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  1. Red Tractors vs Green tractors

    I think that was the 2nd factory they put up in the late 70s the first factory being the dealership. Here is a book I would buy if I were you. http://www.toyfarmer.com/newsevents/the-big-bud-tractor-story-book-is-available-now I have it and it is on par with the Red 4 wheel drive tractor book in detailing history. Back in my college days we went through that building when it was Miessners and they showed us how to rebuild a AF combine. They did have a soft assembly line but the 747 was built in one spot because it was too big to move around supposedly. I think the most tractors they ever punched out in any given year was around 80 or so. Might seem small but if you compare that to what Steiger had to start with when they moved to Fargo it was high end. After reading the Red Power 4 wheel drive book and the Big Bud Tractor Story book my opinion is Big Bud could have became what Steiger did if they had built tractors for the mass market instead of these heavy expensive monstrosities for the few. Big Bud or "Northern Manufacturing" as it was called started out with much better facilities, equipment, workforce, and since they had been a dealer since 1960 they had a customer base to start with.
  2. Red Tractors vs Green tractors

    I forgot to add in my previous post there was also a Case 600 and 900 there too so they dominated the field last saturday and sunday. I have to say the dash on the 900 was pretty dang neat looking. The R had live hydraulics but was driven off the PTO in factory form. I've never seen a setup like this either but it does do the steering. We still have that glass jar precleaner still with the jar hanging up in the quonset.
  3. Sept/Oct 1975

    Do you still have the tractor? Nice pic.
  4. Red Tractors vs Green tractors

    It is an R. Here is another picture that would show you it is an R. It was very very very very common to widen the rims out and install wider tires. I have an Oliver 99, Massey 55, and a Case 500 all with widen rims and non factory tires. If an Super M will out pull the R and then it will out pull that WD9 in the picture. The WD9 series and the R had the same hp. We had both tractors. Now I wasn't around when they were here but going off of pictures, a little film, and what little was told me by grandpa and other old timers who made a living with these tractors, neither one had a serious advantage over the other. We pulled the same size plow with both tractors. And up till a few years ago I still had both plows that were used. We scrapped the Graham Hoeme plow but still have the IH. The standard size was either 12-14ft duckfoot in this country. JD 830s and the equivalent IH's were good for about 16ft. We get that your dads R was a POS. We all do. But somebody must have liked them because JD made over 21,000 of them in 6 years. For us the WD-9 turned into a 600 in 1958 which then turned into a JD 830 in 1960. I have no idea why the change in color but I would have loved to know. The R was bought used in 1959 and was traded in for a JD 5010 in 1964. I took these pictures at our local show. Its a small show but of the 50s standard wheatland tractors there was a JD 830, 80, three Case 500s, and a Massey 55 and 555. The only IH was this one which is owned by the club.
  5. Red Tractors vs Green tractors

    The tires on the R are more wore down. I would say the WD9 was in the way. I have nothing against the CNH product. Just the dealer. If you buy an air drill from them they will drop it off in the yard and tell you to call the shop if you have any problems. Buy one from my JD dealer, the salesman will spend half a day with you hooking it up to the tractor, making sure the GPS works, showing you how to run it, showing you how to calibrate it, and if conditions permit run it out in the field to make sure it runs level. We bought a JD spreader and its the same box as the old one so we are familiar with it. But our salesman and another guy are still going to bring out the pan kit and help us set the pattern and calibrate the spreader.
  6. self propelled round baler

    https://www.farmshow.com/a_article.php?aid=21154 https://www.farmshow.com/a_article.php?aid=8647 Like most innovations, farmers got there first.
  7. Will This Have Any Effect On The Montana Wildfires?

    Not all of Montana is getting rain. We've only have .10" so far.
  8. self propelled round baler

    If I were to spend that much on non stop baling I would just by a big square baler. Something that is proven.
  9. I'm not doubting you or calling anybody a liar but the only place I've heard about the 1150 being junk is on this forum.
  10. We had a 1150. We bought it used in the mid 70s. It never gave us any problems. Traded it off for a new JD 4640 in 1979.
  11. I hope the weather guessers are right,

    Took some winter wheat in this morning to get cleaned. After it hopefully rains the seed plant is going to get slammed from guys waiting to see if it would rain. I just wanted to get a head of the pack.
  12. Neat old Oliver prototype tractor pictures

    I've never operated a Oliver, White, or MM. There are places on our farm were the nose of those white 4x4s would almost hit the ground crossing a sharp coulee or washout.
  13. 2017 crop pics

    That is the highest houred 8820 I've ever seen. We bought the first 8820 T2 our dealer got in back in 1985. The shoe self destructed within a few years but putting the slow sprocket on solved that issue. Traded it on a one year old 9600 in 1990. Still have a 3,800 hr yellow top 8820 we bought used in 1993. Other then cutting a few 10 acre green patches it has been retired since 2008.
  14. CIH offset tractor 265

    A neighbor lady gave me a 1990 full CIH brochure when she was cleaning out her deceased husband's stuff. Thinking about the other thread about the last IH offset made I just thought I would post this.