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Hello All,
I want to start a thread that is a place for anyone to list fun facts about tractors or companies that can be shared with everyone. I have been nominated to announce our parade at our local show and its always nice to be able to throw in a little trivia knowledge along the way.

It doesn't matter the company or age of tractors. anything and everything is acceptable as long as there is some truth behind it.

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-The JD D is the longest produced model of JD.
-The Minneapolis Threshing company had students from the neighboring art school come do the pin striping and painting on the engines.
-Allis Chalmers had the first production model tractor to come standard with pneumatic tires

lets see just how much we all know about the tractors we love.

Thanks for the help and let the fact finding begin.
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The Allis Chalmers U was the first tractor to be put on rubber tires
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Here are some International Harvester industry firsts.
1919 First PTO- 15-30
1924 First row crop- regular
1929 First tractor mounted corn picker
1954 First "clutchless shift"- MTA
1961 First hydrostatic and turbine powered tractor- HT340
1967 First hydrostatic lawn tractor- cub cadet 123
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Here are some International Harvester industry firsts.
1919 First PTO- 15-30
1924 First row crop- regular
1929 First tractor mounted corn picker
1954 First "clutchless shift"- MTA
1961 First hydrostatic and turbine powered tractor- HT340
1967 First hydrostatic lawn tractor- cub cadet 123
I'm not absolutely sure, but I think the first PTO offered was on the 8-16 chain drive International. Try to find one of those, or even a picture, there are some archive photos of one driving a grain binder but the assy detail isn't shown. In the early grain binder manuals you can find the attachment drawings for the 8-16 but that doesn't show much of the tractor end either.
It still amazes me how early International Harvestor developed industrial models of their farm tractors, and sold quite a few of them to boot. James Gall had a water bath air cleaner 10-20 industrial with hard rubber tired round spoke steel wheels, but the 8-16 International chain drive had industrial variations earlier than that.
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In 1923, the Fordson Model F had a 75% market share.

Yep, that's right: 3 out of every 4 tractors sold were Fordsons.
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The Fordson F or American buildt Fordson was the first tractor to be mass produced
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The Fordson F or American buildt Fordson was the first tractor to be mass produced
Yep, assembly line produced, the 8-16 International was their first assembly line produced International tractor thanks to Ford. But the 8-16 had WAYYY more pieces than the Fordson, near as I can tell, and I think is why it couldn't compete.
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Back to the Allis Chalmers U it holds the land speed record for a tractor with the help of Ab Jenkins and Harvey Firestone putting out a wopping 65.45 MPH

https://www.hemmings.com/blog/2009/0...eld-v-jenkins/
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Russ you are 100% correct. Also, Hart Parr technically had the first "live pto" in the 20's with an attachment that bolted to the tractor and had its own independent clutch taking power directly from the engine. Cockshutt was the first to market a live pto with the model 30, then shortly after Oliver marketed a live PTO. Also Oliver was the first to have electric over hydraulic.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Power_take-off
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A few more firsts from Harvester: First row crop tractor with over 100 HP, first successful production cotton picker, First air delivery planter, First Axial Flow combine/ single rotor. I can't recall if New Holland got their Twin Rotor on the market first but I know they were trying to develop theirs at that same time. Also can't forget the first successful tricycle row crop tractor.
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