “lack of fuel carrying capacity” issue. One idea was fender mounted fuel tanks. A competitor to IH used these, but this idea was discarded as not all tractors were shipped with fenders. Since cabs were becoming increasingly popular, an undermounted tank was the most practical choice to be compatible with cab equipped tractors. Both the 756 and 856 have similar gear drive trains. Two ranges (high and low) along with reverse are controlled by a single lever with an H shifting pattern. The high and low ranges are in a direct line with each other with reverse being offset to the right. The 4-speed gears are controlled by a single lever that is mounted beside the range lever and moves in a straight line. First gear is at the top of the pattern, and fourth gear is at the bottom. Both gearshift control levers are chrome plated. With the range lever in neutral, a hand operated park lock lever can be lowered to put the tractor into park. It is VERY IMPORTANT that the tractor is at a COMPLETE STOP before moving the lever. Transmission gear tooth damage can occur if this is forced in on the go. 24 MARCH /APRIL ISSUE 050


IH’s hydraulically actuated torque amplifier attachment was an option that most tractors were fitted with. This hydraulically controlled gear reduction unit would decrease travel speed by about 30% and increase the tractor’s pulling power. This was controlled by a single lever on the LH side of the dash. Simply pull it back for T/A drive, or push ahead for direct drive. Shift on the go, no clutching needed. One thing the T/A was not designed for (but was still abused for) was to act as a tractor brake when slowing down at high speed. This caused many T/As to die an early life, due to operator abuse. If you want to restore the 856 tractor to “factory original,” you’ll need to get Prestolite batteries too. The diesel tractor has two 6-volt batteries (3EH size) that are cabled in series to create a 12-volt system. The gasoline or L.P.G. tractor has a single 12-volt 3EE sized battery mounted on the LH side of the tractor under the fuel tank. This author has seen (and done) several battery conversions on the diesels to use two of the group 3EE 12-volt batteries instead. These each have their own ground (-) cable and their positive (+) cable that go directly to the starter. Since the 3EE and 3EH batteries are similar in size/shape, etc., they have the “factory appearance” that is so important when restoring your muscle tractor. IH built both Farmall (Row Crop) and International (Standard tread-Wheatland/ Industrial) versions of the 856. During its 5-year production run, the 856 had almost 29,000 tractors built. The International 856 was built as both a standard tread version (I-856) and a yellow painted Industrial model 2856. The 2856 Industrial tractor is quite rare to find. IH records from June of 1968 indicate that a new ROPS integrated cab was “in the works” for the 856 and 756 tractors. The plans called for a cab that was 56 inches wide inside as compared to the 37-inch wide cab (the Stolper Allen built “ice cream box” cab) that IH offered. The new cabs were to tilt rearward to allow servicing of tractor rear frame components. This was something that was not offered by any tractor competitor. This new “tilting cab” actually did make it to the marketplace with a new tractor series underneath it – the IH 66 series.

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he Al l i s- Chal m er s D21 t r act o r i s t he m os t iconi c and r ecogniz a b l e ag t r act or Allis e v er m ade. Ev en t hough it’s one of t he D Ser i es, it l o o k s dif f er ent t han t he o t her s in t he Se r i e s. The One Hundr ed Ser ies t r ac t o r s al l hav e t he sam e t in hood s t y ling, as do t he 7, 0 0 0 and 8, 000 Ser i e s.

option of three-point hitch for row crops. It was capable of side dressing anhydrous in row crops after the corn was up. Planting and cultivating were both now possible as various companies scrambled to make wider row crop implements to match up with the increased horsepower and size of the tractor. Moldboard plows were usually five-bottom or a six-bottom with an on land hitch made by AllisChalmers. It’s my observation that Allis had been a step behind John Deere’s 5010, which was tested Several years ago, our family in Nebraska in 1962, the year was on our way from Minnesota prior to the D21. The 5010 to Colorado to attend my produced 121 PTO horsepower cousin’s funeral. While traveling but was a standard tractor through Nebraska, I looked without adjustable wheel width to the west and saw an Allisand only a standard swinging Chalmers tractor at least one drawbar. It was intended to pull mile away and told my wife and a field cultivator and a plow and son that it looked like a D21. was not capable of doing row We went to investigate and crop work. then tracked down the owner An interesting twist to the and got the story that the D21 426 CID engine in the D21 was may already be sold. I left my number with him and never heard back. Few other models of any brand of tractor are that recognizable at that distance. It was October 15-21, 1963, when Allis submitted the D21 to be tested at the facility at Lincoln, Nebraska. The 426 CID engine produced 103 PTO horsepower with no adjustments or repairs made over the 37 hours of testing. While the D21 wasn’t the first ag tractor to break the 100-horsepower rating for a two-wheel drive tractor as the John Deere 5010 did, it has the distinction of being the first to break 100 horsepower with row crop capability. It had adjustable front and rear wheel width along with a factory

the fact it was not turbo charged when it first came out, and neither was the big 531 CID engine in the 5010. Strangely, Allis had previously outfitted the D19 with a turbo for the Nebraska test early in 1962, so the technology was there, but they chose not to use it in the early D21. This model was called a Series I, as it wasn’t long before the Allis people saw the need to pony up to JD’s 5010 power. In June of 1965, Allis submitted the D21 Series II. Twenty months later, the D21 with standard factory installed turbo was tested in Nebraska, then showing 127 PTO horsepower, besting the 5010 by six horsepower. One possible reason for not initially turbocharging the first D21s was the concern of farmers taking a screwdriver to boost horsepower at the injection pump. By and large, the D21 was fairly durable except for the rearend which had numerous issues such as axle bearings and ring, pinion, and

bull gears going bad. Metal flaking of both gear areas was a problem. Both the pinion and bull gears are lubricated by hydraulic fluid which becomes thinner than water when the air temperatures climb. For example, when a wheat farmer in Kansas is doing tillage after harvest and the thermometer reaches 90 degrees, lubrication breaks down and the gears pay the price. The operator’s station on the D21 was all-new with a large flat platform above the transmission and rear end. It ushered in a new era of operatorfriendly controls and features. In all other D Series tractors, the operator’s legs straddled the transmission which limited operator’s comfort. The D21 had good vision along with easy power steering which made it a joy to operate. Most D21s came with 18.4 x 34 rear tires which were undersized for the Series II. A few had 24.5 x 32 rubber on the rears, and this is the size most collectors prefer. The problem



with this is the cast hub needs to be of 32” size, and existing hubs of this size have become scarce and expensive. I had one D21 that had a much newer rubber and rim size that came out after the D21’s run. They were 20.8 x 38 and also look good and work well on the D21. Production of the D21 ran from 1963 to 1969 with a total production of 3,538 units made. Most D21s were used for agricultural purposes; however, a few were designated ‘industrial’ by yellow paint and a heavy swinging drawbar. These industrial models pulled packers, scrapers, and beach sanitizers. Today, a favorite use of the D21 is tractor pulling. The 426

engine responds well with high boost turbocharging. Having been in the Allis-Chalmers collecting business for 20 years, I’ve come to know a few D21 pullers. Our most noted customer who pulled D21s is Duane Cates of Williamsburg, Indiana. The Cates brothers, Duane and Rodney, pulled from 1976 to 1985 in the 7,000 to 15,000-pound class. When they first started pulling, they used one turbo with 35 pounds of boost. When a second turbo was added, boost rose to 100 pounds. When the third turbo was incorporated, boost ran from 140 to 150 pounds. The Cates pulled in large enclosed coliseums that would

John Bergman of Seneca, Kansas, on his Series II Turbocharged Diesel, first 1967 D-21 2863. Hydraulic front wheel assist.

hold 15,000 spectators. Due to the extreme amount of burnt black diesel emissions, a traveling exhaust pipe went with the tractor down the track. Keep in mind, many tractors pulled with 40 MPH gears. This traveling exhaust system kept the air quality inside the building tolerable to breathe and see. The down side was the operator had trouble evaluating engine RPM, so a tachometer had to be relied on. Why was the D21 more popular to pull with than the newer 220? They both had the same 426 engine. The answer is weight. The D21 is almost 2,000 pounds lighter than the 220. Just in the rear end alone

the D21 is 1,000 pounds lighter. An improvement was made in the 220 to make the bull gear rear end more durable, and so the cast bull gears are about twice as wide as those in the D21. The 220 has a heavy cast nose that frames the radiator; the D21 has a tin grill. The 220 has a heavy gauge hood that a large man could stand on without bending. The D21 has a light tin hood. All of the updates and improved strengthening in the 220 accounts for an unballasted weight of 12,400 pounds for the 220 and an unballasted weight of 10,600 pounds for the D21. This makes the D21 the go-to tractor for pulling. The Cates brothers were able to get their D21, “The Equalizer,” stripped down to a weight of 7,000 pounds.

