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  1. May 2017 Tractor of the Month

    Three great nominees battled it out for this "May 2017 Tractor of the Month" and in the end, this beautiful 1944 Case SC came out on top. Owned by Tractorforum Member Saele, who's been a member since December 2016, this fine example has been in the family pretty much since it was new. Just a little history on these tractors, the Case S series tractor production was first announced in 1940, and the first tractor in the series rolled off of the assembly line just prior to the end of that...
  2. April 2017 Tractor of the Month

    It was a very hard choice this month, but we've finally found a winner for the "Tractor of the Month" for April, in the form of this 1969 John Deere 60. Our winner, grnspot110, has been a regular contributor to our forum since August 01, 2010 and has given many of us some great and informative advice. As a retired Firefighter, he not only has he respect of his community at home, but also the respect of his friends here on Tractorforum! This project tractor started out as another one of...
  3. March 2017 Tractor of the Month

    This great looking 1932 Gibson 300 "D" belongs to ccdrumm84 who has been a member since 2012. The Gibson Model "D" began with 22" rear tires, but eventually were upgraded to 24" rear tires on rims that were adjustable, giving it a 33" minimum tread and a maximum 53 1/4" width. Fenders were an option. The 'D' had 4.00 x 12 front tires and a wheel base of 46". It weighed in at almost 1000 pounds. They were initially painted Ford Tractor gray and red, and were promoted as being able to operate...
  4. February 2017 Tractor of the Month

    This Economy 2418 Power King was voted in as our TractorForum "Tractor of the Month" for February 2017 and belongs to buggyman who's been a member since 2013. It's a 1978, 18 Horse power with a 4 speed transmission. Power King began production in 1946 and continued their production for over fifty years. The company was originally called Engineering Products and they manufactured Economy and Jim Dandy tractors in Wisconsin, however for fear that the name would imply that the tractors were...
  5. January 2017 Tractor of the Month

    Here's a great looking tractor that was voted as "The Tractor of the Month" for January 2017. It belongs to long time member and contributor "sixbales" who hales from Texas. This Ford 3600 burned up in a fire back in 1991, was extensively repaired and put back into service.The attached picture show how it is today. Sixbales often say that he would never take on a project like that again, but the tractor has performed well over the past 25 years, and is more than happy with his restored...
  6. Winter Restoration Project

    Well, it's that time of year when we all get busy wrapping up those summer projects and begin thinking about getting ready to take on the chores that old man winter is going to bring our way. With the thought of all that up and coming fun in the back of your mind, maybe it's time to think about getting yourself a project that will keep you busy and entertained over the winter months. Perhaps you picked up the old tractor bug at the local Fall Fair recently or you have been checking out all...
  7. Winterizing your tractor

    Well, winter is quickly approaching and it's time to think about putting your mowers away and getting out the snow removal equipment. But before you do that, let's get that mower and weed whacker ready for winter. It's pretty simple to winterize your tractor, lawn mower, or whatever else you have that uses a small gasoline engine. Hopefully the following procedures will help you to get your equipment ready for winter storage, assuming that you will be storing your equipment and not be using...
  8. The Vickers Endeavors

    Two men by the names of Edward Vickers and George Naylor joined forced in the year 1828 to create a steel foundry named Naylor Vickers and Company. Originally this company made steel castings and was most well-known for casting church bells. As the company grew to include new employees, such as Thomas and Albert, sons of Edward Vickers, the company expanded its ventures. By 1863 they had moved to Sheffield, England, and in 1867 the company went public. Soon thereafter they incorporated...
  9. Rock Island and Heider Tractor History

    What began as Buford & Tate of Rock Island, Illinois, in 1855 eventually went on to call themselves Buford & Co. before a much more significant name change occurred in 1882. It was at that time that they became known as The Rock Island Plow Company. With this name change also came a change in the type of machines they manufactured with a move from only creating plows to eventually incorporating implements that were horse drawn. As even more time progressed, more designs were introduced....
  10. The Big and Little Bull Tractors

    In the period of time surrounding WWI, large tractors were commonly seen on farms. These tractors were expensive to use, however, and modest farm owners were looking for something smaller that could still fill their needs but at less expense. Seeing the need for a smaller yet equally affective machine, the Bull Tractor Company of Minneapolis, Minnesota opened its doors in 1914. With a design by D.M. Hartsough introduced that same year, it initially seemed that the need for smaller tractors...
  11. Stabilizer Bars

    Sometimes a desire to save time and money can be our enemy. Another thing that falls in that category is a simple lack of knowing better. One case in which both of these things collide is when it comes to stabilizer bars. Sure, they are useful, but in order for them to be worthwhile, they have to be installed and engaged. If you skimp on this, you can pay a high price in terms of implement damage. Having a three point hitch is wonderful when it comes to attaching a plethora of implements...
  12. Tractor History: Dent Parrett

    Dent Parrett, born in 1886, hailed from the town of Wenona, Illinois. It was there that he entered the farm implement field of work under the wing of Harry Von Horn, the owner of a store that sold such implements. During this time, Parrett worked on steam threshing machines owned by Van Horn as well as the steam plowing engines of customers. After a year at the University of Illinois, Parrett took this invaluable experience and set out on his own, opening a machine shop in 1908. In the...
  13. A Pioneer by Many Names

    What started as the Pioneer Tractor Co. in 1909 went on to become the Pioneer Tractor Mfg. Co. in 1910 after only about a year under their original name. With not only a change in name but also a change in location from Minneapolis to Winona under their belts, it was time to see what else these folks might change, specifically in the tractor world. When production began at their new location in Winona, Pioneer initially was able to make one tractor per week. In a short period of time they...
  14. Toy Tractors: The Allis Chalmers Model B

    In 1937, the tractor was destined to replace the horse, according to Allis Chalmers. With a new creation dubbed the Allis Chalmers Model B for sale, the pitch was one of putting the horses back in the barn. Claiming that the tractor required less maintenance than horses in order to sway farmer opinion along with using research and statistics, Allis Chalmers set forth to woo the public with their new machine. Priced at just under $500.00 each and being billed as a small farm tractor that...
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