An Inside View of an Allis Chalmers Collection


Meet Brad Klee of Ruth, Michigan and his
extensive collection of Allis Chalmers 8000 series tractors. Brad, a farmer who specializes in Holstein cattle and custom baling, opened his barn doors to our very own Suzette and Rachel of Wrenching with Rachel. See Brad’s story in this newest series of tractor videos offered online at SteinerTractor.TV.

Free Camo Hat Special

H16Bow hunting started here in Michigan on October 1st,  so we decided to make our 2016 orange Camo hats available early. Our hats normally sell for $5 each but we are giving one away free with each order of $99 or more today thru Monday October 12th, 2015 at 11:59 pm EST.

When you place your order just add coupon code HUNT2015 and a free hat will be added to your order.

You must add the code when you place the order, we cannot open orders once they are placed to add a hat. 

Excuse our mess

Excuse our mess while we get some much needed work done to our parking lot. For customers visiting our store, as well as employees, the new parking lot will be a great improvement when finished. Things are moving quickly and looking good.

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Shop Mule

While visiting the Tr-State Gas Engine and Tractor show in Portland, IN earlier this year, I saw something I had never seen in person before – a Shop Mule tractor.


They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery – if that’s true, then IH ought to have been very flattered by the W. F. Herbard company’s production of the shop mule tractor. While it isn’t exactly imitation, Herbard certainly took Farmall’s tractors and ran with them.


The Shop Mules are compact, powerful versions of IH’s popular tractors. W. F. Herbard, located in Chicago, built them using IH power units and other parts.


Don’t be fooled by the Shop Mule’s cute looks – these tractors pack a punch! Unlike a homemade half-scale version of a letter series tractor, these machines have the full power of their corresponding tractor. They were popular in situations where compact power was needed – inside shops (as the name would suggest!), in airports, and similar places.


Shop Mules take a bit of ingenuity to restore. While many of the parts are interchangeable with letter-series tractors, it takes some work to figure out how everything fits together.


Hubbard made at least four models of the Shop Mule tractor – the A3 Victory, A14, A14 Victory, and A21. Models with the “Victory” designator were wartime production and didn’t use tractor sheet metal.


While I can’t find any mention of the Shop Mule tractor in the IH archives I have access to, I imagine that the Shop Mule’s popularity eventually lead to the production of the Cub Lo-Boy tractor – the closest tractor in the official IH lineup.


How about you – have you ever worked on a Shop Mule tractor? How do they compare to the full-sized versions? Share your thoughts below.