I’ve mentioned the improvements of the newer 220 over the D21, but I’d be remiss by not mentioning the 210 and how and why it fits in. The next step down from the 220 was the 200, which left a PTO horsepower gap of about 40 horsepower. The 200 had 93 horsepower, and the 220 had 135 horsepower. To compete against International Harvester, which had a tractor in the 115-horsepower area, it was decided by Allis-Chalmers to put a model between the 220 and the 200. This was accomplished by detuning the 220 engine down to 28 MARCH /APRIL ISSUE 050


122 horsepower and economizing the rest of the tractor. The heavy cast grill was replaced with a tin grill, and the radiator was made smaller to facilitate a narrower and lighter tin hood. By doing these and other economizing measures, they were able to retail the 210 for less money and fill the horsepower gap that existed. It kind of backfired on Allis though; farmers made agreements with dealers that if they would turn the pump up to the 220 horsepower of 135, they would buy the lesser-priced 210 and get 220 power. In effect, this reduced sales of the 220. The D21 has been sought after as a collector tractor for over 20 years. I’ve owned a number of them through our business and had no problem selling whole tractors or parts from a D21. In recent years, a collector from Washington state has had a good nose for finding D21s for collector purposes. Darryl Krause of Lynden, Washington, has not only found and bought the very first D21 made, but he was able to find and buy the very last one

made. This past August I was able to meet up with Darryl at the national Gathering of the Orange Show at Booneville, Missouri. It was a joy to see the first D21 made, serial #1001 that he brought to the show. The price of a fully restored D21 has brought as high as $30,000.00. What Darryl’s first and last 21s are worth will probably never be

realized any time soon, but as an antique machinery appraiser myself, I know the prices would be astronomical. Darryl Krause is a great guy and is deserving of the honor of owning the first and last D21s. I was 12 years old when the D21 came out. Dad and I were driving through Ellendale, Minnesota, and in front of the

Allis-Chalmers dealership on main street was parked the first D21 I had ever seen. At that time, I had put in thousands of tractor field hours on WD45 and D17 Allis tractors. When I climbed up on that monster D21 and looked down that long, wide hood, I said to myself, “Nothing can ever be bigger and better than this.”

Darryl (on left), of Lynden, Washington, and author Larry Swenson of Easton, Minnesota, at the Gathering of the Orange, national Allis-Chalmers collector show, held in Boonville, Missouri, in September 2016, standing by Darryl’s 1963 Allis-Chalmers D21, Serial #1.



The Legendary BIG BUD’s Field Artillery

b y Sher r y Schaef er


y 197 0 , t h e a v e r a g e t r a c t o r s i z e i n t h e M i d w e s t w a s 10 0 h o r s e p o w e r. W h i l e most manufacturers were focused on mass production of tractors of that s i z e , a n o t h e r c o mp a n y w a s t h i n k i n g b i g g e r, M U CH b i g g e r. B e f o r e t h e end of that decade, they were building the largest farm tractor in t h e w o r l d . T h a t t r a c t o r, w h i c h w a s designed and built in a 1-year time period, has attracted attention from all corners of the world and w i l l b e c e l e b r a t i n g i t’s 4 0 t h b i r t h d ay l a t e r t h i s y e a r.



The men who built the legend with designer, Keith Richardson, on the left.

Truth be told, we have John Deere to thank for the Big Bud line. Wilbur Hensler operated the largest Wagner dealership in the country. When John Deere struck a deal in 1968 with Wagner for them to build tractors while Deere held the exclusive rights to the model, Hensler was left without a tractor to sell. Along with his mechanic, Bud Nelson, they decided to build their own tractors under the newly formed company, Northern Manufacturing Company. The name of the tractors –




Ron Harmon, whose father sold Hensler the property to build his original Wagner dealership on, was approached in 1974 about acquiring Northern Manufacturing. An enterprising young man, Harmon became official owner on January 1, 1975. Production was full steam ahead for the Big Bud line. With the entry of Harmon came the introduction of the Series II models along with the KT-450 powered with an 1150 turbocharged Cummins. Keith Richardson was a selftaught engineer and local pilot at the Havre airport, gifted with mechanical aptitude and the ability to design. Harmon, along with Bud Nelson, needed a ride to a farm show, and when their usual pilot was unavailable, they hitched a ride with Richardson. Richardson went to work for Northern Manufacturing and soon became the chief designer of the new tractor models. On the east coast, the Rossi Brothers were busy farming 10,000 acres of cotton, along with other crops. By ripping the soil prior to planting, the Rossi’s could enjoy a 10-15% increase in yield. However, using D9 Cats, they could only cover 1/5 of their ground each year. They began to look for a way to rip all of their ground every year within a 45-60 day window. They needed a machine that could inflict mass destruction on the hard-pan soil. The Rossi Brothers already owned a couple 525 Big Buds 32 MARCH /APRIL ISSUE 050



for other operations, but they wanted something that could cover more ground and do multiple operations. They needed field artillery. After discussing the situation with Harmon, they felt that such a machine could indeed be built. If all the ground could be covered in the limited time span, the $300,000 cost of the tractor would be paid for in increased yield within a couple years. Things were booming at Northern Manufacturing in Havre. The Series III tractors were already in the planning stages, and they had outgrown their original manufacturing facility. Harmon knew that if they were going to build this new machine for the Rossi Brothers, it wouldn’t even fit out the door. So expansion started with a new 30,000 square foot manufacturing facility that had to be completed before construction of the new tractor could even be started. So how does one go about building a tractor that dwarfs those in comparison? A tractor of this size had never been built and brought its own unique challenges. But Harmon had his own philosophy about how a tractor should be built, and that still carries through in his work today. “One-hundred pounds per horsepower.” Eighty pounds is too little, and 120 pounds is too much. While other manufacturers build the tractor then worry about adding weight,

Harmon builds the weight into the tractor is a first step. All of the components used on the Big Bud tractors were proven components. Each piece of the driveline, from the engine to the rear end, were regularly used in other applications, making it easy to find parts for and easy to work on. Harmon also believed you should never box yourself into a corner by getting all of your components from the same company. If anything happened to that company or if they decided another company was a bigger customer, there you sat. Which is ironically what happened to Northern Manufacturing a few years after the 747 was built. When the 747 was on Richardson’s drawing board, there was not an ag tire built that was big enough or could handle the weight of the massive machine. United Tire in Canada specialized in logging and industrial tires. They were able to build a set of tires by fitting their molds with 35” rims and even cast the name BIG BUD into the tires. The transmission originally picked for the 747 was a Twin Disc 2603 6-speed transmission that came out of a 350 Payhauler dump truck.

Industrial transmissions had a larger gap between gears. While Richardson wanted ½ MPH between gears, he was stuck with 1 MPH for a while. The Detroit 16V-92 engine was chosen because it fit the horsepower range from 7001000+. It was also important to

have an engine that would provide the most direct alignment with the gearbox. The oil pan on this model gave it the clearance needed to work with this design. With a good Detroit dealer just down the road, they knew they had reliable support to work with too.

