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From Highways to Farmland: How Four-Wheel-Drive Technology Made its Way from Heavy Equipment to Farm Tractors

Posted September 11, 2017 10:00 AM by dstrohl

Editor’s Note: Here’s something for the farmers in the audience. The team that compiled the books Red Tractors and Red Combines is back with another compendium of big farm equipment, this time going in depth on the high-horsepower four-wheel-drive tractors that IH, Steiger, and Case built in the book Red 4WD Tractors, 1957-2017. Octane Press provided the following excerpt from the second chapter of the book (in PDF format), which surveys some of the early independent four-wheel-drive tractor manufacturers and what led the Steiger family to build their first big tractor.

This post originally appeared on Hemmings Daily.

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09/12/2017 7:36 AM

The first articulating 4WD tractors started out by a couple of farmers Douglas and Maurice Steiger in Red Lake Falls, Minnesota.

They basically assembly their first tractor by using parts from a construction payloader. The demand grew and they moved their operations to Fargo North Dakota.

Later on, Steiger was purchased by Case International.

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09/18/2017 9:43 PM

A buddy of mines family has a big scrap yard south of Fargo and for years they had the scrap metal contract with the company's manufacturing facilities.

They have commented a number of times on all the odd prototype parts and machines that they have scrapped over the years.

What bewilders me and them is how often they would throw out literal truckloads of brand new parts still in the crates for no apparent reason.

Seems to be a common theme with most manufacturing places to dump a few million dollars in brand new parts in the scrap every few years or less.

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09/18/2017 10:08 PM

There's a lot of reasons to do that, most based in taxes,

  • R&D it's already paid for,
  • most important, they have to pay taxes on inventory.

My nieces husband owns a company that makes paint applications and drying equipment, they do Toyota, OshKosh, Honda, John Deere, etc...

anyways, when they were installing the paint line for Kennedy tool boxes, he said, that there were trash boxes full of new tools boxes,,, with just minor issues...

but the quality program dictates they don't use them, so,the whole complete box unit gets thrown out, drawers, boxs everything not just the damaged part.

because Kennedy makes tool boxes, for Craftsman, Snap-on and a few other big names...

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