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Tractor Stories – John Deere 40 Utility

Keith VanEaton

I am sending you a picture of my dads and our John Deere 40U tractor and thank you for all your help in supplying the parts I needed for it. We stripped it all down and sandblasted all the parts and painted them, then reassembled them. We started in the Fall and had it done by June for show. We are only using it for show and parades.

This tractor was sold new in Delia a small town West of Hanna, to Henry Ouaschnick. Then sold by auction to Clarnece Shandera, then to my Grand-daddy, his son, my cousin, then my Dad Frank VanEaton. We have a shop in Hanna for our own use. Dad was a heavy duty mechanic with the government and is retired. He grew up on a farm and his Dad had John Deere tractors which were 1927 & 1928 that they farmed with before he left home. I hope you show this picture to your staff and thanks again.

Yours truly,
Keith VanEaton
Alberta Canada

Keith thank you for sharing your story. We are happy to share your story with our staff and all of readers. Congratulations on a project well done.

Share you tractor story with us by emailing your story along with pictures to suzette@steinertractor.com or by mail at Steiner Tractor Parts, ATTN: Suzette, 1660 S. M-13, Lennon, MI 48449

Tractor Stories – 1946 Massey Harris 44K

1946 Massey Harris 44K BeforeBefore

1946 Massey Harris 44K After

The 44K was parked as scrap for 32 years under a tree on a nearby farm of a family member. It was all rusty and need a lot of tender loving care.  He won 2 tractor shows as the best restored tractor last year, till I took both my Massey Harris 44 K and the 745. The 745 then won the trophy.

Deon Kleinhans
South Africa

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Many of us have a photo of ourselves as a child on the family tractor with our Dad or Grandpa.

Relive these memories, check through your old albums and hunt up your photos. We’d love to see ’em! We also invite you to share photos of your children on your tractor. Here’s a few from the Steiner crew to get you started.


To find out who they are check our Tractor Nostalgia album on the blog.

Submit your photos to suzette@steinertractor.com
Steiner Tractor Parts
Attn: Suzette
1660 S. M-13
Lennon, MI 48449