Axles presented another challenge. While there were plenty of axles that were heavy enough for industrial applications, the ag application typically required dual wheels. The addition of another set of

tires on the outer axle changed the pressure on the wheel bearings, often causing failures that were not seen in industrial applications. The axle finally used in the 747 was the Clark 85840.





- Height to top of cab: 14’ - Heighth of tires 8’ - Width with duals: 20’ 10” - Width of each tire: 40” - Length of frame: 27’ - Bare weight: 95,000 lbs. - Filling it up adds 7,000 lbs. - Ballasted weight: 130,000 lbs. - Fuel tank: 1,000 gal. - Hyd. Oil tank: 150 gal.


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Once the weight of the components was realized, the frame was designed so that the tractor met up with the 100-lb per hp rule. While Richardson designed the frame, Great Northern Iron Works was contracted to build it. The 1,000-gallon fuel tanks were built into the frame and delivered to the Big Bud plant. While all other models were rolled down an assembly line to different departments during production, the 747 was too big to move. It sat in one place while it was being built. According to Harmon, the fabrication of the 747 was trial and error. They put themselves out on a limb trying to figure it out while

building something bigger than anything else. Keeping up with the advancement of hydraulics, they started using load sensors in the hydraulic system. Wiring with more electronics onboard seemed to present its own challenges. But finding the proper gear ratio and overcoming the axle bearing situation were the two biggest challenges they faced. Harmon still gives a lot of credit to designer, Keith Richardson. “Everything Keith built worked.” Actual construction of the 747 started in July of 1977. It was finally completed in late December of that same year. It rolled out the door in January 1978 where its next appearance

would be in California. With intentions of this being a production model, the tractor was to be on display in February at the Tulare Farm Show in the Detroit Diesel booth. As I sat in the office of Ron Harmon this January, Keith told the story of the trip to Tulare from the Rossi farm. Riding along with him was Big Bud salesman, Burl Rummens, who was quite a character and thought everything was funny. He said, “How fast can this thing go?” Keith said they were cruising along in their 100,000-pound tractor at around 36 MPH when, “Kapow!” The saddle bearing on the driveline exploded due to the high speed. They stopped and removed the driveline to the

rear and drove to the show on the front axle. Thirty-nine years later and Ron said, “I’ve never heard this story.” To which Keith replied, “I figured the statute of limitations has run out, so it was OK to talk about it now.” Once the show was over, it was time for the 747 to prove its worth. The job formerly done with D9 Cats was about to become child’s play. The hardpan soil had to be ripped to 36” deep in order to loosen it up for planting and plant growth. While the D9 would pull a five-shank ripper at 1 MPH, the 747 would shatter the ground pulling 15 shanks at 5.5 MPH. The ground would literally shake when the 747 was in the field. Once the California hard-pan soil was worked, it became a powder. How many tractors does it take to pull a 747 out of a hole?



Harmon remembered one of the first calls he received from the Rossi Brothers when they started working the land. “The shanks are melting, and the shovels are curling over!” The 747 was pulling so fast and the soil was so hard that the friction was literally melting the iron. So tungsten tips and shin guards had to be installed to remedy this never-seen-before problem. The original 2306 transmission was not Richardson’s first choice, but at the time, it was all that was available. It was later replaced by a 2609 transmission, which provided closer gear splits. This swap was done “in the field” in California, and the original 2306 transmission today is used at the Montana State University in the Ag Technology Center for student training. Ripping was not the only job for the 747. A Wil-Rich doubleframed 60’ cultivator followed by a drag helped combine multiple operations into one. All-in-all, the 747 replaced five D9s. It was a tractor that changed the way the Rossi Brothers farmed. It was just the right speed for them – FAST. The 747 worked for 11 years in California with around 8,000 working hours. When the next Rossi generation showed no interest in farming, the operation was split up, and the tractor needed a new home. In Florida, Jim Sartori was clearing and developing a large tract of land for farming. The 747 went to work pulling two 24’ discs with 50” blades. Sartori had put another 2,000 hours on the machine before it worked itself out of a job. Having been from coastto-coast, the 747 was about to complete the round trip home to Montana. Randy and Robert Williams, longtime friends of Harmon, had actually watched MARCH /APRIL 2017 ISSUE 050


the 747 being built in 1977. They purchased the tractor in 1997, sight unseen from Sartori, and brought it back home to Montana. An extensive refurbishment took place to make the 747 better than new. But the 747 was not brought back to life to be a trailer queen. The hunk of horsepower (turned up to 1,000+ hp) went right to work pulling an 80’ Flexi-coil cultivator. Covering an acre a minute, the tractor could work as much as 800 acres a day. By 2007, with nearly 13,000 hours on the tractor, the tires were



starting to show wear. Tires that were once $40,000 would now cost as much as the tractor when it was purchased new. The change in farming techniques and the looming expense of having new tires built were decisive factors in the retirement of the 747. While the 747 was a model that transitioned the Big Bud line into the Series III models, no other 747s were built. With its massive size and cost, it took a special application to make that investment, and at the time, the farm economy was entering

dark days. As with all Big Bud models, they never die. According to Harmon, “We make the frame self-supporting so the rest of the tractor is infinitely rebuildable.” “The frames of the Big Bud tractors are built to fit the horsepower. By doing this, the weight is built into the tractor, and the tractor cannot slip in the fields. This is what separates the men from the boys. While other manufacturers build the tractor then worry about the weight, we build the weight and put the tractor in it.”

Today, Harmon estimates that 90% of the 500+ Big Buds built are still in use. Part of their current business is bringing models in to be refurbished with updated systems or modifications. As I was there in Havre at Big Equipment to work on this story, I watched a 650/50 Big Bud transformed into a 950. Repowered with a 3508 Cat and with other modifications, the tractor was on

its way back to Texas as a new tractor to do the same work that the 747 performed. The 1975-model tractor was going to do a job that a brand new tractor can’t do, but an infinitely rebuildable Big Bud can. Today, the 747 is a legend on tour around the Midwest. While still owned by the Williams Brothers of Big Sandy, MT, they decided that sharing the world’s largest tractor would be better than having it set in a dark shed.

Since its appearance at the Half Century of Progress Show in 2009, the 747 has traveled around to various events/ museums in the Midwest. Currently, the tractor is on display in Clarion, Iowa, at the Heartland Museum where it can be seen by appointment only until museum hours are extended after Memorial Day.



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John Deere PLANTERS b y Jim Gay


ohn De e r e pla n t e r h is t or y ca n b e t r a c e d ba ck t o t h os e pr o d u ce d b e f or e 1900 b y De e r e a nd Ma n s u r, in w hich D ee r e ha d on l y a m in o r i t y in v es t m e n t . Fir s t t h e r e w a s t he No. 9 p l a nt er, a nd t he n ca m e t h e 9 9 9 intr o d u ce d in 1913 wi t h check r o w. T h is pl a n t e r w a s s till in p r od u ct i o n i n 194 5 , a nd i t c o ul d pla n t c or n , b e ans, pea s , s o r gh u m, b ee ts, a nd s h e lle d p e anu t s pl u s o t h e r se e ds. Ne xt in t h e p r ogr e ssi o n, b y 19 5 0 , c ame t he 2- r o w 2 9 0 a nd 4 - r o w 4 9 0 wh i ch c ou l d a ccu r a t e l y che ck- pl a nt a t s pe e ds u p t o 5 mph . Dif f e r e n t r e v o l v i n g se e d pl a t es w e r e a v a ila b le , a n d t h e y w er e gr o u nd dr i v e n fr om bo t h w h e e ls t h r o u gh a di f f e r ent i a l . T h e pla t e s d r op p e d e i t h e r 2 , 3 , o r 4 s e e ds as select e d b y t he o per a t o r i nt o a n u ppe r qu i ck a ctin g v a l v e w h i ch r e l e a s e d t h em do wn t he pla n t e r s ha n k t o t h e l o w er v a l v e wh er e t he bunche d s e e d s w e r e t h en depo si t ed in t he open t r e n ch. T h e se pl a nt er s h a d a u t omati c check w ir e r e le a s e a t t h e end o f t h e r o w a nd a u t om a t ic ma r ker dr o p wh e n s t ar ti ng a ne w on e . In 19 6 0 , t h e 2 9 0 a c c o u n t e d f or onl y a b ou t Ÿ of D e e r e’s pl a nt er sa l es, t he r es t w e r e 4 - or 6 - r o w. H o w e v e r, t h e 290 w a s s t ill a v a ila b l e a t l ea s t t h r o u gh 1972.



