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Life With All Our Tractors

I was born and raised here on a 280 acre farm in West Central Wisconsin. My Great Grandfather purchased the farm in 1897. My wife Kathy and I built our home on the Northeast corner of the farm in 1977. We had Case and IH tractors and equipment when I was growing up.

In 1970 I worked on the Loren Young farm and he had Olivers, 880, Super 88 and 77, all diesels. I fell in love with those Olivers and his daughter Kathy. We were married September 1, 1973. We have four children and seven granchildren. My son Scott and I are diesel mechanics by trade, we have a large shop were we work on our old tractors, six of which are sued for antique and farm pulling.

My grandson Xander pulled his Moline U for the first time in Fountain City. He took a 1st and 2nd in his classes. His dad Scott and I were very proud of him. He did a great job for only being 8 years old, but he has lots of hours of practice at home. We had three generations pulling that night.

We have purchased parts from Steiner Tractor Parts over the years. You have an excellent and friendly staff with reasonably priced parts. I also enjoy your catalog. Here are a few photos of some of our collection.

Ed and Kathy Chamberlain
Black River Falls, Wisconsin

May Featured Photo

May Featured Photo

May’s featured photo was submitted by David Batliner and features a Massey Ferguson 1130. It was restored in 1994 and is one of many tractors from David and Joe Batliner’s collection. The mail pouch barn in the background is located in Lanesville, Indiana, home of the Lanesville Heritage Festival.

This photo was chosen as a winner in our annual photo contest and is featured in the 2019 catalog. Click the button below to view all of the winning photos.

April Featured Photo

This month’s featured photo was submitted by Mata Banks of New Tazewell, Tennessee. “Dancing in the hayfield is our John Deere 5410 leading the way and the rake happily following JD’s lead. We call this the East Tennessee Farming Tango.” said Mata.

This photo was chosen as a winner in our annual calendar photo contest and is featured in the 2019 Steiner calendar.

Allis Chalmers B

Our customer, Kenneth, in Idaho is doing a complete restoration on an Allis Chalmers B.  He’s been purchasing everything to rebuild from Steiner. 

Parts to rebuild the Fairbanks Morse magneto, new gauges, a new battery box, carb rebuild,  a new steering wheel, various gaskets, eccentric style rear wheel clamps, seat cushions and hardware, muffler and raincap as well as various knobs, caps, cables and boots. 

Thanks for being such a loyal customer, Kenneth! We can’t wait to see this project come together.  Keep the pictures coming!

March Featured Tractor Photo

This month’s featured photo was submitted by Dale Wells.

Dale’s 1957 John Deere 720 and a John Deere 720 peddle tractor.

“This John Deere 720 diesel was purchased from a friend who planned to part it out about 3 years ago. It was in pretty rough shape. About a year later for Fathers Day my kids bought a John Deere 720 peddle tractor thinking the antique tractor would never move from its spot in the barn.
My son Jim and I began working on it, acquiring the parts to rebuild it with the help of our local John Deere dealer and Steiner, as we tried to keep it as original as possible. We finished this project mechanically in March of 2018. With the help of our friend John Eicher and his boys Jeremy and Brandon, the final touches of paint, tires and reassembly were completed just in time for my son Jim’s wedding in May. Thanks to all those who worked many hours to make this tractor come back to life!” – Dale Wells


Check out all of the winning photos from our annual tractor photo contest that were chosen to be featured in our 2019 catalog.

February Featured Tractor Photo

This month’s featured tractor photo was submitted by Josiah Waldner and features his Allis Chalmers model CA tractor.


“This tractor was purchased from a neighbor’s estate sale. It had not run for many years but was in good mechanical condition. After a fresh paint job, new decals, and new wiring, it looks like new!” – Josiah Waldner


Check out all of the winning photos from our annual tractor photo contest that were chosen to be featured in our 2019 catalog.


Hickory Ridge Farm Tractor Show

Hickory Ridge Farm History

This story is more about a place rather than a tractor. In 1980 a husband and wife decided to have an antique tractor show at their home. Just like any event the first was small but successful. The duo had a unique love and common hobby of antique farm equipment. Together Horrace and Norma Potter owned over 300 pieces! They easily could have shown their own equipment and had an amazing show, but they chose to open it up and share the hobby with other restorers.

Annual tractor show

The annual tractor show went on for 20 years in Milford, Delaware until the Potters hung up their hats in 2000. Now this is where two lives collide. In 1991 on the 10th annual Hickory Ridge Farm Show a 15 year old named Russell Geyer III started showing his own farm equipment. Russell showed equipment and participated in the tractor pull competition. Russell being a part of a farming family loved Hickory Ridge. Horrace taught him how to compete. Russell competed at Hickory Ridge for 4 years.

Purchasing and restoring antique farm equipment

After high school graduation he, like most graduates, joined the working class. In 2014 Russell purchased and restored a tractor his family bought new in 1963 which appeared in his wedding to his wife. In 2015 Russell and his wife began purchasing and restoring antique farm equipment. Again a husband and wife team up to rescue these long forgotten power houses. By 2018 the Geyer’s had 18 tractors. Nothing compared to the Potter’s but its a goal to work towards.

Hickory Ridge Tractor Show

A new legacy

After Norma Davis Potter passed away in 2017 the farm was prepared for a new legacy and going up for sale. Friends of the family connected Russell with the Davis/Potter family and in October 2018 Mr. Geyer purchased Hickory Ridge. Vendors, tractors, and exhaust had not filled the show grounds in 20 years. Children had not ran through the property eating hot dogs. People from surrounding states had not taken in Hickory Ridge’s beauty. Russell remembers the smells, the roar of a tractor pulling a load down the track, the American flag whipping in the wind. Russell and his wife vowed to the family the show would come back to Hickory Ridge.

Hickory Ridge Antique Tractor Club

On November 3rd 2018 the first Hickory Ridge Antique Tractor Club held its meeting. Bylaws and rules were formed, positions were filled, and a sense of pride fell over the 5 members and even 2 junior members in attendance. The club is working hard to have the second Annual Hickory Ridge Antique Tractor Show in August 2019. We are looking for more members, including youth members, more vendors, and more sponsors. The family and club want the show to be just like it was. It was a place where history came alive, festivities were affordable, and memories could be made. Hickory Ridge is back and ready to get the show started!

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January Featured Tractor Photo

January’s featured photo was submitted by John Fleming.
This month’s featured tractor photo was submitted by John Fleming and features his 1950 Co-Op E3 Diesel. “Cockshutt built very few of this model with the diesel engine. Some sources claim only 400 were built. I am still in the early stages of restoration but will be relying on Steiner Tractor to provide many of the parts I will need.” said John.
To view all of 2019 catalog contest winning photos, click here.