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Relive Childhood Memories with Vintage Toy Tractors

By Tom Seest

Can Collecting Vintage Toy Tractors Take You Back In Time?

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Vintage toy tractors are an attractive collection item, whether or not you are an ardent John Deere fan. At relatively reasonable prices, vintage toys from all kinds of manufacturers can be found to add some uniqueness and history to your home.
As is true with other antiques, toy values depreciate over time; therefore, the earlier toys tend to be the most desirable and costly ones.

Can Collecting Vintage Toy Tractors Take You Back In Time?

Can Collecting Vintage Toy Tractors Take You Back In Time?

Uncovering the Secrets of the Case Model L Tractor

Case Model L was one of the most iconic farm tractors of all time, from 1929-1940 production. A massive tractor for its time, models included 18 HP on its drawbar Model VC up to 51 HP models of Model VA; due to their high power output, these machines proved especially ideal for belt work such as threshing or powering sawmills.
The Model L was an early pioneer with features that would later become standard on other tractors, including its three-point hitch and hydraulic lift system. Furthermore, its cross-mount engine design allowed it to manage greater horsepower, while removable cylinder sleeves made maintenance simpler.
Case may have become known for producing steam engines, but their Model L tractor was responsible for cementing Case’s position as a leader in agricultural technology. Capable of breaking prairie sod and pulling 10- and 12-bottom gang plows simultaneously, these massive machines were the pride of many farmers before agricultural conversion saw demand decline rapidly.
Case IH’s Puma lineup provides the ideal balance of size and power to meet a range of tasks on livestock farms, dairy farms and mixed crop farms. These rugged machines provide greater stability, power boost, and growth to optimize operation performance and decrease compaction while increasing power on the field. Featuring long wheelbases to distribute more weight evenly across your operation.
Puma 185, 200, and 220 tractors offer the latest in style, lighting, and quality; their counterparts, the Puma 240 and 260 models, have been engineered to meet stringent emissions regulations without compromising power output. Their Hi-eSCR2 systems reduce exhaust gases for cleaner working conditions in the field – an online tractor specs database such as Ritchie Specs can help compare dimensions and specifications between various tractors in order to find one best suited to your task.

Uncovering the Secrets of the Case Model L Tractor

Uncovering the Secrets of the Case Model L Tractor

Uncovering the History of Ertl D-21 Tractors?

ERTL’s Allis-Chalmers D-21 Tractor Model is an excellent addition to any collection, featuring diecast construction with chrome plated stack and front grille, swinging drawbar, silver metallic chase units randomly included during production run and eight forward and two reverse gears on its 1/16 scale chassis. Weighing only 7 pounds.
The Allis-Chalmers D-21 Series II tractor was first released for sale in 1963. Equipped with a naturally aspirated 426 cubic inches inline-six, its PTO shaft could deliver over 100 horsepower of power, impressive for its time. Unfortunately, however, sales did not follow suit and only sold modestly.
Competition was fierce in the tractor industry during the 1960s, and Allis-Chalmers found itself losing ground to rival tractors like D-21s from rival manufacturers like Allis-Chalmers. Allis-Chalmers decided to do something about it by redesigning some of its own models to rival D-21.
Redesigning the D-21 into the Series II was a huge hit; it sold better and produced over 100 PTO horsepower while offering increased torque, improved power-to-weight ratio, and wider front axle and rear wheel weights.
All of these improvements resulted in a tractor that could handle any task in the field, as well as carrying heavier loads associated with threshing and baling.
This D-21 holds special meaning to us because it belongs to Mike Nordstrom, an incredible tractor collector with an outstanding sense of humor and in-depth knowledge about tractors. Unfortunately, Mike passed away within six months.
He had a vast collection of old toy tractors, and this model would make an excellent addition to his home display. A reminder of him and a perfect addition to his other collectibles.

Uncovering the History of Ertl D-21 Tractors?

Uncovering the History of Ertl D-21 Tractors?

What Makes the Ertl F-12 So Special?

Ertl’s F-12 model tractor is an ever-popular collector’s item, and its limited red chrome chase version is highly sought-after by collectors. Produced to mark the 100th Anniversary of the Farmall brand, these special edition models feature a decorative base with “Farmall 100th Anniv.” Alternatively, there was also an Ertl green version, which is more readily available than its chase variant.
Ertl was one of the first to use aluminum instead of iron when creating his toy tractors, both due to World War II-era restrictions preventing him from using iron and for marketing reasons: aluminum’s lighter hue made it easier to match existing farming implements; his original painted models later evolved into diecast models of various colors.
Ertl expanded his business following the success of his toys by teaming up with Eska in Dubuque under what was called a Sealing Agreement, spelling out each company’s initial two letters (Essman and Kascel). According to this agreement, Eska could produce stamped-steel farm implements but not tractors; Ertl maintained control of John Deere tractor production.
In the 1950s, an abundance of farm toy manufacturers emerged. Lakone-Classic of Aurora, Ill., was one such upstart that produced several International Harvester C and 200 series tractors in plastic. Product Miniature in Milwaukee also played an important role in manufacturing Ford, Allis-Chalmers, and Case tractors from plastic.
Slik-Toys is in Lansing, Illinois, and Arcade Mfg. Co. in Minneapolis, Minnesota, also produced tractors and implements. Slik mostly manufactured Oliver and Minneapolis-Moline implements, while Arcade focused on manufacturing Minneapolis-Moline tractors such as its iconic model 720 tractor.

What Makes the Ertl F-12 So Special?

What Makes the Ertl F-12 So Special?

What Makes the Ertl F-15 a Vintage Toy Tractor?

The Ertl F-15 is an accurate representation of its real-life counterpart, the F-15 ACTIVE Eagle technology demonstrator aircraft. It was created as a way to show how existing planes could remain state-of-the-art without incurring extra costs in terms of creating brand-new planes. This toy features high-quality construction that makes it perfect for any collection – its wings bear stamps of Dyersville Iowa 52040, which mark its origination, and comes equipped with coins and books as part of its package.

What Makes the Ertl F-15 a Vintage Toy Tractor?

What Makes the Ertl F-15 a Vintage Toy Tractor?

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