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Re: Why were British Farmalls behind the times?

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mkirsch

12-03-2012 11:04:10
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Funny you mention the 454 and 574, because even those were backward compared to US-built tractors from 10 years previous...

As I understand it, hydraulics on UK-spec 454's and 574's were typically a single one-way remote, if the tractor had auxiliary hydraulics at all. In the USA, that kind of hydraulic system was obsolete by 1955.

Here again, these tractors did not have a TA, or powershift of any sort, in a 1970's era tractor.

There was a lot of technology that revolutionized farming in the USA during that period. It just seems funny that IH didn't even *TRY* to introduce it in the UK.

What was the difference? Did IH just not care? Were there cultural differences? Were there political issues (i.e. tariffs, patents)?

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MJ in the UK

12-04-2012 01:02:05
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 Re: Why were British Farmalls behind the times? in reply to mkirsch, 12-03-2012 11:04:10  
When i sold the 454 and 574 tractors we allways had them come from the factory with one single acting valve and one double acting valve. MJ



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495man

12-03-2012 12:36:19
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 Re: Why were British Farmalls behind the times? in reply to mkirsch, 12-03-2012 11:04:10  
I think you will find Euro spec IH stuff much more advanced. US IH hung onto H and M based tractors right until the 06 series...

B450 was certainly more advanced with integral 3pt, direct start diesel and differential lock. IH even imported B450's for the US market.
What did US IH plants build in the 50's that had direct start diesel, 3pt hitch, diff lock, live PTO, multirange transmission that they didn't borrow a skid unit from the UK? B-414 anyone? that tractor made 1950's US stuff look obsolete.
The 74 series could be had with double acting hydraulics, TA and even in a hydrostatic version.
Funny that the 54/74 series of tractors was made well into the 2000's while every US built design was LONG gone.

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