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    Default McCormick "Farmall" tractors

    I just found this article and thought some of you might find it interesting. I know I can't be the only person that is fond of the Farmall name. No luck yet with finding a website for these tractors though.

    DES MOINES, Iowa -- McCormick tractors are
    making a comeback, but their modern curves bear
    little resemblance to the red Farmall models that
    dotted the American countryside 80 years ago.

    The sleek European-made tractors are more
    powerful -- the largest are outfitted with
    low-emission, turbocharged 6-cylinder Perkins
    engines -- and jammed with modern technology.

    One feature, however, bridges the old and new --
    they're still red.

    Vermeer Manufacturing Co. of Pella and
    McCormick International, based in England,
    announced an alliance Friday to market McCormick
    tractors in the United States.

    "We'll be partnering with dealers throughout the
    United States starting right after the first of the year,"
    said Joe Michaels, former director of agricultural
    product development at Vermeer, who will become
    managing director of McCormick International
    USA.

    Vermeer, a leading manufacturer of hay equipment,
    will handle parts and service support, as well as
    logistics for shipping and distribution of tractors.

    "We will have that all in place and be able to
    support the product" when it makes its entry into the
    United States, Michaels said.

    The McCormick brand dates back to Cyrus
    McCormick, who invented the McCormick Reaper
    in 1831 and built the giant McCormick Reaper
    Works in Chicago.

    The name first appeared on tractors in 1906, after
    McCormick had partnered with Deering,
    Champion, Milwaukee and Plano to form
    International Harvester.

    The last new McCormick tractor appeared in the
    United States in 1969.

    International Harvester was acquired by Case Corp.
    in the 1980s. Then, Italian tractor-maker Landini,
    parent company of McCormick International,
    acquired the McCormick brand in the 1999 merger
    of Case and New Holland. As part of the merger,
    CNH Global sold its factory in Doncaster, England,
    which had been making tractors since 1949.

    The first Farmall ever produced by the Doncaster
    plant was described as doing the work of 12 farm
    horses. The new range of McCormick tractors --
    the CX, MC and MTX series -- range from 73 to
    176 horsepower.

    Michaels said he was negotiating with Argo Group,
    Landini's parent company, about a new baler earlier
    this year when the first new McCormick tractor was
    unveiled at a trade show in Paris.

    He said the Morra family, who owns Argo Group,
    asked if the Vermeer family, owners of Vermeer
    Manufacturing, would want to work with them on
    the tractor.

    It was just the kind of alliance Vermeer was looking
    for, he said.


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    Default Re: McCormick "Farmall" tractors

    Interesting Rick.
    Looks like Farmall etc.. and Harley still have the touch when it comes to iron..[img]/w3tcompact/icons/cool.gif[/img]

    Thomas..NH [img]/w3tcompact/icons/wink.gif[/img]

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    Default Re: McCormick "Farmall" tractors

    Read the same article in my local paper yesterday, they had a picture of the new tractor. To paraphrase the Oldsmobile commercial, "It's not your father's McCormick"

    If I can get a decent scan, I'll try to post it.


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    Default Re: McCormick "Farmall" tractors

    Rich, I've always considered the Farmall to be the quintessential(sp?) tractor. I'd like to own a restored one someday, just to have one!

    Rich


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    Case/IH closes the plant in England, caus the go together with fnh. So they established the McCormick-brand again, it seems to me that the McCormick and Landini tractors are still the same, I saw them at the "Agritechnica", the had the same Exhibition stand. A friend of mine sell the Case/IH and Steyr tractors, he has just sold also a McCormick. In Germany the McCormicks had a good reputation cause of The D-Series
    smaller Farmers use them already after 30 Years since end of the production, I also own a D 624 built in 1971

    Bernhard, Derichsweiler, Germany


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    Default Re: McCormick "Farmall" tractors

    RichW,
    You wanted a Farmall site? Here you go.........
    http://www.ytmag.com/farmall/wwwboard1.html


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    I've got a 51 Farmall Super C, wide front end with trip bucket & 3 point hitch. If you have a hankering - make me an offer! (Now that I have the 'bota I'm too busy doin stuff to work on the 'C).

    Andy in NH

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    Default Re: McCormick "Farmall" tractors

    scanned from the paper


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    Default Re: McCormick "Farmall" tractors

    Very nice looking machine, I would love to push some "stuff" around with that thing!


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    Default Re: McCormick "Farmall" tractors

    Hate to try and turn that Farmall over w/a hand crank on a cold morning.[img]/w3tcompact/icons/crazy.gif[/img]

    Thomas..NH [img]/w3tcompact/icons/wink.gif[/img]

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