Damn! As an old farmboy who used to drive a tractor very similar to those
used in this video, I am impressed. If my dad ever caught me doing anything
like this, he would have whipped me good. I would have loved to have found
a farmgirl with those tractor skills.
What I am wondering, where did they find 8 identical tractors?
Late 40s/early 50s Farmall H and (I think I saw one or maybe two Super
H). H were in production from '39-'52, Super H 52-'54. Roughly 30 PTO hp.
We had M's early on which looked virtually identical, just a slightly
bigger brother -- about 45 hp iirc. They were produced over same time
frame as the H/Super H.
Then a step up w/ the new 300/400 series in '54; we had a 400 then a 560
which was the new design introduced in '58. It was about 52 hp; a
really modern tractor w/ factory power steering, etc.
After that JD came out w/ the 4010 series that got away from the old
"Johnny Popper" and green eventually won out almost exclusively all over
wheat country altho there was a period where the wheatland Case 900
series was dominant for non-rowcrop work, they too were eventually
Now, International/Farmall is part of Case-IH altho they have within the
last few years reintroduced the Farmall brand as a line of utility
small-acreage and tract owner tractors.
Was in IH hdqrs right after the Case acquition ('83).
You could have rolled a bowling ball down thru the place and not hit
All IH had left was the diesel engines they sold to Ford for the over
the road market.
Didn't take too long before that went away.
That's a couple years early according to CIH corporate timeline but then
again, a year or two from 25 or so ain't bad... :)
As noted, we went green after about '62-'63; the Farmall 560 series had
serious problems at introduction that really hurt them and, imo, led to
the eventual downfall in that they never recovered market share against
the all-of-a-sudden much more competitive JD. Saw it first hand w/
failure of the rear end twice in fairly short time--the second was the
straw that got the first green ever on the place (over 50 years by that
Here's pertinent section around the acquisition time from the CIH
site--kinda' interesting remembering altho by then for us IH was long
I actually didn't go to check up on your memory or time line; your
comment was something I wasn't aware of that Case had closed all IH
assembly so went to try to find what CIH actual manufacturing sites
were/are currently. Didn't find anything quickly but did see the
corporate history and not knowing much about either Case or IH after the
early/mid '60s thought it of at least passing interest...
They also bought 50% share of Hesston the hay specialists near here in
Hesston, KS, altho subsequently sold that out to Agco. They have kept
the facility there. The other acquisitions include Steiger tractor (the
MN brothers that pioneered the large 4WD revolution out of their farm
machine-shed) and the biggie New Holland.
Only Agco perhaps has wider tentacles worldwide. They're an upstart
that begin in the early '90s w/ the buyout of Deutz-Allis, the German
outfit that bought Allis-Chalmers and painted them green :( .
Subsequently, they bought out stuff left and right, the major
acquisitions being White tractors, Massy-Ferguson, the aforementioned
Hesston and then White-New Idea implements and the German Fendt then the
Caterpillar Challenger ag products group. The Valtra brand is Finnish
and they've also acquired Brazilian, Italian and other foreign
manufactures I don't even know who they are...
H? They looked too small for H - Super C maybe, or even an A? (I used
to drive a B (offset seat), Super C, and Super M, a MinneMoline hand clutch
job, MF 55?, MF 65 and MF 180). We ran the thresher off the Super M belt drive.
(Massey Ferguson 65 - configured as Hearse:
The A had a large open area under the gas tank and was quite a lot
smaller; don't think that's possible.
The C/Super C had afaik the solid cast wheels rather than spoked which I
believe all of these had.
I don't have specifications on rear wheel diameter at hand but I _think_
the C was as large as the H and w/ the revised operator platform
actually looked much larger than the B it replaced.
Unfortunately, I couldn't read a decal in any of the shots to tell
unequivocally but my guess is still on the H...
Would be kinda' nice to know for surrtin, sure...
Anybody got any idea where this was? AFAICT it didn't say and w/ my
slow dialup it took so long to display not going to try again...
I am not sure of the year, but definitely a Farmall. It had the two small
tires in the front next to each other. We used to log with this tractor.
And every time those two front tires got stuck in a little hole, the tractor
just bogged down and did not want to move.
Had a neighbor who had a small Ford tractor with the two front tires mounted
as wide as the back tires. That thing was a mountain goat. It would go
anywhere. But it wasn't as big or as powerful as the Farmall.
The tricycle front gear was an option; not necessarily indicative of
being Farmall (altho these certainly are, see other response for some
The same models were also made in wide front row crop as well as in
high-crop, orchard and some other even more specialized versions.
In the large wheat/row crop country the tricycle mount was rarely, if
ever seen; I don't recall ever seeing one as a kid other than when
visiting family in far SE KS or MO.
Why, specifically, they were so popular farther east I really don't
know; I could never understand why one would choose it.
Where I grew up in North Central Ohio the John Deeres had the two
front tires together and the Farmalls had them apart.
Farmall was by far the most popular tractor followed by Deere and then
a scattering of Case, Allis-Chalmers, Ford, Massey-Fergeson, etc.
OK, time to stick my "oar" in, after seeing some of the other replies.
I cut my teeth on Farmall "A", "C" and "H" models, along with time
spent on Ford, "Johnny-popper" Deere's and misc. Massey Ferguson, etc.
The "girls" were driving Super C's, you can tell by a couple things;
(1) The steering wheel/shaft is on a steeper angle, the shaft going
downward to the side of the clutch housing, then forward, and (2) The
belt pulley is on the back of the tractor.
The "boys" were driving H/Super H's. The H/M were very similar, with
the steering wheel almost vertical and shaft going straight forward to
the top of the steering box, they also had the belt pulley on the
right side of the clutch/transmission group.
The original Farmall Cub was an offset model, with the engine/drive
train on the left, seat & controls on the right. Super A was the same
configuration. They were both intended as single row "row crop" units,
as you could look straight down and see what you were doing when
The "B" was an "A" with the left wheel reversed to give it a wider
rear stance, and a "tricycle" front end instead of wide front end.
The Super C was a "row crop" design with 2 row setup and either
tricycle or wide front end.
All these models had the belt pulley set in the rear adjacent to the
The tricycle front end was VERY maneuverable in tight places, but was
a pain the A** mowing hay, plowing, etc. Withg wide front end, put the
right front in the furrow and cock wheel left just a smidge, very easy
plowing. Mowing, put the right front next to the "un-mown" hay(in the
little gap created by the "swath board") and just keep it there. Wide
front end was also more comfortable in rough going, as one wheel would
hit the bump and the axle would pivot, cutting up?down motion
transferred to tractor in half. Narrow front end, didn't matter which
wheel hit the bump, they were tied solid by the axle assy, full motion
transferred.(John Deere tried to alleviate this with their
"Rollomatic" front end, where the wheels trailed the steering stem
slightly and were connected by gears, so if one whewel wewnt up, the
other went down, vice/versa)
Cub wheels, don't remember, but think they were solid steel. "A"
series had solid steel with bolted on cast iron weights. "C" had
spoked cast iron wheels plus bolted on cast weights, and "H/M" had the
Interesting addition to one Super "H" we had, an M & H "hand clutch".
This was built into the left hand drive wheel brake assy, and
effectively gave you a "live" power takeoff. When released, the drive
train just idled through the differential, as there was no connection
to the left side drive, but leaving the main trannsission and power
takeoff running, but the tractor & chopper/mower/whatever still
OK, I'm done.
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