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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

McCormick-Deering History Challenge

Our farm has been in the family since February 27th, 1907. I have purchased a horse drawn manure spreader for an attention grabber for our feed store.  I have located the IHC stamped into the castings of a few parts and would like to put the vintage of the unit on the plaque we will have made.  Education of the public is sorely needed in our area of south western Vermont.  Our farm is divided by the state line.  The unit has a narrow front end and a false front with wooden table. When empty you lift a lever and the apron chain reverses until the false front is at the front.
My research is that this is likely an early model of when McCormick-Deering was formed. So the early 1900’s to possible 1912.  From my internet searching I did see two other pics of the same or similar unit but in mostly frame only status and one did have side boards.
I tried to get a pic of the three gear sizes on the one drive wheel that drives the apron chain. I am assuming that the different load numbers are loads per acre for more precise accounting of nutrients applied per acre.  I also included pics that have multiple locations of the IHC logo. One photo shows how the chain style changes when the floor boards are attached.  The photo of the bed shows the mechanics of how the foot lever engages the reversal of the bed chain to reset the false front.  Someone has added a square tube to release the reversal system when the front is back in position.

My family farm is the Norton Family of Bennington, Vermont.  It was purchased by Emma Norton Emmons. Emma was John Norton’s daughter as I recall the family tree.  Norton is a very popular pottery that one can go onto Ebay and find many items for sale for prices that are pretty high, as it is one of the more popular brands in New England in its time. I had a piece that was a part of a toy collection that I had when growing up. I saw the identical piece on ebay sell for $1200.  Unfortunately the toy set was destroyed when our home burned in 1976.  Fun how what is one persons toy is another persons treasure.  Maybe this is part of the reason I am so interested in history.
Thank you,
Ben Gaines
Hoosick Falls, New York
Generation 4 owner.


1948 Case SC

Case-Eric-Joly1948 Case SC that I bought about 15 years ago from a neighboor in the intent to restore it some day to use for blowing the snow out of my driveway (because of the back hydraulics and eagle hitch) which I never got to do until last year with the help of my dad, friends and family who helped me restore it. Special thanks to all of them as I couldn’t of done it without them.

Eric Joly
Hammond, Ontario Canada

Dad’s Farmall M

Andy-Bereza-2I just wanted to quickly share the tractor of my dads that was restored this past summer. Attached are three pictures, one of him on it while raking a little hay, one after I finished restoring it, and one of both him and my mom. My dad was diagnosed with multiple myeloma about two and a half years ago and unfortunately it was too progressed to treat it effectively. The photo of him on it was one of the last times he was able to get up on it and use it and I think for him that was harder than the actual cancer. Andy-Bereza-3

Well given the situation I decided I wanted to restore the M but trying to get him to allow it was quite a struggle. Eventually he gave into it and I started with a few purchases of needed parts and a plan to get it done. I knew time was short and I would have to hurry because I so hoped to help him up into the seat and give him a chance to have a tractor that was “NEW”. Something he never had, as money was never in large supply. As life would prove to me what I thought I could do was not going to happen. I had no more than removed the sheet metal from the tractor when he took a turn for the worse. This was July 28th of 2015. He went from doing rather well to the doctor giving him 4-5 weeks, how was I ever going to get this done? Well given I was raised by a guy who didn’t quit it must have rubbed of on me and I worked ridiculous hours at every given moment of free time to try to complete the project. I have a full time job starting at 6am and out at 4:30 each day and after work I would drive to the farm and work on the M until I could go no more, head home and sleep then repeat it again. On August 22nd 2015 my dad passed away without ever being able to see his tractor complete in fact he saw very little of the progress as the cancer had ended up completely taking over. I finished it two days later. A drive and push like I’ve never had before with energy that came from him somehow, helping me complete it. Four weeks from old to new! Although my heart was broken and it didn’t feel complete without him he didn’t leave without the tractor. A picture of it, sorry not included, because its very much a personal one, went along with him. His tractor will always be there.

Andy-Bereza-1 DADS M as its labeled runs like a champ. It doesn’t spit, sputter or stumble in any way. Its strong and steady just like he was. Thank you for allowing me to share this, and thank you for having the parts for me to make it look and run good again.

Andy Bereza
West Olive, Michigan

John Deere 60 Before and After


John Deere 60 Before Restoration


One of our winners, Kris Johnston, of our Farm First Kits, sent in this story and pictures of their 1952 John Deere 60 restoration. Thanks for sharing!