290 Planter

By 1960, the 4-row 495 and the 6-row 695 were available, and they incorporated a second method of delivering the seed to the soil, the Split-Second Valves, which allowed hill-drop or drill planting speeds up to 7 mph. This system used a special chain with small flights to carry the seed down from the seed plate to the seed trench which deposited the seeds in the ground quicker than the gravity drop shanks. The Split-Second Valves could deliver five hill-drops per second. The gravity drop 494 and 694 could also be used for check row planting in addition to hill-drop and drilling. Depending on the model, row spacing could be from 28 to 40-inch. Attachments included fertilizer and herbicide tanks or hoppers plus

Gravity Drop used on 494 and 694

hoppers for insecticide and a spring tooth tillage attachment for each row. A two-planter hitch was also available for using two 4-row planters with the recommended 4010 tractor. An attachment hitch and wheels were also available for transporting the 6-row planter endwise at a width of 8 feet. An 8-row 894 planter with 30-in. spacing and drill operation was offered by 1968, and a planter hitch for two 6-row planters had been added to the line. Minimum tillage was becoming more popular, so John Deere offered different hitches to allow a chisel plow, field cultivator, or a tandem disc to be pulled between the tractor and In mid 1968, “the greatest the planter, thus savings trips news in corn planter history“ over the field. was announced for 1969 production. This was the plateless planter that used a cam and spring loaded fingerpickup arrangement to grasp one or more kernels of corn. The fingers then passed over a ramp causing all but one seed to drop off, and the remaining seed was then pushed through an opening into a cell on the seed wheel. This seed wheel rotated at the same speed as the fingers and deposited the kernel into the seed trench. The advantage of the plateless planter system was its ability to handle any size kernel of corn including sweet corn and popcorn. A separate metering system for soybeans was incorporated into the plateless design, and a simple lever diverted the seed from one system to the other. For this second system, a revolving feed-cup with flutes Split-Second took the soybeans from the Valve used on 495 and 695 hopper and deposited them one seed at a time into the seed tube. The plateless planter system was not available on the 4, 6, or 8

Hitch for Two 4-Row Planters

Plateless Metering System

Feed-Cup in Plateless System for Soybeans



94 or 95 models. It was available on the 4-row 1240 with 30 to 40 in. rows, the 1250 which could plant either four 40-in. rows or six 30-in., the 1260 for six 40-in. rows, and the 8-row 30-in. 1280. These new planters were just plateless versions of the conventional planters. Also in 1969, a new 1300 planter was introduced which featured hoppers covering multiple rows. There were only two hoppers for each fertilizer, seed, or pesticide to fill whether it was a 4-, 6-, or 8-row planter. Hopper capacities were up to 14 bu. for seed (compared to 1.2 bu. for individual hoppers) and 1000 lbs for fertilizer. A catwalk with a step was provided between the seed and the herbicide and insecticide hoppers to facilitate the filling of these components. The 1300 was available with four 40 in., six 30 in., or eight 20 in. row spacings and could be equipped with either seed plates or plateless. A very modern appearance was achieved on the 1300 with the long hoppers and their yellow lids. For 1972, the 1200 series of plateless planters was expanded to include the 1290 planter for eight 36 to 40 in. rows. The series 1400 planters featured Zero-Till machines in 2- and 4-row mounted or 4- and 6-row pull type. These had increased ballast and down force springs for soil penetration and either 2 ½ in. wide fluted or 1-in. wide rippled coulters ahead of the seed openers. Two different plant monitors were also available, one that identified a row that was not planting a preset number of kernels per acre and a more sophisticated one that added a sequential readout of the number of kernels per acre being planted for each row. 44 MARCH /APRIL ISSUE 050


1240 Plateless Planter

6-Row 1300 Planter at 30-Inch Spacing

John Deere further improved their planters with the introduction of the MaxEmerge design in 1975. This provided dual-gauge wheels located at the point where the seed was deposited in a narrow

vee-shaped trench formed by the Tru-Vee opener located between the gauge wheels. The seed fell to the bottom of the trench putting it in close contact with firm soil. Narrow angled wheels then firmly closed the sidewalls

MaxEmerge Planter

12-Row 7100 Integral Planter with Fold-up Wings

of the vee trench around the seed, leaving loose soil directly above the seed. The end result was the optimum contact between the seed and soil, leading to excellent germination. Either plateless or plate type metering systems could be used with the Max-Emerge planters. By 1980, a nylon brush had been added to the fingerpickup section to help minimize doubles, and the seed wheel had been replaced by a conveyor belt with fingers for a more accurate placement of the seed in the delivery tube. To switch from corn to soybeans, the finger-pickup section now had to be removed and replaced with the bean feedcup, so both seeds used the same delivery to the vee-shaped trench. The model 7000 pull type planter with these planting units was available with 4, 6, and 8 wide rows or 4, 6, 8, and 12 narrow 30in. rows. Seed hopper capacity had been bumped up to 1.6 bushel for the 7000 series.

Model 7100 planters were three-point hitch mounted with one or two castor-type lift assist wheels depending on the number of rows. These were available as 4, 6, or 8 wide rows and 6, 8, or 12 narrow 30-in. rows. The outer three rows on each side of the 12-row planter folded up for transport, which required those hoppers to be emptied. Although this article primarily covers only corn and soybean planters, there was also a 7100 planter with 6 or 12 rows at 22 in. spacing for planting sugar beets. Two additional monitors had been added, a dual rate version and the Monitrol, which provided the ability to change seed rates on-the-go from the tractor seat. Single point Quik-Fill fertilizer attachments for both liquid and dry were available. For dry, this consisted of an auger running over the top of the fertilizer hoppers which held 550 lbs for every two rows. Therefore, a 12-row

planter could carry 3,300 lbs. of dry fertilizer or six 70-gal. tanks for the liquid version. For transporting rigid frame planters endwise, trailers that lowered to the ground for loading were available in two sizes, 8 ft. wide by 28 ft. long and 9 ft. x 32 ft. According to volume 2 of John Deere Tractors and Equipment by Don Macmillan and Roy Harrington, 20,721 of the 7000 and 7100 planters were sold in 1979. If the average planter size was six rows, there were over 124,000 Max-Emerge units sold that year! No article on John Deere planters would be complete without a mention of the disagreement between Deere and Kinze Manufacturing, Inc. Like most controversies, there were two sides to this story also. As mentioned earlier, when the planters continued to add rows, special time-consuming procedures were required to get them ready for transport

on the road. Either hoppers had to be emptied so wings could be raised or the planters had to be transported endwise either on a trailer or by adding a hitch and wheels. In 1975, Kinze Manufacturing solved this problem with a toolbar having wings that quickly folded to the rear. However, the toolbar still needed planter units to be a complete machine for the farmer. Most customers wanted the John Deere Max- Emerge units, so Kinze began acquiring those to mount on their toolbars. This arrangement had the ingredients for a potential conflict, but it continued until 1979 when John Deere introduced their own 7000 planter with a telescoping hitch and a front folding toolbar for transport. Then the question undoubtedly arose at Deere, “Why are we allowing a competitor to obtain 1,000s of the Max-Emerge units, which is the heart of our planter line?� So MARCH /APRIL 2017 ISSUE 050


