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Different types of tractors

  tractor with standard front end


The standard front end is also known as a "regular" or "wheatland".  It features an axle with a fixed distance between the front wheels. The  standard front end was the first design used on early steam traction  engines and gasoline tractors. These machines used a solid front axle  that pivoted in the center, similar to a horse-drawn wagon.
While the standard front end has always been used on tractors, it became  less popular during the middle of the twentieth century, when the  tricycle design became popular. The standard front end remained the  choice for the vast wheat farms of the western United States and Canada.  This led to the standard being known as a "wheatland". 
tractor with adjustable wide front end An adjustable wide front end is similar to the standard front end. The  adjustable wide front allows the wheels to be moved to different widths  to accomodate driving between rows of crops. By properly spacing the  front and rear axles, the tractor will straddle several rows, enabling  the operator to drive down them without damaging the crops. In addition  to adjustments on the axle itself, some tractors allow the front wheel  tread to be changed by reversing the mounting of the wheels, or through  the use of spacer on the hub.
Standards have always been the style of choice for serious pulling  tractors, the largest tractors in a manufacturer's range were seldom  available as a row crop. Standards are also the default style for  industrial tractors. The heavy front axle is well-suited to the demands  of loader work.

   tractor with tricycle front end


A tricycle (sometimes called "narrow") is a type of row-crop front end  to enable the tractor to work between rows of planted crops, typically  for cultivating. The tractor has either a single front wheel, or two  front wheels that are narrowly set together. The front wheels are  usually angled towards eachother in a 'V' shape so that both wheels fit  between a crop row. The rear wheels are typically adjustable to  accomodate a variety of row spacings.
The Farmall,  introduced by International Harvester in 1924, pioneered this  arrangement and quickly became one of the most successful tractors of  all time. The tricycle front end became the dominant tractor design in  the United States from the 1930s through the 1950s. In the 1960s,  chemicals replaced mechanical tillage as the primary means of crop  cultivation. With this development, the need for tricycle style tractors  dropped sharply, and production of this style stopped in the 1970s.
In addition to the ability to move between rows of crops, the tricycle  style of tractor also has excellent manuverability. With the use of  individual rear-wheel brakes a tricycle tractor can pivot within its own  length around one wheel. This tight turning radius is a great asset  when working in confined areas or when mowing. The design is somewhat  unstable when compared with widely-spacing front wheels, causing  dangerous rollovers. The design is also difficult to use with a  front-end loader, particularly when the tractor does not have power  steering.

  high crop tractor

High Crop

The high-crop tractor features tall spindles on the front axle, and  drop-down rear axles, to provide it with a very high ground clearance.  These tractors are very useful for farms growing vegetables, flowers,  nursery plants, or any other tall and bushy crop that must be worked.  Some manufacturers referred to their high crop tractors as "vegetable"  models.
High crop tractors have always been rare when compared with more  conventional designs. For antique tractor collectors, high crop models  often command very high prices due to their low production volume.
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How to read the serial number list:

Tractor serial number lists nearly always show the first tractor  built in each year. The other tractors for that year will have  successively higher numbers. Your serial number should lie between two of the stated numbers.
   Example serial number list:
Year Number
1980 501
1981 879 <<< 900
1982 1034
1983 2103

Example: if your serial number is 900, then your tractor was built in 1981.
The list only shows the number from the first tractor built in each year. Unless you happen to have the first first tractor off the production line, then your particular number will not be on the list. Your number will lie between two listed numbers.
  Common serial number problems:

Deere 2640 tractor and engine serial numbersFind the REAL serial number
There are usually a lot of different numbers on a tractor. The engine,  front axle, and cab may all have their own serial numbers. Various  components may have parts or casting numbers. Make sure you have  actually found the tractor serial number, and not one of these other numbers.
  Read the number carefully
On older tractors, the serial number plate has often faded. Make sure  you do not confuse a 7 for a 1. Also, ensure you have read the entire  number.
  If the plate has faded very badly, try making a rubbing of the  imprint. Place a piece of tissue paper over the plate and rub gently  with charcoal or a pencil. Another method is to color the number with a  marker and then quickly wipe it off, hoping to leave ink in the  stamping. Some people have found that they can read the number off the  back side of the plate
  A serial number is not a tractor's life story
In general, you cannot determine anything but the year from the serial  number of an older tractor. You cannot find the exact date of  construction, original dealer, or previous owners. Your best change at  finding your tractor's history is to talk to the person you purchased it  from. Find out who they bought it from. If you're lucky you may be able  to trace it back to the original buyer and the original dealer. If you  are really lucky, that dealer would still be around and have records of the sale. There are couple of exceptions...
  John Deere owners can contact the Two-Cylinder Club  to have their serial number researched for a fee. I am not aware of  this service being available for any other brand. If it is, email me and  I will post the information.
  Newer tractors from major brands will likely be tracked by the  factory and its dealer network on computer. If you tractor was built  around 1990 or later you may be able to have a dealer run the serial  number. The exact information available would depend on the dealer and  brand, and what they are willing to release to you. In general, they  track sales, repairs, and stolen equipment.
  IH owners: look for the U
Many International Harvester tractors will have a long number sequence  with the letter "U" in the middle. The numbers on the list correspond to  the digits after the letter.
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2011 Hastings Little Log House Show

