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55 minutes ago, planejeff said:

Most iconic International Harvester model in your opinion from each decade starting 20's to 80's??

For my area 15-30, W-40 series, W9 series, TD 14/18 series, 4100.  I skipped the 70s and 80s because nothing stood out.  You can also throw the Farmall M in the 40s.  Out here in MT lot of ranchers and guys with livestock still needed a rowcrop tractor here including us.  
 

 

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In my area, all time would be the Farmall M also. Just about every farm had one at one time or another, and a good many are still in use today on a regular basis. More Ms here than Hs by a good amount.  I can't really speak to anything older than the letter series, as the older ones were no longer in use by the time I was aware of them. Beyond them I would say the 806, 856 and 1066 were abundant here along with the 986.

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7 minutes ago, mike newman said:

Farmall M ......

...but don't forget that little offset  design    that helped thousands of small farming operations  ...all around the developed world....

,,,the Farmall A ...

Mike

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they were built 40 years with very little change other than the designation, often overlooked little tractor

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Tough question.  The Farmall M is certainly a legend.  The 1206 is one of the most recognizable tractors ever built.  In the muscle tractor world it would be hard to find something more popular than the 1066.  

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10 hours ago, Farmall Doctor said:

...well, I think of all time, the Farmall M. 

As much as i like them and prefer them, I think the H trumps the M in terms of recognizability.  

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2 hours ago, billonthefarm said:

Tough question.  The Farmall M is certainly a legend.  The 1206 is one of the most recognizable tractors ever built.  In the muscle tractor world it would be hard to find something more popular than the 1066.  

True, there seem to be more now than when they were in production. 

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I had an Uncle who passed away 5-6 years ago. He was just shy of a 100 when he passed. He bought a new M right before the war. I will never forget him saying he never farmed until he bought that M. It was such a good tractor for him it took a new 706 to replace it. His grandson still has the M.

I think the Farmall Regular did more than it's fair share to send horses to the glue factory.

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I think the M with it's lineage carried on until the 686 is a contender, the A has a place in that race with it's long production run ending with the 140, limited market, but the fact that they can bring good money to be used today is something admirable.  How these models were carried on for so long is "iconic"

So many great models were made from 806 up to 5488, with many different uses for those tractors, that it would be hard to say which one sticks out as an icon,  that topic could be argued at length.

In my years of perusing this forum and others, and hearing in person accounts, a machine that always seems to be respected is old IH crawlers, TD9/TD14 etc., in that era there was no better machine according to the general consensus on the internet.  I can't think of another topic that is as widespread agreed on.  I think that's iconic

 

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37 minutes ago, stronger800 said:

I wanted to say 1066 110%, but if you asked a random, non agricultural related person off of the street to draw a picture of a “red tractor” they would most likely draw something that looked like an M 

  This is part of my criteria.  What gets drawn, photo used in media, generic toy, family story, etc..  That is why I said the H along with the fact around 400,000 were built.  Four different farms in my neighborhood had 5 H's.  No other one model comes close.  The next closest was the JD 60 with 3.  

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And I don’t want to belittle the H or the M, but when you’re talking about what gets drawn or used for toys or  in calendars, -they are essentially the same Tractor from that perspective

I grew up in the 70s and 80s, there were nine milking farms on our road back then. Only one of them had an M. There were four 1066’s, a 966, 1206 and our 806 and 826 on the same farms .

There is only one Farm still milking, he doesn’t have an H, or an M or a 1066. But between the rest of us there are nine 66’s still working.

if I extend the radius 10 miles I can come up with the next three neighbors that are all big operators milking 1500 to 2500 cows. They obviously all run big and new equipment -but each of them has at least a few 1066s that are still in use as well.
Or they have one painted up sitting in the shed, because it’s Iconic 

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