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First State Antique Tractor Club Show

First State Antique Tractor Club Show

The First State Antique Tractor Club, Inc. held it’s 17th annual show on June 16th & 17th at the Ross Mansion, in Seaford, Delaware.  The featured tractors, this year, were Farmall and International.

There were activities for the entire family that included live music, kid’s pedal tractor pull, flea market, food vendors, ace painting, and crafters. The Delaware State Police had a K-9 demonstration and fingerprinting for child safety. The club awarded  four, $1000.oo scholarships, to graduating students, enrolling in college this fall and studying agriculture. Admission and parking were free.

For additional information, please visit our website: www.firststateantiquetractorclub.com

Thank you to Steiner Tractor Parts for their support, supplying hats, t-shirts and goodie bag items.

Are you ready for the Auction?

Are you ready for the Auction?

We will be joining our Mecum Auction friends at the Gone Farmin’ tractor auction in Davenport Iowa on March 31st and April 1st.

Stop by our table and pick up a free 2017 catalog or quarterly magazine. Place your order at the auction and receive free shipping. If your order is over $250 (excluding tax) we’ll throw in a $50 Steiner gift card!

For more details on the auction visit www.Mecum.com

Offer valid for retail orders shipping regular ground in the contiguous U.S.
Orders must be placed at the auction.

Don’t forget to ask for a free coozie and see what is special behind the tag.

Cow Tales for Clubs

Cow Tales for Clubs

Goetze’s Candy, a 127 year old Baltimore based US business, is teaming up with Steiner Tractor Parts and supply a 75 count tub of mini Cow Tales for each of the tractor clubs (up to 400) participating in our club outreach program.  This retail tub can be used for a prize or a game by the clubs, as a giveaway item for exhibitors or guests or for a sweet refreshment at registration or any area of the show.  Last year, Goetze’s Candy also joined in supporting our tractor club outreach program and we are so happy they are on board for another year.

Learn more about Goetze’s Candy Company

Find out where to buy Cow Tales

It’s not too late to sign up for our tractor club outreach. Make sure that only one representative from your club submits a form.  Download the form or see information about our tractor club program.

Don’t forget to look for a few cow tales in your next package from Steiner Tractor Parts!

How to Build a Champion Pulling Tractor

How to Build a Champion Pulling Tractor

Did you know that with enough time, parts, and creativity any tractor can become a champion pulling tractor? My competitive side might make me regret sharing this information, but here are my favorite upgrades to stock tractors.

Let’s take the 560 Farmall for example. On its own, the 560 is a good but not particularly beefy tractor. A few changes, though, can make it a real powerhouse.

First, lighten up the tractor. Replace the heavy-duty cast iron wheels with tin wheels. Get rid of the wide front end and replace it with a narrow front. Remove the 2 point hitch and use just the draw bar.

With all the weight you save by making these switches, you can have fun with the engine. I’d start with a 301 combine engine (non-sleeved). Put in some 806 pop-up pistons with domes. They’ll fit without the sleeves and be very powerful.

Carburation is a game-changer. If the club you’re pulling with doesn’t require a stock manifold, then switch to a combine manifold. If this is against your club’s rules, use the 806 manifold and carburetor on the 301 combine engine.

Putting in hotter plugs is a common mistake, however, the spark plug needs to be the plug that was originally engineered for the tractor (the combine engine used the same spark plugs as the tractor engine originally).

Be sure to run the biggest tire that the club allows. If allowed by your club’s rules, cut tires are a big advantage over standard tires.

A few more details: Put a straight pipe on. Keep the radiator from the 560. Add weight brackets on the back of this model.

This tractor would pull in the 5500-6500 farm pulling class. As pulling tractors go, this one would be very affordable to build and run. It would be a fun project, too! If you’re still looking for a winter project this year, try this one and send us pictures.

Thanks, Brandon Cooley, for the photo.

Tractor Club Questions and Answers

Tractor Club Questions and Answers

tractor-clubsThank you all for your participation in our Tractor Club Outreach survey.

We received over 1,400 responses and we sent the first 1,000 to reply a free STP calendar!  Let us know how you like the 2017 calendar.

