The Early Days of CaseIH
The history of Case IH is goes back to the 1902 merger of the McCormick Harvesting Machine Company and Deering Harvester Company. Cyrus McCormick founded the McCormick Harvesting Machine Company and became famous for his mechanical reaper in 1831. William Deering founded the Deering Harvester Company.
Some of the first International Harvester’s were the 10-20 and 15-30 tractors. The Titan 10-20 was powered by an International two-cylinder engine and had two forward speeds. The 10-20 was rated at 10 draw-bar and twenty belt horsepower. The Titan 15-30 was unique because it gamed the nickname “Flaming Four” because after dark, other farmers could identify one by the flames shooting out the exhaust.
In 1924, the Farmall tractor was introduced by the McCormick-Deering division of IH. This was needed to counter Ford Motor Company’s Fordson tractors. From 1939 to 1952, over 390,000 Farmall H’s were sold helping it become one of the top selling tractor models of all time. Farmall used new ideas like the Ellwood front-wheel-drive modification for the Farmall M and also during World War II removed rubber and other crucial manufacturing raw materials. Demonstrator models such as the Cub, Farmall C, and the Super A were produced in order to promote its small line of tractors.
In 1955, International Harvestor introduced the numbered series for their line of tractors. One of the most advanced, and unique, features of the early numbered series was the IH Electrall. This idea never caught on with the public, probably because it was too advanced for its time. It was made by General Electric and could be used as a generator on the farm.
In August 1965, International Harvester again made history by introducing the 1206 Turbo Diesel tractor, which was its first 100+ horsepower tractor. Five years later, in 1970, IH would try to get sales for the 56 series tractors by introducing the Golden Demonstrator tractor. However, this was not only used to sell the 56 series, but also get ready for the 66 series.
In the Fall of 1971, the IH 66 series was introduced. Many improvements were made on the 66 series, especially in the engine department. The 400 series engine proved to be a hit with customers. IH also introduced the 1468 V-8 to compete with the Massey Ferguson 1155.
In the winter of 1974, International reached another milestone. On February 1, 1974, IH announced the making of its 5 millionth tractor. It was first displayed in Louisville, Kentucky, at the National Farm and Machinery Show. Many ideas were developed on how to promote the 5 millionth, one of which included making a toy tractor from Ertl. However, this was going to be too expensive. Ironically, the toy would eventually be made. The 5 millionth tractor is today on display at the Montana State Ag Museum. Thirteen dealers from Montana bought the tractor after it was offered to IH dealers in 1976.
In September 1976 the 86 series was introduced, in 1978 the 84 series was introduced, and in September 1981, International’s last series of tractors, the 50 series, was produced. Tough economic times hit rural America hard and it also hit IH hard as well. On May 14, 1985, a 5488 was the final tractor built at the Farmall Plant. Tenneco purchased International Harvester and merged it with J.I. Case to form Case IH. In 1999, Case IH merged with New Holland to form CNH.
CaseIH 8500 Air Hoe
Farm Progress Show 1993
Fargo Built 4wds "The 9100 Series"
"We are One"
When I saw the theme for this month was Case IH, I had to think long and hard about what I was going to write about.
2006 Toy Tractor Times
This month’s highly anticipated replica is the 2006 Toy Tractor Times Anniversary model, the International 1066.
30 Years of Axial-Flow
Although the Axial-Flow story starts 30 years ago, the real history begins a lot further back.
The Magnum tractor turns 20 in 2007. In 1987 CaseIH revolutionized the tractor industry with a new tractor series called Magnum.
As I sit here and start writing this article I think of the productive day I had in my workshop...
Did you know that Farmall produced 325 tractors in one day?
Case 2470 Traction King
The 29th National Farm Toy Show Tractor was introduced by Toy Farmer at the 2007 Lebanon, IN toy show.
We struck gold today. Ben Holmes from Cambridge England is our guest writer this month.
Farm toy sales and some early attempts at shows began to happen after 1975...
Case International 2594 Dealer Edition
The combination of J.I. Case and International on November 26, 1984 was a major change in the farm equipment industry.
Model Farm History
This month I would like to share some ideas on creating a displays farming past.
A little bit of talk on Toy Talk and the theme for the month made it easy to decide what to write about.
Since the March 2007 Toy Tractor Times is featuring Red Power & Customs, I went back in time to the March 1994 Toy Tractor Times Magazine in order to give you a look at what was going on 13 years ago.
The April 2007 Toy Tractor Times is our annual "Time for Spring" issue. We will feature spring tillage and planting. Look for Toy Tractor TV videos on John Deere, CaseIH, Kinze and White corn planters. Our special Toy Tractor TV segment for April will be the new Kinze 36 row bulk fill corn planter in action. Looking for an exciting custom on the April cover.
One of the most sought after CaseIH collectors edition is the Denver Magnum. The 1/16 7130 Denver Magnum was the first Magnum toy. Ertl produced the Denver Magnum for the 1987 CaseIH dealer meeting in Denver Colorado. Dealers attending the 1987 dealer meeting were introduced to an all new tractor called Magnum. The Magnum tractor was the first new tractor from CaseIH combining International Harvester's and Case's tractor designs.
The IH STS transmission and new generation cab were combines with Case design to create the Magnum. Twenty years later the Magnum line has become a modern day classic like the Farmall line that includes the M, 806, 1206 and 1066. The 1/16 Denver Magnum was only available to CaseIH dealers attending the 1987 Magnum launch. This is a must have model for any serious 1/16 CaseIH collection.
Toy Tractor Times member John Randall purchased his Denver Magnum for $120 at the Lebanon, IN toy show this month. Send your rare toy finds to email@example.com and you might see it in the next issue.
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David Hinton's Website features Louisiana rice farming at its best. David's Toy Talk slogan, “Cajuns' like to put tractors in water” sums up Louisiana rice farming well. Check out David's website to see a CaseIH STX375 HD working in water like a boat cutting across a lake and to see his 1/64 model rice farm.