1952 John Deere Model 60. This was my wife’s Dad’s last tractor. It was sold at his farm auction in 1988. The fellow that bought it left it set outside in a weed patch since then, so the weather took its toll. Aaron Sheetz of Stockport, Iowa did the major part of the restoration, and we did use some parts from Steiner. Restoration was started in October of 2014, and finished June 6, 2015. We took the tractor to the Scotland County Antique Fair in Memphis, Missouri the latter part of August 2015, and received the Best Restored Classic Tractor there out of about 75 shown.

Kris Johnston
Columbus Junction, Iowa
John Deere 50 after restoration

Tractor Story – 1959 Allis Chalmers D10



This is my 1959 D10 Allis Chalmers before and after. It was given to me by my dad in Bunn N.C. where it was used for years on a tobacco farm. With the help of Steiner Tractor I restored it to like new condition. The tractor is now used for hayrides and parades.

Jim Turner
Mims, Florida

Giving Tuesday

GIVEToday is #GivingTuesday let’s all remember to share with those less fortunate. Whether it is a donation of money, gift or your time it will be a gift that gives back with the good feeling your receive when you help others. #STP has been giving to the #SalvationArmy on a monthly basis for over 20 years. Let us know how you give back and help inspire others.

Ford 8N ~ Think Pink

Kevin-PontelI made this Ford 8N for my girlfriend Sarah Garde who is a breast cancer survivor. She is on the board for the Jefferson County Cancer Coalition and the tractor is used in fundraising events around Wisconsin and anywhere. I cut ribbons in the wheels and other places. My friend Mark Kerttula airbrushed all of the Coalitions logo and the other words. Thie tractor has been signed by several Green Bay Packers players as well that we have met at the different events. it has definitely brought awareness to this awful disease.

Kevin Pontel
Whitewater, Wisconsin

Massey Harris 44 ~ Think Pink

Douglas-KirbyMassey Harris 44 special. I was raised in the welfare system and put out on a farm at age 13. There I learned to drive my fisrt tractor. After many years I found and restored a 44 special. This is my tractor I use in parades. This tractor had set for 18 years when I got it so I had my work cut out for me . It runs super well and I love it.

Douglas Kirby
Catawba, Wisconsin

1941 Farmall A ~ Think Pink

Murray-BennettThis 1941 Farmall A started its life with the Canadian military – being used to pull aircraft around. Shortly after my dad came home from the Second World War, he purchased the tractor from an Army Surplus Store in Smiths Falls, Ontario. Growing up as a young child, I have very fond memories of dad teaching me how to drive the tractor, and I will never forget the pride I felt as I drove all over the farm, my dad standing behind me on the drawbar. At one time, the tractor planted over 350 acres with a 4-row corn planter. My dad built a wooden plow to plow snow with it, and we’d even retrofitted it to milk cows! Unfortunately, in the early 1960s, as our needs changed, my dad decided that it was time for an upgrade, and the A was sold to a neighbour for $400.00. My dad passed away unexpectedly not long after that, but I never forgot about the old Farmall A that had such an influence on my early years. I learned that the neighbour had since sold the tractor, but amazingly, I was able to locate it fairly easily, as it had been sold to another neighbour. So, a quarter of a century after my dad had first brought that Farmall A home, I was $1200 lighter and it was back in the laneway of our family farm, in much worse condition than it was the last time I watched it drive away. I set to work restoring and overhauling the A, and went on to use it for many more years around the farm, including using it to teach my own children how to drive a tractor. It has been to parades, won plowing competitions, and been a constant, special reminder of my father who was taken far too soon.

In 2011, I was preparing to repaint it and do some major work to it, and had it completely stripped in my shop. Due to very unfortunate circumstances, my beloved tractor ended up outside in a field, completely exposed to our harsh Canadian winter, where it sat for the next two years. Using Steiner parts and a lot of patience, I slowly started to piece my tractor back together. Even after I had spent countless hours sanding, painting, and reassembling, I still had no idea whether or not the engine would even fire. I will never forget that sunny August day when I started that old tractor up, and it sounded like it had just come from the factory. So, 73 years later, with a few modifications, my Farmall A is still going strong, and I hope that it will be for many more years to come. I have included a photo of it laying in the field, and what it looks like today, with the restoration almost complete. FARMALL!

Murray Bennett
Ontario, Canada