When this picture of a machinery dealer’s lot was taken in 1976, the technology and operator comfort level on the two larger Versatile tractors shown was about as good as it got. The farmers who drove them home got what was then high horsepower and an early version of a comfortable and safe cab.
This year Versatile introduced three new tractors built on a rigid-frame chassis, something that was foreign to the brand in 1976. The new Versatiles are just three of the several new tractor models introduced so far this year. Through January and February, Massey Ferguson’s marketing staff were busy pointing out the features of the new 4600 and 5600 Series tractors at farm shows in the U.S.
Case IH and New Holland unveiled new tractors, too. Case IH expanded its Farmall line, while NH introduced new T4 and T5 machines.
In the Machinery and Shop section of this issue we take a look at some of those new tractors and see what they have to offer. †