7000 Front Folding Planter

they stopped doing it. However, since the Kinze toolbar was of little value without the planter units, now the heart of Kinze’s business was in jeopardy. At that point, there was no longer time for Kinze to develop their own planter units, which they eventually did, so they took the only option left, which was to copy the John Deere design. Deere had spent a lot of time and money to develop the MaxEmerge unit and believed the design was protected by several patents. So the inevitable patent infringement lawsuit followed, but the initial trial and the subsequent appeals resulted in the courts declaring the patents to be invalid. By copying the Deere design, Kinze obtained valuable experience in having small intricate and non-metallic parts made. However, since John Deere owned the tooling for those parts, Kinze’s “lessons” also had a substantial cost because 46 MARCH /APRIL ISSUE 050


Split-Row Soybean Planter for 15-Inch Rows

they had to buy their own tooling to have the parts made. Deere’s 1979 folding toolbar accommodated twelve 36 to 38in. rows or sixteen rows at 30-in. spacing and could be folded to a 15-ft. transport width. When transported, the 16-row planter had 6 rows across the rear with 5 rows on each folding wing. At least a 160 hp tractor was recommended for pulling the

16-row machine, which resulted in a power requirement of about 10 hp per row. A new “Soybean Special” MaxEmerge planter for 20 in. rows was introduced for 1981. It was available in 8, 10, and 12 rows, and featured 3-bu. seed hoppers. Also, the front fold planter line now included 18 narrow 30in. rows plus an 8 wide-row and a 12 narrow-row.

To obtain even more narrow rows for planting soybeans, Deere produced a Split-Row attachment for 1984. This consisted of 5- or 7-row “Soybean Special” units which attached to the rear of a six or eight 30 in. row planter to split the rows into 15-in. spacing. A single lift assist wheel was included with this attachment. The front folding planter line

MaxEmerge 2 Vacuum Seed Meter

was expanded to include a 24-row at 30-in. spacing. Also available, a 12 narrow-row unit that used the same 530 front folding hitch as used for two 515 drills, which resulted in six rows being folded forward on each side. Three new ComputerTrak monitors were also available. Model 100 indicated when a row was not delivering a preset seeding rate for up to 12 rows. With the models 200 and 300, maximum and minimum rates were set, and actual rates being planted in each row could be monitored. They also provided travel speed and acres planted information. The 200 had one readout screen and could be used for up to 16 rows, while the 300 had two screens and could handle up to 24 rows. Deere introduced the MaxEmerge 2 planter for 1986 at first on the new 7200 eight wide and 12 narrow Flex-Fold folding toolbars. This metering

system used a hydraulically driven vacuum pump to hold the individual seeds in a rotating seed plate for each row until the seed was directly above the seed tube. Then the vacuum was shut off, releasing the seed. More than 25 different seed plates were available to match the crop being planted. The vacuum method became the third metering system, with the plateless and plate types still available. Comparison tests conducted by John Deere between the Max-Emerge and MaxEmerge2 illustrated the new system’s significant improvement in precision seed spacing. While the MaxEmerge 2 initially had a modest 8% improvement with corn, it was 21% better than the feed-cup system for soybeans. Improvements of 26% for cotton and 48% for sorghum were also recorded. The Flex-Folds were hinged at the center to allow one wing to flex 20 degrees up or 30 degrees down (later changed

to 20 degrees down) relative to the other wing. This feature, combined with the vertical flexibility of the individual planter units, provided accurate planting in uneven terrain. There also was a separate transmission for each wing which allowed one side to be shut-off when planting point rows or when finishing a field. Both the 24-row narrow and the 12-row wide planters were removed from the front fold line by 1988. The mounted or integral planters became the model 7300, and it was available in 4-, 6-, and 8-row wide or 6 and 8 narrow rows. A 7340 planter provided 11 or 15 rows of soybeans at 15-in. spacing. This machine had extra long parallel arms on every other row, allowing those rows to set back seven inches for good soil and trash flow. The

Split-Row attachment was also still available. Eight wide and 12 narrow Wing Fold planters were produced and these had the outer 2 and 3 rows that folded forward 180 degrees for transport. A 3-bu. seed hopper became an option to the standard 1.6 bu. for all metering systems except the plate type. We have now come to the end of the Muscle Tractor Era, but obviously the development of John Deere planters has continued. The 24-row narrow and the 12-row wide front fold machines had returned to the product line-up by 1994. Units that planted corn in 20-in. rows, planting speeds of 10 mph, and widths of 36 rows at 30 in. and 48 rows at 20 in. have all been attained. And the advancements in planter technology will continue. MARCH /APRIL 2017 ISSUE 050


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My goal with this article about the Farmhand F-600, as well as the previous article that I wrote on Field Queen Incorporated (issue #41), is to show that the major manufacturers were not the leaders in the early days of self-propelled harvesters. It was the smaller, specialized companies that pioneered the innovations that we take for granted today. In the late ‘60s and early ‘70s while the big companies were building tractors and combines by the thousands, these smaller manufacturers were quietly building these highly specialized harvesters in much smaller numbers, often one at a time. By the time the major manufacturers introduced their own self-propelled forage harvesters, these little mom-and-pop machine shops had been building heavy-duty equipment of this type for over 25 years. With the vanishing farm equipment market of the late ‘70s and early ‘80s, many of these shops were bought out or closed down completely. The development of the Farmhand F-600 and its predecessors was born out of need in the post-World War II years. The need arose from the cattle feeding industry on the Great Plains who were supplying finished cattle to the large meat-packing houses of the United States. These cattle feedlots needed to have a tremendous amount of feed to fill their trenches, and corn silage was a vital component to the rations that were mixed and fed to the young feeders. Often, the farmer planted his own acreage that was used to supply feed to

his own small feedlot where he sold his cattle to the packing houses. The larger industrial feedlot operations, however, contracted with local growers in order for them to supply crops to these industry giants in order to get the total amount of feed that was needed. In both cases, crews were needed who provided their own equipment and trucks to cut the standing crop in the field and transport it to the feedlots for storage. Now we enter the “custom-cutter” into the story. These custom-cutting crews moved from farm to farm all over the Midwest as the crops matured and used their equipment to do silo filling in a fast, efficient method that the average farmer did not have the proper equipment for. Also, the industrial sized feedlot operators contracted so much feed that custom-cutting crews were the only option available to them. The harvesting equipment would not only be run hard but would rack up long hours with 24-hour a day operation, so breakdowns had to be kept to a minimum. It was very clear that the average pull-type field chopper would not produce the capacity required, nor would the machine itself last very long in that type of atmosphere. The idea of starting a custom harvesting business was heavy on the mind of Jacob Plett as he assisted in the machine shop owned by his brother George in Inman, Kansas, in 1950. Brother George grew up tinkering in his father’s blacksmith shop on the

The George Plett Machine Shop at Inman, Kansas

farm, and by 1945, he solidified his reputation as a fine mechanic when he opened his own shop in downtown Inman. His letterhead read “Plett Machine and Welding Co.,” and his early products were centered on handling grain. Farmers wanted their pull-type Baldwin Gleaner combines converted into self-propelled machines, and he was happy to do so, as well as build forage blowers and grain trap doors for the Fruehauf Trailer Co. With the demand growing for custom-cutters to supply the silage for the feedlots, “Jake” began to think that this was a business that would hold promise in the coming years as the size of cattle feeding operations continued to grow. Jake took this idea to his brother George, and in 1950, the two of them teamed up to build their own experimental harvester and begin their own custom silage harvesting business.