This was one of our first attempts at an online survey, we requested your address for the calendar, but not your phone number or email for easier follow up…oops.  Many people asked questions and we want to address a few of the most common ones.

Q:  I didn’t know you had an outreach program. How do I get more information about it?

A:  You can view details of our 2016 program on our website at:  Tractor Club Program   This page will be updated shortly with downloadable forms and information on the 2017 program.   If you expressed interest in the program on our survey,  one person from each club will receive our letter announcing the program in January. Please coordinate with other club members to avoid confusion and help us streamline the process.  Watch your mailbox!

Q:  I don’t belong to a club (67% of the respondents did not belong to a club).  How do I find one in my area?

A:  We have a club locator here on our blog at: Tractor Club Locator.  If you want your club to be included, sign up for our outreach program or email us at:  tractorclub@steinertractor.com with your club information and request to be added or updated on the locator.

Q:  Where can I find a list of shows that you work with?

A:  We have a tractor show calendar here on our blog at: Tractor Show Calendar. Each of these shows on the calendar received materials for distribution.

 

Q:  Will you come to our show and set up a booth?

A:  We are not equipped to travel to shows with a staff and a booth for selling parts.  We do work with clubs to distribute our catalogs and giveaway items and financially sponsor many shows.  In 2016, we did have staff members travel to several shows for our drone footage, photos and videos.

 

Q:  I requested that you contact me about my show and I haven’t heard back yet.  When will you reach out?

A:  Many people asked us to reach out to them. Thank you!  We are setting our budget and our goals for the 2017 tractor club outreach program in November of 2016.  You will receive a letter about the program in early January. If you have a winter show and need to have a discussion before then, please email us at: tractorclub@steinertractor.com.

 

Q:  I am in a tractor club and we don’t receive catalogs or giveaways from you.  Why not? 

A:  Simply because we don’t know about your club yet!  We are adding all of you that showed interest to receive our mailing in early January.  Thank you for your interest! We look forward to working with you in 2017.

 

We received great feedback that will help us grow the tractor club program in 2017.  We love to hear from new people and look forward to working with everyone again next year.  If you have feedback or questions about the program, please feel free to reach out to Elizabeth at tractorclub@steinertractor.com

Custom Built 1/16 Scale Pulling Tractors

Custom Built 1/16 Scale Pulling Tractors

Take a close look at these tractors – they’re the most detailed scale model tractors I’ve ever seen!

I met the creator, Dale Woodliff, at the Dyersville toy tractor show last weekend. These pristine, 1/16th pulling tractor models are individually handmade in Kendall, Wisconsin.

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Dale is a retired farmer and heavy equipment operator. He’s been making models for over 30 years. The first model he made was a copy of his own personal pulling tractor, the EXCITER. This model is now on display at the National Farm Toy Show Museum in Dyersville, Iowa. The full-sized tractor is in the Retired Tractor Museum in Bowling Green, Ohio.

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Dale’s workshop includes mini-lathes, mini-mills, a scroll saw, several vices, a band saw, and other normal shop tools. The tractors are built from aluminum, brass, and stainless steel.

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How long does it take to make one of these models? Dale told me that most models take 90-105 hours of labor, but some are even more complex.

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This tractor took him 200 hours to complete.

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This tractor took more than 600 hours to make! Wow!

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While Dale primarily makes models for his own enjoyment, he also accepts commissions. He’s made several tractors for customers. The showpiece, however, is his spectacular 250 model personal collection.

Thanks for sharing with us, Dale!

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John Deere Lanz Tractors

John Deere Lanz Tractors

Here’s a cool find: a German-made John Deere tractor!

