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This month’s featured photo was submitted by Mike Smith and features his 1960 Oliver 440. One of only 700 produced, the 440 is a very rare and sought after model. They were designed to be used for cultivating tobacco fields in Virginia, Southern Pennsylvania and the Carolina’s.
“This tractor has a set of cultivators which have been removed. It was up-fitted with a 60″ Woods mower that runs off the PTO. The hydraulic lift cylinder and hoses are with it, as well as the original drawbar, front wheel weights and top link. Pretty much a complete unit. This tractor runs smoothly and is a blast to just drive around.” Mike said.
Mike plans on starting a mechanical restoration in the fall and will finish the project off with a fresh coat of paint and new decals. “We plan on keeping it as a very pretty, working tractor.” said Mike.
This photo was chosen as a winner in our annual photo contest and will be featured in the 2019 catalog.
October’s featured photo was submitted by Jason Anderson and features a 1957 Ford 900 series owned by Rich and Mary Houzner of Elroy, Wisconsin.
About 6 years ago the Houzner’s were in need of a tractor to handle some of the smaller jobs around the dairy farm. When they found this Ford tractor they liked the old style and thought it’s smaller size would make it suitable for their young boys as they started learning to operate farm equipment.
This Ford tractor has done all that and more! It’s become a family favorite to rake hay and corn stalks with and was the perfect edition to the Houzner’s all Ford / New Holland implement fleet.
To view all the 2019 catalog photo contest winning photos, click here.
and will be featured in our 2019 catalog.
by Bill Luecke of Kansas.
“On March 1st, 2012 I purchased this Oliver 2150 from Richard Kreger in Jetmore, Kansas. This is 1 of only 14 made in this configuration. The tractor is a Wheatland model with a planetary rear axle, 478ci Hercules engine, 130 horsepower, over/under hydraul-shift and has serial number 209290-657. It was very sound mechanically, but very bad cosmetically. I removed the cab and restored it. I repaired the doors, installed all new glass, replaced all the padding and even got the air conditioning working. I sandblasted everything, primed it with epoxy primer and painted it with PPG Essential polyurethane. I put everything back to original as much as possible. In April of 2014, I finished the restoration.”
2018 Catalog Photo Contest here.
To see other winning photos that we have previously featured, click here.
Tractor Photography Tips
- Portrait vs. Landscape
Due to the layout of our catalog, portrait photos are more likely to be used on the catalog cover.
- Where’s the Sun?
Natural light is good, but too much can create shadows that could take attention away from the tractor. The contrast between the light and dark areas could be too much for the standard settings on your camera to automatically adjust. Overcast days are usually the best for most photography.
- Location, Location, Location!
Not everyone has access to mountains, fields or a scenic view, but that’s okay! After all, we’re looking for photos of your tractor! You’ve worked hard on your tractor, let it shine! Simply moving your tractor outdoors, parking in front of a barn, or moving it to an open area, etc. can make a huge difference.
- Avoid Distractions
We get it, shops and barns attract clutter and aren’t exactly known for being peachy clean and that’s okay. However, backgrounds can be very distracting in a photo. When you’re familiar with a setting it’s easy to look past things that are right in front of you. Take an extra moment to look around and make sure there’s nothing laying around that will take attention away from your tractor.
- What’s Your Angle?
Before you start snapping away, take a walk around your tractor and see which angle will offer the best composition. You may be very surprised how different things can look from another viewpoint and with the light coming from a different direction.
- What’s Old is New
Whether your tractor is restored, rusty, in use or resting, we look forward to viewing all of your tractor photos!
- Looking for inspiration?
Check out last years winning photos that were featured in our catalog.
by Geoff McGill of Albion, Nebraska.
purchased this tractor when he was a farmer. After he retired
from farming, the tractor was handed down to my dad and sat
in a shed for more than 20 years. In 2016, I decided to start
restoring it.” After alot of hard work, Geoff finished the restoration
and is now looking forward to tractor shows and parade season.