TractorData - August 01, 2011  The 21st annual Antique Power Show was held on July 29 to 31 at the  Little Log House Pioneer Village in Hastings, Minnesota. The 160-acre  Pioneer Village is the work of Steve and Sylvia Bauer, who have  preserved 50 buildings on the site. The big attraction this year was  Porky's drive-in. The landmark Saint Paul drive-in sat on University  Avenue for nearly 60 years before closing in 2010. The Bauers purchased  the building and moved it to the village, including an authentic  re-creation of the pig sign. Porky's wasn't the only new building this  year, there is also a new pavilion built using columns from Red Wing's  old music hall and rafters from a 150-year-old church in Carver. The  military display features a World War II era quonset hut, reconditioned  and set up to resemble a barracks.

John Deere tractors lined for the parade through the Little Log House Pioneer Village. Early John Deere 420, unstyled model A, John Deere GPWT, and a Waterloo Boy Featured John Deere tractors on exhibit.
John Deere tractors lined up on Sunday for the daily parade through the Little Log House Pioneer Village. Antique tractors in front of the featured exhibit buildings. An  early John Deere 420, unstyled model A, John Deere GPWT, and a Waterloo  Boy. The long green line. Featured John Deere tractors on exhibit.

Deere 332, 112, 140 H1, 110, and John Deere 140 H3 with miniture hay wagon. Long line of cars for the Little Log House show on Saturday Porky's Restaurant at the Little Log House Pioneer Village
Vintage John Deere lawn and garden tractors. A diesel model Deere  332, 112, 140 H1, 110, and a John Deere 140 H3 in the front with  miniture hay wagon. Cars lined up to get to the Little Log House Show. There was a large  turnout on Saturday, with traffic that morning backed up over one mile  to get in. The new site for Porky's Restaurant, a big attraction for the crowds  this year. This legendary drive-in was moved to the Little Log House  Pioneer Village this year.

John Deere model 60 with 30 combine International Farmall Cub tractors John Deere L tractor being pushed
Original condition John Deere model 60 tractor pulling a Deere 30 pull-type combine. A group of International Farmall Cub tractors in the parade. This John Deere model L tractor had some problems during the parade and needed a push. These guys are lucky it wasn't a model R.

Classic Chevy pickup trucks Vintage military equipment, including a M4 tank A styled John Deere D on steel wheels
A row of vintage Chevy pickups in front of the service station. Historical military equipment on display at "Camp Hastings". In the  background is the camp's new Quonset Hut, on display as a replica  barracks. A styled (1949) John Deere model D equppied with steel wheels.


Red Power Round-Up

  - June 24, 2011 The 22nd National Red Power Round Up was held in Albert Lea, Minnesota from June 23 to 25, 2011. The show was hosted by IHCC #15 at the Freeborn County Fairgrounds. 2011 featured the Gold and White Demonstrator tractors, as well as the 50th Anniversary of Cub Cadet.

The RPRU show grounds. Long row of Farmalls. Gold and White Demonstrator tractors on display
The RPRU show grounds in Albert Lea. Long row of Farmall letter and hundred series tractors. Gold and White Demonstrator tractors on display.
International 4300 hitch Cub Cadet 50th Anniversary display Four-wheel drive International tractors
The business end of an International 4300 tractor. Cub Cadet tractors on display for the 50th Anniversary. Line-up of International four-wheel drive tractors.
Caledonia Implement decal International Gold Demonstrator tractors on parade International 5388 prototype
Detail of Caledonia Implement decal on a 1206. International Gold Demonstrator tractors in the parade. Danny Anderson's 5388 "prototype" tractor.
Old shop display Farmall Electrall with baler White Demonstrator Farmall C and baler
Antique tractor shop display. Farmall Super M-TA Electrall with 55W electric baler. Demonstrator Farmall C with white baler.


