here are five of the top-ranked tractors:
1. FARMALL Model H
Manufactured from 1939-1953, a total of 391,227 units were built, and this tractor cost $2,000 in 1953. This was the second of International Harvester’s legendary letter series tractors. It has a five-speed gearbox and 24-hp overhead valve engine, making it a great fit for mid-sized row crop farmers.
2. FORD Model 8N
This tractor cost $1,404 in 1952, and 534,000 were produced from 1947-1952. This model accounted for 25% of all tractors produced in the U.S. during this time period. On average, sales averaged more than 400 tractors/day for five straight years.
3. FARMALL Model M
We still have my grandpa’s old M, and it still gets put to use once in a while. I was excited to see this model listed in the top 10 list!
The Model M was produced from 1939-1952, and 270,140 tractors were made during this time period. The cost of this tractor was $2,400 in 1952. This was the first diesel tractor of its kind and was the largest row crop tractor that International Harvester made at that time.
4. John Deere Model B
Priced at $1,900 in 1952, 357,456 units of the John Deere Model B were manufactured from 1935-1952. This tractor was more compact than the Model A, but featured the same 4-speed transmission and front-wheel options.
5. John Deere Model 4020
A newer model makes the top 10 list with this 4020. This is another tractor that we had when I was a kid, and many summers were spent on the old 4020 cutting and baling hay. It was good for getting a summer tan, but there were many days I wished for a cab and air conditioner!
This tractor cost $10,345 in 1972. A total of 184,879 were made from 1963-1972. The 4020 was an amped-up version of the 4010 and had more horsepower and an optional power shift transmission.
To see if your tractor made the list, check out the Farm & Ranch Living magazine. The feature also includes personal stories, trivia, and tractor history.