420 Talmadge Rd., Clayton, Ohio 45315
First of all I will probably be tarred and feathered and ridden out of the machinery shows on a rail, but here goes.
I am a collector of old tractors and machinery and no one likes to restore and run them better than I do.
I keep reading articles from collectors about the companies now in production building tractors that are planned to wear out in a couple of years and 'they don't make 'em like they used to' stories. With that I'll have to take issue.
Tractors being built today are so far superior in convenience, amount of work performed and mechanical excellence that I don't believe a fair comparison can be made. We expect plowing speeds of five to eight miles an hour around the clock plus all other work in proportion.
I also read in the magazines and hear conversations around the shows about the grand old companies that failed because their product was too good and lasted too well, or were bought up by someone else to get them off the market, or a lot of other exotic excuses that skirt the true facts.
From all I can read and observe the facts are: those companies could not, would not, or did not have the engineering to keep up with the times. Even great names like Rumely and Huber couldn't sell a hodgepodge of ill-fitting parts purchased from outside suppliers like their last products were. It takes foresight, engineering and the ability to keep up and even stay ahead of the times. Even one of the top manufacturers of today worked a grand old design that we all dearly love till I doubt if many of us realize how sick they actually were in the late fifties.
It's the greatest hobby on earth to restore and preserve these great old machines but let's not put down the finely engineered and precision tractors that are being sold today.
To compare the output of an Aultman-Taylor with a Steiger Bearcat or a new Kenworth with a Reo Speed Wagon or a Thunderbird with an Essex seems out of the question.
In the language of our younger generation:
'BABY, THERE AIN'T NO WAY!'