Wow, that’s a beast of a machine, OL!
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I picked up these two 1:43 scale Cursor (made in Germany) models of late '70s-early '80s Fendt tractors cheaply here recently. These were produced as promotional products for the company in 1977 (677, Fendt Favorit) and 1978 (478, Fendt Tool Carrier); going by the model numbers; which typically denote month and year the model was produced (not sure if it means commissioned or released). These were cheap, in near-mint condition, and from a US seller. Years ago, the AGCO website had very nicely adorned (with fancy screened graphics!) Massey Ferguson, Fendt, and Challenger Classic SDs. Never got a one, and I haven't seen them on the secondary market. There was also a Tourist produced about the same time these model tractors were made, which I don't have either. But, unlike the John Deere SAKs (usually hunter green Tinkers with printed yellow or white logos) these are much nicer. The Favorit LS still has the original box (albeit, kinda tatty and the latching end of one of the flaps has been ripped off); and the Geratetrager (GT) has one or two microscopic paint chips, but that's it. All are hefty metal, feature Pirelli tires, and only cab roofs, some small trim pieces (exhaust stacks, interiors) and wheels are plastic. The only problem is that 1/43 is a weird scale to make a model tractor in. The drawbars fit my SIKU implements, but look weird due to the much larger scale of the typical SIKU tractor. (Image removed from quote.)
^ and ^^Cool history and info, nice Fendt models too.Jim the Brave, you're right Valtra (previously Valmet) is made in Finland but perhaps sadly owned by AGCO these days. This is also the reason why the motivational power under many Massey bonnets comes from this neck of the woods also (Sisu diesel being part of the package).Valmet was and Valtra still is an icon of just getting the job done, every weather, every day, everywhere down here with a quite active club for the older models (Wanhat Valmetit) of which I'm a member. Valmet's/Valtra's background as a local brand of course means that it was and is designed for local farming needs which used to differ from other market needs. Off-road/forestry usage being one that used to be very important for small farmers. But also that many perks and good things in offer from other brands were not available. Of course, fierce loyalty between owners was and still is there (my grandfather was Ford blue, my family - with little me rooting for Fiat and JD - Valmet/Valtra yellow/red, one of my uncles flying Case/New Holland colours, whilst the other could not stop praising the super tractors from Germany ever since the big Deutch Fahrs got a proper service network and thus became more feasible, etc.), all in good spritited manner of course. The N-series in that pic. is a compact size allrounder in the 135 - 201 hp range. It's not mine or ours, belongs to the local agricultural collage who is doing training work on a section some 400 meters from our front door so I just mosed over whilst walking the dog to shoot some breeze and to discuss the soil, as one does.The older Valmets shown have been ours and the new nifty A-series* Valtra earlier is my brothers new tool (for him, my father, his brothers and rest of the family these are tools, first and foremost, for me a bit of a hobby).*A-series being the small/compact 75 - 135 hp range for light/medium general duty.Lähetetty minun SM-T515 laitteesta Tapatalkilla
Lefty, I have a friend in Finland who has his grandfather's Cletrac model 20K from the 1920's.
I think I might know about the tractor you're talking about. He had/has a webpage about it and Cletracs in general?Those were clever machines. Became Olivers and eventually part of AGCO if memory serves.Lähetetty minun SM-T515 laitteesta Tapatalkilla
Taco scaled Classic and 3130:(Image removed from quote.)(Image removed from quote.)Same spot than yesterday, but silage has been cut and it is baling time
^Interesting, I did not know that. Kinda makes sense, it being a Mannheim build (and designed?) model. I thought I saw one in Montreal area long ago, but was probably mistaken if only available in EuropeLähetetty minun SM-T515 laitteesta Tapatalkilla