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The Shermanator: Front-Wheel Drive on the Farm

Posted April 16, 2010 12:01 AM by dstrohl

A front-wheel-drive tractor sounds like unthinkable blasphemy in the Great Plains states. A tracked front-wheel-drive tractor? Boy, they send you to the looney bin for thinking up stuff like that.

Sherman, also sometimes called the Sherman Brothers Manufacturing Company, as we found out from some light digging (get it? you will in a moment…), was the company behind all those "be your own boss with a backhoe" ads in the back of Popular Science and Popular Mechanics in the late 1950s. We also see that the company built transmissions for Ford tractors, along with other agricultural implements designed to attach to Ford tractors. Ford then bought Sherman in 1960 for $2.3 million.

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