Antique Tractors - Plow Day


 **Antique tractors at work in Maine.**


Paul Bussert Auction

Peter Easterlund - October 24, 2010 The Bussert estate auction was held on Octobr 21 and 22 in Fairbault, Minnesota. The massive auction featured over 700 antique tractors with multiple rings on both days to sell over 3,000 total lots. Paul Bussert passed away in 2008. Mr. Bussert was an active collector and parts dealer, most of the tractors were salvage units from Bussert Tractor Parts.

Rows of antique tractors
Rows of 700+ antique tractors at the Bussert auction.
John Deere H in a tree
This John Deere model H has been in this spot for a long time. The tree has grown completely around the flywheel.
Original John Deere L
An "original" John Deere model L tractor. It not only has the serial number tag, but its operator decals.
Original John Deere GP
The wheels on this John Deere GP were freshly installed from after being painted. The hood dent was seen on several of the tractors, the result of a shed collapsing under snow load.
Easterlund Implement John Deere R
The John Deere R with home-made cab has Easterlund Implement decals featuring the four-legged John Deere logo.
Pirkl Implement John Deere decal
This Pirkl Implement decal, found on a model A, has the short-lived "Quality Farm Equipment" (QFE) John Deere logo from the early 1950s.
Snow blower on a John Deere H
This John Deere model H is all set for winter with front-mounted snow blower and tire chains.


Le Sueur Pioneer Power Show

  - August 29, 2010 The 2010 Le Sueur County Pioneer Power Show was held August 27 through 29. Clear skies and bright sun provided mid-summer like temperatures. The show opened with the annual auction and a large crowd was already on-hand Friday morning. An English-built Field Marshall tractor was at the auction. The single-cylider hot bulb engine was a common tractor style in Europe through World War II, but are very rare in North America.
The Hertiage of Oliver and Hart-Parr Expo were featured this year, bringing out a lot of green equipment. A wide variety of other brands were also on display along with antique engines, construction equipment, and horse-drawn implements. The 2011 show will feature Minneapolis, Twin City, and Moline machinery.

The crowd bids on a Farmall H restored by the local FFA. Oliver and Hart-Parr were the featured tractors for 2010. A threshing crew works in the August sun.
The crowd bids on a Farmall H restored by the local FFA. Oliver and Hart-Parr were the featured tractors for 2010. A threshing crew works in the August sun.
Saturday's tractor pull featured stock and custom machines. Dave Preuhs' Thresherman Special Hart-Parr works out on the Baker Fan. The North Central Wheel Horse Events Club brought a large display of equipment.
Saturday's tractor pull featured stock and custom machines. Dave Preuhs' Thresherman Special Hart-Parr works out on the Baker Fan. The North Central Wheel Horse Events Club brought a large display of equipment.
A steam engine powers the pioneer saw mill. Farmall tractors lined up on display. A John Deere D stands ready for belt work.
A steam engine powers the pioneer saw mill. Farmall tractors lined up on display. A John Deere D stands ready for belt work.

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About the Event: 
For more than 20 years, Mecum Auctions has specialized in the sale of classic, muscle and high-end collector cars, providing automotive enthusiasts with an exciting environment to buy and sell vehicles. Now, the auction experts are bringing the Mecum experience to the tractor world with their first-ever Gone Farmin’ Tractor Auction, Aug. 7, 2010, in Walworth, Wis.
Mecum’s Gone Farmin’ Auction will offer more than 200 vintage tractors up for sale, including a rare 1954 Farmall Super Mdv Ta Tractor (Lot S44) that is one of 64 Super MTA high crop tractors built. Of those 64 built, this Farmall is one of less than 20 that came with a diesel engine.
“Antique tractors have become valuable investment pieces and we are excited to bring a variety of sought-after tractors to one central location for collectors to inspect, enjoy and purchase,” said Dan Mecum, operations manager for Mecum Auctions. “Attendees can expect to see everything from a 1960 John Deere Veggie Special to International, Allis Chalmers and Case tractors go up for bid.”
A second generation member of the company, Dan has a personal interest in restoring antique tractors and is leading Mecum’s tractor auction. His father, Dana Mecum, started The Mecum Auction Company in 1988 in Rockford, Ill.
The Gone Farmin’ Vintage Tractor Auction takes place on a 10-acre property off Highway 14 near Lake Geneva and is open to the general public at no cost. Mecum is currently accepting consignments and bidder registration for the event. For more information, email Consignment, bidder and event information is available online at or by calling 815.568.8888.
Gone Farmin’ Tractor Auction
August 7, 2010
445 S. Main St. (Route 14)
Walworth, WI 53184
Preview: Friday 3 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Auction: Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
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Primary Phone: 
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Start Time: 
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