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John Deere exported American-made tractors all over the world. After World War 2, the company was ready to make a big jump forward in their overseas sales. They quickly learned that imported tractors were too expensive to compete in overseas markets. If John Deere was going to become popular overseas, the best way to grow would be to manufacture the tractors overseas too.
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In 1955, John Deere sent a representative to negotiate the purchase of a controlling interest in the German Heinrich Lanz AG tractor and harvester company. The Lanz tractor company was well-known in Germany. Their Bulldog tractor was incredibly popular, with more than 220,000 produced over a 40-year span. Even today, Germans will sometimes use the word “bulldog” to refer to any tractor.
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By 1955, however, the Bulldog model was 25 years old. The market was ready for an upgrade, and war-torn Europe was ripe for American investment.
It took 5 years for John Deere’s new German factory to get up to speed. Huge changes were made to the product line, culminating in the 1960 release of the John Deere-Lanz 500 and the similar John Deere-Lanz 300. These tractors were the first John Deere designs made in Europe. The tractors are similar to the John Deere 3010, but they are not an exact copy. They were designed specifically for the European market, taking into account parts availability, common European designs, and the needs of European farmers.
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These tractors were very successful in Europe. John Deere soon set up manufacturing facilities in France to supply the German operation. Before long, John Deere was replicating this strategy worldwide. One year after the John Deere-Lanz 500 was introduced, John Deere had operations running in 6 countries (including the US).
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It’s rare to find JD-Lanz tractors here in the United States. Parts are difficult to find, making them a real challenge to restore. The one shown in these photographs was at a local Mecum auction in June 2016. What a neat treasure!
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Tractor Club Support

Tractor Club Support

 

2016-tractor-show-statsThis Summer, Steiner Tractor Parts supplied materials to over 325 tractor clubs across the United States.

We are very grateful for the opportunity to be involved with so many great tractor shows and look forward to helping keep the old iron tradition alive.

Take a look at our infographic to the left to see a break down for this year.

If you have a tractor club that would like our help go to our tractor club page for more information and an application for the 2017 show season. Items are given on a first come basis so make sure to get your form submitted early.

Check out some footage that Suzette took while traveling to some tractor shows throughout the midwest. More videos coming soon!

On the Road with Rachel: Michigan’s Largest Tractor Show

On the Road with Rachel: Michigan’s Largest Tractor Show

Over the weekend I visited the Mid-Michigan Old Gas Tractor Association’s show in Oakley, Michigan. This show is the largest tractor show in Michigan.

All colors of tractors are welcome. Hundreds of tractors were on display. Here are a few highlights:

Everyone can appreciate a nice row of John Deere tractors–Dubuque built tractors as well as new generation tractors.

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I think I saw more pulling tractors at this show than any other tractor show I’ve been to! I wish I could have seen more of them pull but due to my schedule I could only see a handful actually pull.

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I can’t think of a single tractor brand that I didn’t see. Here are a few pictures of the less common brands:
Silver King

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Eagle and Huber (commonly recognized Case and JD tractors between)

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Shepard

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John Blue

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Chamberlain (a first for me)

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A few people were droolling over this perfectly restored Farmall 400:

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I had to chuckle at the exhaust on this tractor

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and the ingenuity of the cab on this tractor.

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It’s always fun to see harvesters like this mounted New Idea corn picker

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and this combine in great original condition.

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Shows are a great opportunity to also see the really old tractors operating, like this Rumley:

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Below are a few more tractor pictures to enjoy:

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If you’re looking for a new show to attend, be sure to add this show to your list next August!

Painting Tractors

Painting Tractors

Check out this painter, Charles (Chuck) Freitag! He’s my favorite tractor artist, and for good reason!

I met up with Chuck earlier this summer. We’ve been working together for a while now (Chuck is the artist behind the Oliver fabric that my mom and I produced), and it’s always fun to see him in person!

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There are three things that make me a huge fan of Chuck’s work:

1. His attention to detail. Chuck really loves tractors, and it’s apparent in his art. He works hard to get all the little details right. His paintings aren’t just of generic tractors in a field – they are specific tractors, accurate down to the smallest details.

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2. His focus on happy farm memories. Chuck’s artwork is full of family scenes. Chuck grew up on a family farm in Iowa. He has a firsthand understanding of farm life, and his artwork reflects people working hard and having fun alongside their families (and favorite tractors). I love it!

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3. He’s a really fun guy to be around! I’ve enjoyed getting to know Chuck over the years. He’s been painting for 25 years and certainly knows his stuff, but he’s very approachable and fun to be around. Chuck still lives in Iowa. He’s married and is the father of 6 children.

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If you’d like to see more of Charles Frietag’s work (or purchase a print for yourself), check out his website!

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