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Farm and Tractor History Many notable events occurred in farming history that forever changed not only nations but the entire world. We will start with some of the most obvious.
The Farm Tractor
The early development of the farm tractors followed a pattern similar to that of the steam traction engine. The stationary engine was mounted on skids or wheels to make it portable and then a drive was devised to make it self-propelled. The trend continued for many years but gradually with the help of Henry Fords Fordson tractor the tractor absorbed certain automotive principles features like automobile type steering and transmission, high speed engine, and a much lighter and more efficient tractor unit. Indeed, the trend went further and added such items as belt pulley for belt work, drawbar for pulling machines, power take-off (PTO) for driving mounted or pulled machines and finally hydraulic controls for controlling many drawn and pulled machines furnishing four different methods of applying power.
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Farm Tractor Mass Production & War
The Steam Engine
The steam plow, or traction engine, paved the way for the gasoline tractor and the first step of importance in mechanical power farming. In addition to the demand for steam power for plowing, new farm machines invented in the first half of the 19th century magnified the need for mechanical power. In 1831 McCormick invented his reaper. This was soon to create a demand for belt power with which to thresh the mechanically harvested grain crops.
Early steam engine tractors know as traction engines or steam plows at the time tended to be large, extremely heavy, slow, and poorly maneuverable. They became popular in industrialized countries in the mid 1800's. The steam engine not only changed farming it also ushered in the Industrial Revolution.
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Tractor Tractor Test Nebraska Tractor Test History

The Nebraska Tractor tests have become significant not only for the state of Nebraska and our Nation but for the entire world as well. These tests have provided standards for rating tractors as well as initiating needed improvements on many of them, and have eliminated from the field many inferior designed tractors.

Test #388 Oliver 88 row crop
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Rubber Tractor Tires
The first tires for farm tractors were sold in 1932. They were special, low-pressure pneumatic tires which seemed capable of meeting the varied service requirements demanded of farm tractors. The benefits would prove so great that in a short period of time every tractor tire and nearly every farm implement wheel was on rubber tires. And thus started one of the most rapid and striking changes in farm equipment history.

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JOHN DEERE HISTORY TIMELINE
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Percent of Tractor Sales
by Manufacturer 1935
Manufacturer               Market Share
International Harvester Co 49%
John Deere 25%
Allis-Chalmers 9.5%
J.I. Case Co 7.1%
Oliver 3.6%
Minneapolis Moline 3.6%
Massey Harris 0.7%
Others 1.5%
Farmall  A Tractors
The Farmall A was introduced in 1939. The Farmall A had the same engine as its predecessor, the F-12 and F-13 however; the engine was to the left of the operator seat. It came with rubber tires and a four-speed transmission... The A was available with either a gasoline or kerosene engines and it was equipped with PTO and a belt pulley that was at the back rather than the side.

 
 The Keller Family Tractor Collection  
 No words could do justice to the Keller collection. Thankfully, I took hundreds of picture. So you too can witness what arguably is the largest and rarest private tractor collection in the world.
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2006 S.E. Wisconsin Antique Power & Collectibles Society  Tractor Show
Antique Farming visits South Eastern Wisconsin Antique Power Collectibles Society Tractor Show in Union Grove WI

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Ford NAA Tractor
The 3PT War
a $9.25 million dollar settlement agreement against Ford. Ford agreed to discontinue production of the hydraulic system using Ferguson's reservoir-side hydraulic pump by the end of the 1952 model year. 1953 saw the release of the Ford NAA Ferguson, who had begun producing Ford 9N look-alikes that he marketed as Ferguson TE-20 and TO- 20 , suffered in the final settlement for his success. He had manufactured nearly 140,000 of the 9N clones without Ford's permissio  

JOHN DEERE  R
John Deere R
After years of testing John Deere relaesed its first diesel tractor in 1949. The John Deere R was also the first Deere tractor with a live independent PTO with its own clutch, and it in turn drove the hydraulic pump. It was also the company's first to be offered with an all-steel cab option.

Total production over five and a half years was 21,294.

McCormick Deering
10-20
McCormick Deering 10-20
McCormick Deering 10-20 This was the International Tractor that followed the McCormick Deering Titan. It came out in 1923 and was discontinued in 1939. A total of 219,000 were made and the peak production year was 1929. It was slow and cumbersome, but was excellent for plowing as well as on the belt. It carried the same four cylinder engine as the "Regular Farmall" introduced that same Year by International Harvester Company. In 1923, the 10-20 was listed at $785; the 15-30 at $1250. By 1939, the 10-20 was listed at $950 with steel lugs, and $1158 with rubber tires.

CASE 530
John Deere Tractors
Case 530
First announced in 1960 the Case 530 tractor "Standard Tread" was the base tractor of the extremely popular 530 Construction King. The tractor offered the advantages of the 530 Construction King for drawbar applications. It was a popular tractor for pulling rollers, tampers, scrapers, trailers, and similar Construction Equipment
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