George and Jake began building the frame with the large drive tires in the front and the smaller steering tires in the rear. A gasoline engine provided the power and was mounted at the left hand side of the frame. The operator’s platform was an open station and sat on the right-hand side, beside the engine. A high profile 2-row head with multiple gathering chains was mounted out front, and after the standing corn was cut, it was dropped on an apron chain that fed the crop back to the knives. As for the method of cutting the crop, a flywheeltype chopper was used and blower paddles were bolted behind the knives to convey the crop upwards and out of the spout. Over the next two years, George and Jake worked to develop the experimental machine into a fairly successful forage harvester, although it did take much trial and error. One significant change that was

The first forage harvester built by George and Jake Plett

made at some point was that the wheelbase was changed with the large drive tires at the rear and small steering axle up front to allow the harvester to handle like a tractor. Another two years of research and development by the Plett Brothers passed, and by that time they had a product that not only functioned well but one that other area harvesting crews were beginning to take notice to. George and Jake were contacted by the Krause Plow Company of nearby Hutchinson, Kansas, to discuss the possibility of Krause manufacturing and marketing the selfpropelled forage

harvester as their own. The Krause Company had already established itself as a maker of fine plows and tillage tools that were marketed to the Midwest farmer. This seemed like a good arrangement for the Plett Brothers, so an agreement was drawn up for Krause to produce and sell the harvesters, and the machine became known as the Krause Forager. The Krause Forager was advertised in 1955 as being capable of cutting up to 40 tons per hour in standing corn and 5 to 7 acres per hour with a 7-foot mower bar head that was equipped to cut alfalfa and other green legumes. A 54-inch wide pick-up head was also made available to harvest windrowed crops at 3 to 6 acres per hour. The Forager was very heavy built for high performance and used industrial grade



Chopping corn with the high-profile 3-row head

components across the whole drive train for minimal maintenance. At this time, an option was also made available for a diesel engine, although the preferred make is not known. The Krause Forager proved to be a big hit with the custom-cutters in the Central Kansas region, and as a result, over 300 machines would be manufactured during the production runs. For whatever reason, Krause then discontinued the Forager, and the machine was then given back to George and Jake Plett to continue on with the project as they wished. By this time, Abe Plett had joined his two brothers at the business, and the three of them continued to improve upon the machine in any way that they could as new components and methods became available. By the mid-1960s, the Plett forage harvester could cut 1200 tons of silage per day, and the three brothers manufactured approximately 30 harvesters that were sold to custom-cutting crews around the Inman, Kansas, community. The machine had gone through several upgrades, and it was now equipped with a hydrostatic transmission for the ground drive and 6V-71 General Motors diesel engines. Each harvester 52 MARCH /APRIL ISSUE 050


was hand assembled one at a time by the three brothers in their machine shop, and they also continued to operate the custom harvesting business. Around this same time, Farmhand Incorporated of Hopkins, Minnesota, was developing a reputation for fine farm equipment, manufacturing such items as hay stacking loaders, spreaders, wagons, grinder/mixers, blowers, and tub-grinders. In 1966, the Hutchinson News ran an article featuring the Plett brothers and their industrial-duty harvesting machines, and the newspaper write-up landed itself in the hands of management at Farmhand. Farmhand was at this time looking to produce a forage harvester, and the Plett machines were already a proven success. In the Fall of 1966, once again the Plett brothers signed off on the production rights to their forage harvester, and Farmhand agreed to compensate them on a royalty-basis. The new harvester was to be built at Farmhand’s Grinnell, Iowa, plant, and the machine was to be known by its model designation as the F-600. It seems as though there were not many changes made between the later choppers produced by the Pletts and the first machines that rolled off the assembly line at Farmhand.

The Farmhand F-600 was powered by a Detroit Diesel 8V-53N, which was a 2-cycle V-8 engine configuration that produced 247 HP at 2500 RPM. A Sundstrand Hydrostatic pump that was driven at the rear of the engine produced the hydraulic power for the 2-speed transmission of the Rockwell Transaxle. As a result, the ground drive for this husky harvester featured full hydrostatic control from forward to reverse through the two torque ranges of the transmission. Normal field operating speeds of 0-8 MPH were achieved in LOW gear, while speeds of 0-23 MPH were provided for road transporting in HIGH gear. The harvester’s drawbar was rated at 6,500 LBS for pulling wagons or high-dump trailers to catch the chopped forage. Large 16.9/14 x 26 drive tires helped power the machine through mud that otherwise might be the end of the day for the other harvesters on the market at the time. The smaller front steering axle featured 9.5L x 15 tires for precision guidance of the 80 ½-inch wheelbase of the F-600 and could cut the turning radius to only 10 feet with the assistance of the brakes. The total operating weight for the harvester rang in at about

12,000 pounds, which was ½ to 1 ½ tons heavier than other production self-propelled forage harvesters of the day. Now let’s move on to the business end of the F-600. Once the crop was cut at the head, it was dropped onto a chain-andslat apron to be fed back to the flywheel cutter. A smaller apron chain with heavy teeth cut into the slats was mounted on top to help push the crop back to the knives, and the total opening of the throat at the shearbar was measured at 18 inches. The feeder clutch featured forward, neutral, and reverse positions in order to clear any crop blockages that might occur, and the entire feeding system was protected by shear-pin drives. The desired length of cut could be changed at any time simply by replacing a single sprocket that was available in three different sizes. This sprocket regulated the speed at which the material was fed into the flywheel chopper. A 60-tooth sprocket produced the 3/8-inch cut, a 45-tooth sprocket produced the ½-inch cut, and the ¾-inch cut was obtained by using the 35-tooth sprocket. At the heart of the F-600 was its huge flywheel-type cutter. The flywheel itself was 1-inch thick steel of 48 inches in diameter, and the six knives that

The first of the industrial-strength harvesters

Direct-cut head built for Dehydrator operators

were mounted to it were ½ inch thick. These tungsten carbidecoated knives were held in place by 1-inch hardened bolts, and each new machine produced was furnished with an extra set of knives free of charge. After the knives cut the crop at the shearbar, three blower paddles propelled the crop up out of the flywheel and into the waiting truck or wagon. The Plett harvesters were already being equipped with operator cabs by the time Farmhand came along, and this feature carried over right from the start of production. The air-conditioning unit was a standard feature, as well as dome lights, field lights, taillights, and an electric horn. Power steering, spout, and header lift controls were provided by the CharLynn hydraulic pump, and all hydraulic controls were in the form of levers on the sides of the steering column. Tinted safety glass dimmed the hot summer sun, with all of this creating a cab atmosphere that was no doubt very comfortable for the long-hour operators. Available corn heads included 2- and 3-row and featured three gathering chains on each row. An 82-inch pickup head was built for harvesting windrowed crops, and a 14-foot direct-cut head

was all hydraulically driven by its own self-contained triple pump system. These heads were all built very rugged and assembled with industrial-duty components. When the production run began for the Farmhand F-600 in 1966, there was really not any competition in the marketplace for self-propelled forage harvesters. Fox River Tractor Co. had been producing a self-propelled forage harvester during this same time, although it was not really considered an industrial machine and was mainly marketed to mid-size and larger dairy farmers. Though slow in coming, the major manufacturers would eventually catch up in the 1970s as market demand increased. The F-600’s most fierce competitor was Field Queen Incorporated of Maize, Kansas. Field Queen introduced their large industrial-duty forage harvesters to feedlot operators in 1970. Farmhand and Field Queen would enjoy a friendly rivalry at the field demonstrations that were held at equipment trade shows throughout the early 1970s. The F-600 production run was ended in 1975, most likely due to a tight marketplace that was a result of the low beef prices, high fuel prices, and

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growing competition among the manufacturers. After the last machines were assembled by Farmhand, history repeated itself yet again, and the harvester was returned home to Inman in the hands of Jake and George Plett. Many of the operators who ran the F-600 machines remained loyal to their harvesters long after production ended, and this prompted George and Jake to build a few more units for local customcutters in the late 1970s. For years after the brothers built their last machines, Jake continued to operate a custom silage cutting business with his own hand-made choppers, and George was still producing parts in his machine shop for Plett and Farmhand harvesters that were still in use in 1987 when

the last of my research references was published. The custom-cutter and contract farmers today still require machines with industrial output, and the major manufacturers now lead the way with harvesters that are engineered using past principles and innovations that were pioneered with the Plett Brothers and Farmhand F-600 forage harvesters. (Author wishes to thank Roger Ringer, Kansas Historian for sourcing reference material. Sherry Schaefer and Jim Esbenshade provided the photos of Jim’s F-600 harvester in action at the 2016 Golden Harvest Days.) MARCH /APRIL 2017 ISSUE 050





