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Reading this book along with a good cup of coffee made for a good way to spend Sunday afternoons.

Winter reading for International Harvester enthusiasts

The family behind the IH brand? Or a book for IH Cub tractor owners?

We’ve come across two books that International Harvester enthusiasts might want to make time to read during this cold winter season. Founding family history This summer we read through The International Harvester Company: A History of the Founding Families and Their Machines, written by Chaim M. Rosenberg and published by McFarland. This isn’t the typical machinery […] Read more



This T5 tractor, serial number 501 was the first Hamilton Plant-built Canadian Crawler.

IH Crawlers in Canada, Part 2

Post-Second World War, demand for small crawlers grew in Canada

In an earlier Grainews article I shared a bit of the early history of International Harvester crawler tractors in Western Canada. I looked at their evolution during the ’30s until after the Second World War, that was when improvements in wheel tractor design nearly spelled the end of crawlers for farm power. Fortunately, a new […] Read more

This series of early Holt combine images was supplied courtesy of Caterpillar Inc.

The era of pull-type combines: Part 1

Grainews looks back at the evolution of today's combine, from 1886 to 1991

In the beginning the harvester thresher or combine as it came to be known was strictly “pull type” — and pulling was hard. It’s generally believed the Holt Company of Stockton, California, sold the first commercial combine in North America in 1886. It was a 14-foot cut, ground drive machine pulled by up to 14 […] Read more


Red 4WD Tractors, 1957 – 2017 is a detailed history

A new book for the tractor lover in your life

Lee Klancher’s new book Red 4WD Tractors, 1957 – 2017 is no lightweight, figuratively or literally. (That seems only fitting, given the high-horsepower subject matter.) The large format book runs over 370 pages and includes a more than ample helping of rare photos. With Red 4WD Tractors, Klancher follows up on his previous book about […] Read more

Remi (left) and Murray Mosset pose beside their 4300.

The International Harvester 4300

A company insider’s memories of introducing this unique machine to the Prairies

In the late 1950s the farm tractor horsepower race was really starting to heat up. International Harvester had just introduced its New World of Power machines — a line up of new, modern, high speed tractors moving away from the old fashioned, the-heavier-the-better concept into more efficient engines, hydraulics and transmissions. At the same time, […] Read more



Red Combines is a comprehensive look at the evolution of International Harvester combines. It’s pretty interesting and a makes for a good read.

Red Combines book hot off the press

Add this to the Christmas gift list for the IH enthusiast in your house

Whether you are a diehard fan of the former International Harvester brand or just a regular gearhead, the new book Red Combines from Octane Press should be near the top of your Christmas wish list this year. It chronicles the evolution of IH combines from the early McCormick-Deering days to modern Case IH models. At […] Read more