The Farmall Dynasty
|Lee Klancher's The Farmall Dynasty narrates the history and development of International Harvester tractors, with a specific focus on that golden era for the company that began with the original Farmall and continued until the early 1960s. Lead by the Farmall brand, IHC was the unrivaled leader in farm tractors and equipment for a half-century.
The book opens with what is likely the most extensive analysis of the early International tractor models currently in print. Klancher does an excellent job of tracing these low-production machines, including a very helpful reference table. Anyone interested in the gear- and friction-drives, Titans, and Moguls will be well-served by the first chapter of this book.
The McCormick-Deerings and Farmall are a study in contrasts. The early McCormick-Deerings were developed by corporate committees, the Farmall was the vision of a single engineer. The McCormick was a well-built but unremarkable machine. The Farmall revolutionized the industry and set the standard for decades to come.
The Farmall Dynasty is an excellent history of the tractors from International Harvester's glory years. The book tells the history of the Farmall, Cub, and others with interviews and corporate research. The novice reader will find the entire story of Farmall tractors while experienced tractor fans will likely find a number of details they had never seen before. This book should be a standard reference for any Farmall fan.
The Farmall Dynasty is a revised version of the International Harvester Photographic History , published in 1996 and now out of print. While the text has been updated to include the past decade, readers who happen to own the original should be aware that much of the book is the same.