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S55/550 (33”) . . . . . . . .(neg .$21.50 770-880 Steel 1600-2255 Gauges ground) HEAD . GRILLES . . . . . .$89/set ofand 4 NUTS FOR STEERINGCluster Gauge (specify pos or neg ground) . . . $67.50 SQUARE BOLTS IGNITION Measure the length of your bolt before ordering, WHEEL CAPS AD BOLTS and NUTS FOR . . . . . . . . . . . .$4 Speedometers .$315 .. ... .. ..ground) . . . . . . .STEERING . . .$67.50 . . . $130 BOLTING REAR . .RIM CAST each CENTER Cluster Gauge. CENTER S66/660 (43”) . . . . . . . . .$26.25 COLUMN BOOTS / GROMMETS S55-550-1600-1800.$195 Tachometers . (specify . . . ... ..... ... .. .pos . .. ... ..or . .. ...neg . .. $130 1/2-13 31/2" Square . . .TO . $2.00 MADE Fuel Sending Units . .IN. .THE . . Head .USA . . . .$67.50 .Bolt . . . . .. .. . . . .. .. . . $42.50 (specify pos orXneg ground) .RIM Steel Hub Cap W/Screw . . . . . . . . . .. ....... .. .. .. .. .. ..... .. .. .. .. .$15.50 other lengths avail. Cluster AND LIGHT S55-550-1600-1800. . . . . . . . . . . . .$4 Speedometers . . . . . . . . . . . $130 AlsoGauge used for Speedometer BOLTING REAR 1/2-13TO X 31/2"CAST Square HeadCENTER Bolt . . . . . . . . . . . . $2.00 eachTachometers 00-50 Series . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $19.50 STEERING COLUMN BOOTS / GROMMETS . . . . . . . . . and . . . .speedometers . . . . . . . . . . . . for . . .most . . $130 1/2-13 Extra Thick Nut (7/8" outside) . . . . . . . . . $.75 each 66-S66-660-77-S77 550-880, 00/50 series Oil Sending Units . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $14.50 We carry tachometers of the 00-50 Series . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $19.50 AR RIM TO CAST CENTER cable for 2wd. tractors STEERING COLUMN GROMMETS Tachometers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$180/pair . . . . . . . . . .1/2-13 . $130 Extra Thick Nut (7/8" outside) . . . . . . . . . $.75 each We carryBOOTS tachometers and/speedometers for most of the HARNESSES (White or Black, P/S or Manual Steering) . . . . . . . . . . . . $25 55 Series . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .GRILLE $47.50SCREENS


