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December Featured Photo

December’s featured tractor photo was submitted
by Ian Nichols of Princeton, Illinois.

“I am a first generation farmer and this was the first time I got to plow snow with my 1969 John Deere 4020. Ahead of the tractor is an eight mile steep gravel drive proven for action in the winter. I live on fifty acres which used to be an apple orchard when my great grandmother was young. She worked here and several years after it closed my parents bought it. Now I raise cattle and enjoy the woods with my parents and grandparents. The model 4020 was my dream tractor from the time I began getting involved in agriculture.” – Ian Nichols

This photo was chosen as a winner in our photo contest and will be featured in the 2020 Steiner Tractor Parts catalog. Check out the other winning photos here.

November Featured Photo

The 2020 Steiner catalog cover has been revealed…

November’s featured photo was submitted
by Randy Walker of Swanton, Ohio.

“Pictured is my dog, Oliver, out on a snowy winter ride on my 1937 Allis Chalmers WC.”

– Randy Walker

This photo was chosen as a winner in our photo contest
and is featured on the cover of our 2020 parts catalog.

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Ford 2N – What color?

My neighbor recently moved back to Chicago and I just couldn’t let him leave without giving his tractor a good home. We made a deal and I fell in love with my first Ford tractor. I could never figure out the paint scheme, as it is opposite of the 8N, grey chassis and red hood. I’ve recently come to discover that it is a 1945 2N and I’m looking to restore it to its former glory. My wife likes the red, but I’m pretty sure it will end up all grey as originally produced…..I guess only time will tell.

Matthew Kotecki

John Deere Projects

1953 John Deere 40 S

Here are some pictures of my John Deere project. This time it is not another tractor, but a wood splitter using a John Deere LU power unit. It is basically like the LA. Some of the features I used are as follows.

  1. Two cylinder LU motor / crank start with magneto.
  2. 16″ tires from my pickup.
  3. Hydraulic pump off of a street sweeper.
  4. Hydraulic ram off a Caterpillar dozer.
  5. Old vehicle axle and hubs.
  6. Large steel beam from scrap yard.
  7. Time, lots and lots of time cutting, fitting, welding, grinding, and painting.

I am happy to say that it will rip or tear any type of wood. It is always in demand from one of my friends or relatives. I love to listen to the Poppon’ Johnny run.

Alan Smith

1953 John Deere 40 S
D4 in the dirt
Wood Splitter

Meet Us At Mecum

We’re hitting the road to join our Mecum Auction friends at their Gone Farmin’ Tractor Auction in Davenport, Iowa November 6th – 9th. With nearly 700 tractors, 100 vintage trucks and 2,000 signs and farm relics available for auction, this Fall Premiere is one you won’t want to miss!

Enter Our Daily Raffle

Stop by the Steiner table and say hello to Suzette, Angie and Lynn and enter our raffle for a chance to win a bundle of goodies including a Steiner gift card!

Free Delivery + $50 Gift Card

Place an order at the auction and get free delivery! If your subtotal is over $250 we’ll throw in a $50 Steiner gift card! Offer is valid on retail orders shipping economy in the contiguous United States.

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1955 John Deere 40 Utility

This is my 1955 John Deere 40 Utility. I farmed 20 acres with this tractor when I was in High School in the late sixties and early seventies. I raised alfalfa hay to feed my cattle and horses. With this John Deere, a John Deere #5 sickle mower and a New Holland #68 baler I also did custom baling.

My brother then took over the tractor and farmed with it until it developed an engine problem. When he sold his farm the tractor came back to me and sat for thirty plus years and the elements and squirrels took a toll on the old machine. I always had a desire to fix the tractor up. I eventually retired and found that I had the time to go to work on it.

Thanks to Steiner I was able to locate the parts to do the restore. An engine overhaul, complete electrical rebuild as well as a complete flush and replacement of all lubricants and it is now running as sweet as it ever did.

What a work horse this tractor was and I spent so many youthful hours on the seat and it sure brings back memories. So happy that I was able to bring it back to life.

John Durand of Yakima, Washington