| March/April 1979

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.