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What was the relationship between Ford and Balmar?

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Ultradog MN

02-11-2014 12:34:42




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Ken and I went to look at a tractor today.
In the lot was this loader.
I had seen a Balmar TLB before but never one of these.
I didn't look it over real close as it was only about 10 degrees with about 20 mph winds.
I snapped a couple of pics with the cell phone though.
It looks like it would be fun to own though I have no use for it.

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Kenny bought this.
About a 74 4400 gasser with a bad SOS.
He's got a 6X4 and rear end to put in it.
So we'll switch it out one of these days.
Engine fired right up which was a good sign in the cold.

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HCooke

02-13-2014 12:21:08




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 Re: What was the relationship between Ford and Balmar? in reply to Ultradog MN, 02-11-2014 12:34:42  
There was a nice article about Balmer a few years ago in the N-News. Not at home right now so I can't recall the exact volume. I think they have a search engine on their web site.



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Fordfarmer

02-11-2014 19:06:53




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 Re: What was the relationship between Ford and Balmar? in reply to Ultradog MN, 02-11-2014 12:34:42  
From what I remember reading here, they were all based on Ford 4-cylinder 4000's. Front wheels are chain driven off the rear axle, similar to a skid steer. Steering is via the brakes. The literature in the link says 'sold and serviced by Ford dealers'. I've only seen one in person.

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Colin King

02-11-2014 18:03:52




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 Re: What was the relationship between Ford and Balmar? in reply to Ultradog MN, 02-11-2014 12:34:42  
Neato! Where is this?

Colin



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Ultradog MN

02-13-2014 05:43:52




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 Re: What was the relationship between Ford and Balmar? in reply to Colin King, 02-11-2014 18:03:52  
In Henderson, MN. Just west of LeSeur.



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soundguy

02-11-2014 16:27:38




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 Re: What was the relationship between Ford and Balmar? in reply to Ultradog MN, 02-11-2014 12:34:42  
i love the look of that first loader pictured!



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Kirk-NJ

02-11-2014 15:00:32




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 Re: What was the relationship between Ford and Balmar? in reply to Ultradog MN, 02-11-2014 12:34:42  
Here's a link for the brochure.
https://www.yesterdaystractors.com/cgi-bin/viewit.cgi?bd=ford&th=507679

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Vito

02-11-2014 13:32:18




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 Re: What was the relationship between Ford and Balmar? in reply to Ultradog MN, 02-11-2014 12:34:42  
If i remember correctly they were marketed thru Ford dealerships.The owners of Balmar were former Ford engineers.

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Texas!

02-11-2014 13:24:44




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 Re: What was the relationship between Ford and Balmar? in reply to Ultradog MN, 02-11-2014 12:34:42  
I think Balmar was an abbreviation for Baltimore Maryland. Maybe Ford had a special deal with them to provide the basic tractor then Balmar did the conversion like the County tractors. Tony Jacobs knows about them so hopefully he'll come along soon.



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