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Re: Biggest tractor companys

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1950s? gives some time leeway there. In the IHC history at the Wisconsin Historical Society summary book the sales post war has a ranking with IHC with 35%, JD with 25 to 30% of sales of tractors and agricultural equipment, Ford with 15 to 20% with note that related equipment records from Dearborn equipment, etc contractors had some discrepancies due to sales under both Ford and private names. AC was about 8 to 10 %, Masey Ferguson in later 50s was getting 8-10% and beating AC while Oliver was 5% but strong in Midwest market, minimal in southeast, case with also varying regional records. The IHC, JD, Ford sales were across the country with less variation. Some tractor only records for a couple years, some Equipment sales markets had notes on AC combines, Gleaners, JD balers that were at times better than the competing IHC products. Book close to ends with the 1984 sales, combining with Case after purchase by Tenneco, split of truck line to Navistar. One point to be made was that JD was mainly tractors and related farm/industrial equipment while IHC had some other industrial interests from the trucks, refrigerators/home appliances and even made some very good M1 rifles in WW2. IHC diverse product lines meant management had lots of other market interests and a wrong guess meant less money to invest in tractors, borrowed money meant interst payment, loan schedules to meet that Ford didn"t have with their own capital- but ford had less management interest in tractor late 1950s so things slid for the tractor line while the management concentrated on cars. JD stuck to the farm and industrial/construction market and management focused on their product line improvements. The later 2 cylinders got detail features to keep them partially competitive up to the large power markets wher the 2 cylinder limitations became big market problem- but for the 40 to 75 hp market the hydraulics and live power takeoff, adaption of 3 point hitch made them strong in the farm market. Ford had a big market share in the 25 to 40 hp market with a weakness in the midwest corn belt because of percieved and actual limitations for cultivating inherent in the designs lack of ground clearance in Ns and follow ups. AC,Case, Oliver had good products competitive with the JD and IHC in the mid range/large range/some small range at the time along with the Molines-but the 3 point hitch implements were becoming the standard and the other designs to avoid the Ford-Ferguson patents like the IHC fast hitch, AC quick coupler, Eagle hitch meant limited customers base. Massey-Harris got partnered with Ferguson to get the 3 point patents, JD adapted and paid license for the 3 points and that gave them some market advantage compaqred to the others who had to wait for a federal court to declare 3 point a public domain safety feature. RN

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 Re: Biggest tractor companys in reply to RN, 08-21-2013 10:26:13  
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The IHC Garands are all post WW2 production.

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