Battle of the Bluegrass Heritage Pulling Series Results

Steiner Tractor Parts was the title sponsor of the Bluegrass Antique Super Pull in Richmond Kentucky on March 20-21, 2015. If you headed out there we hope you enjoyed the show. If you did not make it check out their list of upcoming shows at  Below are a few pictures of last weekends winners sent to us from the nice folks at the Battle of the Bluegrass Pulling Series.


Winner of the Steiner Tractor's Baddest Antique in the World on Friday.
     Winner of the Steiner Tractor’s Baddest Antique in the World on Friday.
Some of the winners in their Steiner Tractor hats.
Some of the winners in their Steiner Tractor hats.
Driver that won on Saturday, being interviewed as the last tractor pulls in his class.
Driver that won on Saturday, being interviewed as the last tractor pulls in his class.
The winner, after he was awarded his hat, along with some other goodies and $500.
The winner, after he was awarded his hat, along with some other goodies and $500.

Repair Your Cub Clutch

2015-Clutch-Repair-SideFinally! A free instructional video demonstrating the correct installation of a Cub clutch. In this newest of our “From the Barn” series – a collection of tractor repair videos offered exclusively online – Rachel Gingell shows you helpful tips and time saving advice when installing the clutch. The Cubs are tricky as they were not equipped with a tube for the throw out bearing to slide on like most tractors. Watch as Rachel and her Mom install our own IHS645 clutch kit and take you step by step through the installation and clutch adjustment. Start watching today!

Buyer Beware: What to Look for when Purchasing an Antique Tractor

SuperH.5Tractor enthusiasts are generally wonderful people. The vast majority are honest and friendly, the salt-of-the-earth folks that you can be confident doing business with.


But every now and then, you’ll run into a seller who isn’t so upstanding. My dad and I have bought thousands of tractors over the years, and we’ve learned the hard way about many tricks that dishonest sellers will use to cover up serious mechanical issues in their tractors. Here, we share seven of the most common tricks – and how to see right through them. JD 430W


  1. A turned-up oil pressure gauge. A dishonest seller can fiddle with the readings on the gauge to make the tractor show great pressure when the pressure is actually quite low. To fight against this, pay careful attention to the amount of smoke the tractor gives off. Excessive smoke can be the warning sign of a worn-out engine.
  2. A lowered oil level. If the engine smokes, a seller can try to mask this by lowering the overall oil level – with less oil in the engine, the tractor won’t smoke as bad. Checking the oil level can help make sure you are getting an accurate representation of the tractor’s condition.
  3. The wrong spark plugs. Dishonest sellers can also combat a smoky engine with hotter spark plugs, which will help burn some of the oil off. Make sure they have the correct spark plugs.
  4. Hydraulic fluid. We’ve seen dishonest sellers put 90W gear lube in the hydraulics to cover-up a worn out hydraulic pump.
  5. Water in the engine. This can be covered-up by changing the oil just before the buyer comes, which flushes the water out of the engine. Check the oil for yourself after letting the tractor run for a while. Make sure that anti-freeze hasn’t made its way into the oil before you leave. Anti-freeze in the oil is usually the sign of a cracked head or a blown head gasket.
  6. Thinned-out oil. On a diesel tractor, check for engine oil that’s been thinned out and smells like diesel fuel. This could be a sign of an injection pump that is leaking into the crank case. Thin engine oil wears out the engine fast and is a big red flag.
  7. Black silicone on the tires. I mentioned this in my previous post, but it’s worth repeating – look over the tires carefully! A dishonest seller can cover up rips or tears with black silicone, but this is just a (dangerous) cosmetic fix.

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Now that you know about these seven common tricks, you’ll be better prepared to guard yourself against dishonest sellers. While just one of these problems doesn’t automatically mean your seller is hiding something (they could just be clueless about the correct spark plugs, after all!), spotting one does mean you should stay alert for others. If you see multiple tricks like these, your seller is no doubt trying to hide something seriously wrong with the tractor.

How about you – what tricks have you seen dishonest sellers use?

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Buyer’s Guide: Top Ten Things to Look at When Purchasing an Antique Tractor

Here are the top ten things to look at when purchasing an antique tractor:


  1. Transmission. Drive forward and reverse in all gears, with no unusual noises or excessive grinding when you change gears. If you’re unfamiliar with the type of tractor you are considering, take a moment to look up a gear schematic (a map of where to find the gears) before visiting the seller.
  2. Tires. These can be expensive to replace, so take the tire condition into consideration. Look them over carefully, too – a dishonest seller can use black silicone to cover up a rip or tear in the tire.
  3. Block. Examine the block closely to check for welds. If there seems to be an issue with the block that isn’t explained by an obvious visual crack, it could be oil in the radiator or antifreeze in the crankcase
  4. Hydraulics. Check both the 3 point hitch and the hydraulics on the loader, if it has one.
  5. Oil Pressure. The tractor should have proper oil pressure – look up what to expect before you leave home.
  6. Compression test. Some purchasers go to the extreme of checking the compression – I believe this is unnecessary. If the tractor starts well and runs strong, you can be confident in the compression. No special test necessary.
  7. Smoke. While a certain amount of smoke is going to be present in an antique tractor (especially a diesel), be wary of anything excessive.
  8. Oil. Some people will write the date on the oil filter. We looked at one tractor not too long ago with an oil filter that was dated in 2009 – indicating that the tractor has had little to no maintenance in the past six years! Yet the seller told me he “took really good care” of his tractor. Red flag!
  9. Obvious mechanical issues. You can’t put everything on a checklist – just pay attention while you drive the tractor around. Major issues with the brakes, power steering, engine running, etc. will stand out if you pay attention.
  10. Extras. Always ask about any extras that the seller may have forgotten about – things like the operator and service manuals, implements, top link, tire chains, drawbar, or even an extra oil filter are often free for the asking.


These are the basics – the top ten things to check every time you buy an antique tractor. Don’t be afraid to purchase a tractor that isn’t perfect. In fact, you’d be hard-pressed to find an antique tractor that doesn’t have a single issue! Rather, be an informed buyer and know what issues on the tractor will need your attention.


Come  back next week for a more in-depth discussion of things to look for when buying an antique tractor, including common cover-ups for major mechanical issues and ways to protect yourself from getting ripped off.



Fertilizer Hopper for your IH Available Now

New Parts for your International Tractor


Our IHS1478 1-row side dresser fertilizer hopper is in stock and ready to ship! Made with extremely durable tough plastic, the body of this hopper will not rust like the original. In addition, the base is cast iron with new gears and has an adjustment lever for flow rate. Made to fit the Cub, A, B, C, Super A, Super C, 100, 130,140, 200, 230, 240, you must have an existing side dresser attachments to bolt this hopper. The hopper also fits many fertilizer attachments. View details >>