Trucks & Heavy Equipment | 17 May 2016The Farmall Tractor: Revolutionized Innovation Share article facebook twitter google pinterest When we think of the term “revolutionize,” we probably picture it describing an extensive list of subjects long before we think about the subject of farming. Farming? Experiencing a seismic shift? Yes. In the 1920s, the first ripples of revolutionized methods reached the farming industry with the invention of the Farmall tractor, and that early innovation has pushed farming—and manufacturing—into the future with great strides. Randy Leffingwell and Robert N. Pripps reveal the genius, struggles, setbacks, and triumphs of the evolution of America’s best-loved Farmall tractor in their photo-rich title, Farmall, 2nd Edition: The Red Tractor that Revolutionized Farming. John Wagner’s beautifully restored diesel 1949 Model MD. IHC built the first one of these on January 13, 1941, and continued to produce them until late March 1952. Photo credit: Randy Leffingwell / Farmall, 2nd Edition 1949 Farmall Cub on Stilts. The Tractor Stilts Company of Omaha, Nebraska, produced its first ultra-high-clearance conversion in 1948. Soon after, it began to manufacture kits for nearly every tractor make and model. Farmers used these conversions frequently for detassling corn. Photo credit: Randy Leffingwell / Farmall, 2nd Edition 1950 Farmall Cub Demonstrator. IHC manufactured its Cubs at the Louisville plant. During the same 1950 promotion, Cub demonstrator models appeared all in white. Photo credit: Randy Leffingwell / Farmall, 2nd Edition The W-6 sat on an 81-inch wheelbase and stretched 130 inches long overall. It measured almost 92 inches to the top of the exhaust pipe. Photo credit: Randy Leffingwell / Farmall, 2nd Edition Farm Equipment Division saw the need for big horsepower machinery and worked with IHC’s subsidiary, Frank G. Hough Company, to create this four-wheel-drive prototype in 1959. Hough engineers gave it two- and four-wheel steering and the capability to crab. But it needed much more horsepower. Photo credit: State Historical Society of Wisconsin, WHiM90-048/430/96 The 40-Series. At Keith Feldman’s farm, it was a gathering of the 40-series row-crop family. The 240 is at left, the 340 in the rear, and the 140 is in the foreground. Photo credit: Randy Leffingwell / Farmall, 2nd Edition 1966 Farmall 1206 Turbo. This was IHC’s first US turbocharged diesel engine and its first to exceed 100 horsepower in a 2WD tractor platform. Photo credit: Randy Leffingwell / Farmall, 2nd Edition The 856 engine provided nearly 90 horsepower at the drawbar and 100 off the PTO shaft. With its standard Torque-Amplifier, even six big plows were no challenge. Photo credit: Randy Leffingwell / Farmall, 2nd Edition 1979 Model 3588. A fresh Iowa snowfall caught this 2+2 in the field. IHC introduced this double two-wheel-drive tractor concept to the marketplace in 1978 with this 150-horsepower version and a 130-horsepower Model 3388 at the same time. Photo credit: Randy Leffingwell / Farmall, 2nd Edition Buy from an Online Retailer US: UK: Farmall, 2nd Edition: The Red Tractor that Revolutionized Farming The complete history of the tractor that changed farming forever. Award-winning author and photographer Randy Leffingwell and renowned tractor historian Robert N. Pripps tell the story of the Farmall tractor, one of the most significant and popular farm tractors ever made. International Harvester’s Farmall ushered in innovations in engineering, manufacturing, and design that changed the world of tractors. Along the way, the Farmall became an icon in agriculture. In Farmall: The Red Tractor That Revolutionized Farming, the history of the Farmall is traced from the first Farmall, developed in the early 1920s, through its evolution to the new Farmall models. The book combines a broad cultural history of Farmall with photos of restored machines, as well as color and black and white archival photography. Trace all of the tractor models, variations, improvements, engine and hydraulic advances, and accompanying implements through every Farmall generation. This new, up-to-date history of Farmall includes the latest models and implements, bringing you all of the information you want about these unique tractors. Randy Leffingwell wrote his first book, American Muscle, in 1989 while still on staff at the Los Angeles Times. Since then, he has authored another 47 titles for Motorbooks and its sister publisher Voyageur Press, including Porsche 911 50 Years, Corvette 60 Years, and The Art of the Corvette. Leffingwell is considered one of the top Porsche historians working today, and he enjoys a close working relationship with Porsche AG. He lives in southern California, about 100 miles north of Los Angeles. Randy Leffingwell is the author and photographer of numerous books on tractors and transportation. Robert N. Pripps has authored and co-authored dozens of farm tractor books, including Classic Farm Tractors, Vintage Ford Tractors, Big Book of Caterpillar, Big Book of Massey, and more. Pripps lives near Park Falls, Wisconsin, where he owns a maple syrup farm. Share article facebook twitter google pinterest If you have any comments on this article please contact us or get in touch via social media.