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TAS Country : August 12th 2010
24 Tasmanian Country Friday, August 13, 2010 Tractors Case of misshapen identity TRAGIC Tractor Glenn Shaw There have been a good many tractors built that prove to be solid, reliable performers that sold well in some areas yet, remain relatively unknown in others. ONE Company that well illustrates this scenario is J.I. Case, which was almost a household name in the Victorian wheat fields but only occasionally heard of in Tasmania until the later models, David Brown tractors of the 1970s and subsequent Case- IH merger of the 1980s. This was of course no reflection on the quality of the tractors built by J.I. Case Company in former years. Founded by Jerome Increase Case in 1842 as the J.I. Case Threshing Machine Company in Roches- ter, Wisconsin USA a reputation for innovation and excellence was soon forged. The works were relocated to Racine Wisconsin in 1844 through arguments over water rights for his planned new factory in Rochester and by 1848 J.I. Case Threshing Machine Company was the largest employer in Racine. In 1863 there was further expansion with Jerome Case taking on three business partners in Massena Erskine, Robert Baker and Stephen Bull to form J.I. Case and Company with the famous ''Old Abe'' bald eagle mascot adopted in 1865 which would be synonymous with Case products until the late 1960s. Case Company began production of steam engines in 1869 --- while these were horse drawn portable units it did not take long to progress to an excellent range of traction engines that peaked in the production of the massive 110hp unit, although six gigantic 150hp examples were reportedly built. Gasoline engines were still in their infancy when Case produced their first prototype example in 1892. Case made giant steps with the gasoline engine in 1910 by purchasing the Pierce Motor Company which put them into luxury automobile pro- duction --- in 1911 their 30-60 two cylinder gasoline tractor won them a gold medal for engineering excellence. The 30-60 model tractor would prove to be short lived but the similarly designed model 20-40 would enjoy a long production run and be built alongside a new range of Case tractors known as the ''cross mounts'' with their across the frame engine design. Starting from the diminutive 9-18hp model, the cross mount design of 4-cylinder tractors ran up through to the 15-27hp, the 22-40hp models and would peak with the massive 40-72hp model of which very few were made and only a handful exist with collectors today. By 1924 Case had shelved automobile pro- duction to concentrate on farm machinery and although the cross mount tractors were looking dated, their reliability would see them re-rated as the models 10-20hp, 18-32hp and the 25-45hp. Although uncommon in Tasmania, the cross mount tractors sold here did sterling work and were well thought of by their owners. The Case Company was again re-organised in 1928 as the J.I. Case Company which would see Case being taken into a new age with a totally new tractor design in 1929. This tractor was the Model L which followed conventional design with an inline engine, traditional hand clutch, three speed transmission and enclosed chain final drive. The sales brochure proclaimed ''New Power for a New Age'' and soon gained a faithful following --- for belt driven jobs it was the last word in smooth power delivery. A smaller brother joined the big Model L in 1930, the little C Model well suited to smaller farm holdings --- again both models sold well on the mainland but only the odd example made it to Tasmania. Maybe it was cost --- at the time few competitors could compete with the Fordson tractor which in the 1920s was being sold for less than it cost to make (Henry Ford was making enough from T model cars that he could absorb the loss on tractors).. Certainly Tasmania received a lot of McCor- mick Deering 10-20 tractors, the price was right and the dealers marketed them aggressively. Case had good products but they were expensive It's now easier to sell your cattle at Brighton. Due to increased demand our scales will open every second Monday, 10 am -- 1 pm, starting on August 16. Call Cade Ebdon 0409 437 950 or Michael Ardle 0428 134 122 for more information, or to book your cattle in. It's what you would expect from a company fully committed to the Tasmanian cattle industry. Brighton every fortnight Prompt payment always at Greenham. 6452 2701 www.greenham.com.au RGM/GRT34869 Like to know more? Then just ring: Elliot Mainwaring Circular Head 6456 1300 0419 131 458 Nick Strickland Central / N-W 6433 3230 0417 335 843 Ian Millen Central East 6344 8915 0408 133 685 Daniel Sinclair North-East 0428 384 484 Ron Crack King Island 0400 895 133 Michael Ardle South 0428 134 122 Wayne Oliver Statewide 6362 3682 0419 358 441 Cade Ebdon Statewide 0409 437 950 Graeme Pretty Livestock Controller 0418 505 347
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