Farming Enthusiast Posted February 19, 2022 Share Posted February 19, 2022 14 minutes ago, 766 Man said: My father's father actually went through the decision process you describe albeit a couple years earlier than 1956. He bought an 88 which is still here today. He did not like hand clutches on tractors which doomed JD, Case, and MM where he was concerned. He did concede that JD easily had the best price which helps explain why the later 2 cylinders sold so well. The design had more or less paid for itself in terms of JD so a greater portion of the selling price was a return to JD corporate which they used to start the program for tractor development which resulted in the New Gen tractors. So, some good came out of building the 2 cylinders past their prime. The first tractors my grandfather had was an A and a B. The small town nearby had MM IH JD and Oliver. They tried all of them and never went back to JD. Now I respect the fact that they were able to make money them years but I'll add again that FORDS under appreciation for what they had for engineers had just as much if not more to do with their success. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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