We have two on the farm; a 1996 John Deere 5400 and a 2016 Deere 3038E; both 4WD tractors with loaders. Was too wet to really go outside today, and the tractors are shoved in pretty tightly, in a run-in shed attached to the garage. I do have tons of small scale tractors, from the pedal tractor I had as a really little kid, to 1/160 tractors and equipment intended for model railroads. Most are Ertl, followed by Siku. The scale I try to stick to is 1/64. My farm work SAK (Fireman) with two really small Bruder tractors, a Fendt and a JCB Fastrac, which at 1/128 scale are half the size of a Matchbox car. They never sold well, because they were fragile, especially in the hands of kids, the target market. The concept of trailer hitches (and the really fragile plastic ball and socket coupler) followed by removable duals and loaders included with some tractors was poorly thought out. I managed to break the rear gate off the trailer, and I am a collector who handles my stuff carefully. They are incredibly fragile! There's a Renault not pictured with these that I snapped the chassis in half trying to mount the loader. (Image removed from quote.)On the other hand, Ertl had a line in the 1980s called Microsize, which included sets of pretty much all major makes of tractors found in the US (Deere, Case IH, Ford, Deutz-Allis) that were the same size as these Bruders, and also included implements. However, they used better quality metal and plastic, and Ertl knew the removable loaders/duals were a not a good idea. Instead of a tiny plastic ball socket hitch/drawbar, Ertl chose to use the same drawbar as on the 1/64 tractors, which was thick diecast, and part of the tractor body. Many of these castings (especially the Deere and Case tractors) remained in the lineup as keychains until just a couple of years ago.
Was searching for a photo. Did not find it, found this instead:(Image removed from quote.)Now, this is bit sneaky, since the Swisstool in this picture is under the left front wheel. I only found it after searching for a week....In any case: Valmet 500 and SwisstoolSent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
SwissCard and the highly functional cockpit of 500:(Image removed from quote.)Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
friend of mine was stuck in Nebraska due to rains so they couldn’t harvest. Lost his jacket, a few days later he found it under a combines tireSent from my iPhone using Tapatalk