Speedometers . . . . . . . . . $130 55 Series . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $47.50 S55-550-1600-1800. . . . . . . . . . . . .$4 .Head . Bolt . . ... ... ... .... ... ... ...$18.50 S77-1950T (60”) . . . . . . Temp 1/2-13 Square .. .. .of. ..your ..$2.00 each Oliver Tractors Oliver Tractors. . . . . . . . . . . . . .. .. .. .. .. ....$4 STEERING X. 2. Units $2.00 Speedometers . . . . ..$25.75 . 1/2-13 . . .Sending . .X.Measure .31/2" .1/4” . .88-S88-S99 .the ..Wheel .. ..length .... .. .. Stud . ..of... your $130 MADE IN THE USA We HEADLIGHT have Engine and ‘55each Series . . . . . WHEELS .S55-550-1600-1800. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. ... .. ... .$25 Measure the length bolt before ordering, PARTS00-50 Series . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $19.50 re Head BoltTACHOMETER/SPEEDOMETER . . . . . . . . . . . . $2.00 each CABLES Also used for Speedometer bolt Units . . . . . . . and . . . . . .speedometers . . . . . . . . . . $42.50 for most of theLight Harnesses availKeyed . . . . . .We . . . carry .Fuel . . . Sending $60 1/2-13 Extra Thick Nut (7/8" outside) . . before . other . . .lengths . ordering, . . $.75 avail.15”each (treads into rear cast wheel) tachometers . . . . . . . . . $90 00-50 Series . . . . . . . . . . . $19.50 cable for 4wd tractors $225/pair FRONT NOSE MEDALLION Fuel Sending Units . . . . . . . . . Oil Sending Units. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $14.50. . . . . . . . . $42.50ALSO AVAILABLE 55 Series . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1550-1600-1650-1655 Nut (7/8" outside) . . . . . . . . . $.75 each(33”) . .We other lengths avail. carry tachometers and speedometers for most of the . $47.50 17” Keyed . . . . . . . . . . $52.50 S55/550 . . . 950 . . . (76”) .$21.50 able for most of the GAUGES . . . . . . . . . . . . .$31.50 1750-2255 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $92.50 GRILLES Most Standard Tractors and 00 & 50 Series Tractors550-990 FrontOliver OvalSeries Tractors Temp Sending ...CENTER ... .. . ..Front ... ..CAPS . .. . $47.50 S55 ITEM 55 . . Units .Units . . Super ........... .. ... 55 rings, STEERING WHEEL Sending . ..$18.50 .Nose . . . . . . . . . . . $14.50 Oliver(trim Tractors fromrefl the ectors, lenses, 17” Splined . . . . .NEW . .Oil . . $52.50 S66/660 (43”) . .Oliver . . . . . .Tractors .$26.25 TACHOMETER/SPEEDOMETER CABLES Yellow Gauges . . . . .$72.50/set (import) Measure the length of your bolt before ordering, $125 MADE INFaced THEOliver USA $195/pair 60-70’s the 2255’s. Steel Hub W/Screw . . . . Units . . . Units . . ... .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ....... .. .. .$15.50 lensthru gaskets, light connectors) Medallion $110.00 length of your bolt before ordering, AlsoHEADLIGHTS . . . Cap . . . .Fuel . .Temp . . .Sending . . $60 Sending . . . . . . . . . .$42.50 . $18.50 used for Speedometer/ HEADLIGHT BRACKETother lengths $155/set . .Series .Red . . . . or . .$21.50 avail.(USA) S55/550 (33”)50550-880, Black Lettered   GRILLES STEERING Call WHEEL CENTER CAPS IGNITION Fuel Sending Units . . 66-S66-660-77-S77 .TACHOMETER/SPEEDOMETER .1600-2255 . . . . . . . .Gauges . 770-880 . . . .(neg . Steel . . . . . $42.50 66-S66-660-77-S77 Nose . . .00/50 . . . .Oil . .series .Sending . . . MADE . $60INUnits S66/660 (43”)55. .Series . . . . . . .$26.25 4  CABLES for price other lengths avail.SQUARE HEAD THE USA. . . . . . Front cable for 2wdand tractors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $14.50 Steel Hub Cap W/Screw . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $15.50 $195 ground) . . . . . . .$89/set ofAlso BOLTS NUTS FOR used for(White Speedometer or Black, P/S66-S66-660-77-S77 or Manual Steering) . . . . . . . . . . . . $25 550-880, 00/50 series 55 Series Top Dash Trim . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $45 AND LIGHT Medallion $125 ground) . . . $67.50 Oil Units. . . . . .Cluster . .$180/pair . . .Gauge . . . . (specify . . . . . .pos . . .or. neg $14.50 1755-2255S77-1950T Top Dash Plastic $45.00 (60”) . . .Sending . .Trim . .$25.75 Temp .. .. .. .. .. ......... .. .. .. .. .. .$25 . . . . . . $18.50 and availability. 2wd S55/550 (33”) .$130 .S77-1950T . cable . . . .for. (60”) .$21.50 55 Series Side Rubber Strips . . . . . . . . . . .$14.75/pair ‘55tractors Series . . .COLUMN . . . . . .Sending . 55 .GRILLES . . .BOOTS . . . Units . . . Nose .We . /. ..GROMMETS BOLTING REAR RIM TOSpeedometer CAST CENTER $180/pair (White or Black, P/S or Manual Steering) . . . . . . . . . . . . $25 STEERING Tachometers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Super Front Medallion for HARNESSES stock engine . . . . . . .$25.75 Also used for 88-S88-S99 Temp Sending Units .TACHOMETER/SPEEDOMETER . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . GRILLE $18.50SCREENS CABLES 1755-2255 Side Dash Rubber Strips $14.75/pair STEERING WHEEL CENTER CAPS ‘55 Series . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $25 . . Also . . .used . . .$26.25 for Speedometer the Late 88-S88-S99 S55-550-1600-1800. . .kits . . . .hinge . . .$4 Speedometers . . .MADE . . . . .IN. .(43”) . . . .USA . . .$130 overhaul 1/2-13 X 31/2" Square HeadEngine Bolt .and . .tractors . . . . . . . . . $2.00 each S55 tractors for 4wd MADE IN THE USA. . .with THE $225/pair. . . . . . . . . . . . .S66/660 Wecable have ER/SPEEDOMETER CABLES VISIT US AT Steel Hub Cap W/Screw . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $15.50 cable for 4wd tractors $225/pair Stop 1755-2255 Steering Column Boot $47.50 00-50 Series . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $19.50 for most of the S55/550 (33”) .Speedometer ..the . . .$21.50 Also used Light Harnesses 1/2-13 Extra Thick950 Nut(76”) (7/8" .outside) . . . . $.75 each . .avail. . . . .. .. . . . . . . .$31.50 We carryS55 tachometers and speedometers for most $140 1550-1600-1650-1655 . for . .. .. .of . 950 ... .(76”) $90 Front Oval GRILLES . . . . . . . 550-990 . . . . . .$31.50 550-990 Front Oval Get-Tog STEERING WHEEL CENTER CAPS 66-S66-660-77-S77 550-880, 00/50 series 55 SeriesS55. . . . . .Oliver . . . . . .tractors. . . . . . $47.50 able for most Wheel of the S55/550 (33”) 155-2255 . . . . . . . . .$21.50 1750-2255 . . . . .(43”) .for . . . . 2wd . . .. .. ...tractors $92.50 Steering Center $25.00 S66/660 . . . . . .$26.25 Oliver Tractors cable $125 GRILLES $125 $195/pair MADE IN THE USA $195/pair Oliver Tractors frombolt the before ordering, Call for pricing. STEERING WHEEL CENTER CAPS the length of your Steel Hub or CapBlack, W/Screw . . . . . . . Steering) . . . . . . . . . .. .. .. .. .. .. . $15.50 $180/pair (White P/S or. .Manual . . . . . $25 S66/660 (43”) (push . . . Measure . . .button . . .$26.25 Red or Black Lettered   Also Speedometer (60”) . . . . . . .$25.75 style) Sending Units . . . . . . . . .S77-1950T .IGNITION . . . . . used . . . . . .for . . $42.50 60-70’s thrulengths the 2255’s. RedW/Screw or Black Lettered   other avail.MADE IN THE USA Fuel Steel Hub Cap . . . . 770-880 . . .$195 . .Steel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $15.50 770-880 Steel 66-S66-660-77-S77 550-880, 00/50 ‘55 Series . . .series . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $25 IGNITION Also used for SpeedometerCall for price Oil Sending Units. . . . . . . . . . . .AND . .Also . . .LIGHT . for .used . . .2wd . . .for $14.50 cable tractors Engine Blocks Speedometer 88-S88-S99 $195 Units . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $18.50 550-880, 00/50 series $180/pair (White or Black, P/S or Manual Steering) . . . . . . . . . . . . $25 blocks, crankshafts and cable forLIGHT 2wd tractors and availability. 66-S66-660-77-S77 Temp Sending 55 Series Top Dash Trim . . cable . . . . . . . for . .(60”) . . .4wd . . . . .. tractors ... .. .$45 S77-1950T . . .$25.75 We have used engine AND $225/pair HARNESSES We stock engine GRILLE used Steering) engine parts. TACHOMETER/SPEEDOMETER CABLES $180/pair (White or Black, P/S or other Manual . . . . SCREENS . . . . . . . . $25 55 Series Side Rubber Strips . . . . . . . . . . .$14.75/pair ‘55 Seriesoverhaul . . . . . kits . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $25 S77-1950T (60”) . . . . . . .$25.75 MADE IN THE USA We have Engine.for and Also used Speedometer 88-S88-S99 950 (76”) . . . . . . . . . . . .$31.50 550-990 Front Oval HARNESSES We stock engine S55 for most of the GRILLE SCREENS S55/550 (33”) . . . . . . . . .$21.50 . . . . . . . . . . . .. .. ... ... .. ... $90 $25 Light Harnesses avail- ‘55 Series . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1550-1600-1650-1655 GRILLES Also used for Speedometer 88-S88-S99 cable forUSA $225/pair VISITS66/660 US AT STEERING WHEEL CENTER CAPS $125 Oliver tractors. overhaul kits visit our booth at the Winter able for most of4wd the tractors Stop and MADE IN THE (43”) . . . . . . . . .$26.25 We62 have Engine and 1750-2255 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $92.50 $195/pair MADE IN THE USA /APRIL 2017 Tractors. from Call Front for pricing. Steel Hub Cap W/Screw . . . . March . . . . . . . . .4–5, . . . . .for . 2016! . . .most $15.50of the cable 4wdMARCH tractors 950Oliver (76”) . . . the . . . . . . .Get-Together . .$31.50 $225/pair in Ohio. . on 550-990 Oval Lightfor Harnesses availS55 ISSUE 050Also used for Speedometer 60-70’s thru. .the 1550-1600-1650-1655 . . 2255’s. . . . . . $90 Red or Black Lettered   66-S66-660-77-S77 550-880, 00/50 series 770-880 Steel 950 (76”) . . . . .of. the . . . . . .$31.50 cable for 2wd tractorsS55 $125 Oliver tractors. 550-990 Front Oval IGNITION able for. most Engine Blocks $195/pair 1750-2255 . . . . . . .Call . . .for . . .price . . . $92.50 $180/pair (White or Black, P/S or Manual Steering) . . . . . . . . . . . . $25 S77-1950T (60”) . . . . . . .$25.75 $195Trim . . . . . . .Call We have used engine blocks, crankshafts and Oliver Tractors from the $125 . .. ... .$25 .pricing. . . . $45 and availability. ‘55 Series . . . . . . . . . .55. .Series . . . . Top . . .Dash . . . . . . . . . . . . .. .. .. ..... .for $195/pair AND LIGHT Black Lettered   other used Red engineorparts.

JOHN DEERE 1948 MODEL 55 3-Bottom Plow on Steel Wheels

Official John Deere logos and high-gloss signature colors decorate this vintage 1948 model plow. Handcrafted in the collector’s preferred 1:16 scale • Officially licensed by John Deere & Company • Backed by our 365-Day Guarantee

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The Driving Force of Success! Famous for engineering some of the finest plows ever made, Deere & Company provided farmers the tools to cultivate success! Now celebrate this brand’s historic legacy with the “John Deere 1948 Model 55 3-Bottom Plow on Steel Wheels,” a genuine 1:16-scale SpecCast collectible that boasts all die-cast engineering, official logos and signature colors. It hitches to most die-cast tractors of this vintage, making it an ideal addition to your John Deere collection! Rolling metal wheels, metal spoke rims, real rubber hydraulic hoses and a working die-cast master lever complete this vintage die-cast replica!

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