This is a funny thing, and a great subject for my first blog. Welcome aboard everyone, my name is Otto and I am your cruise director for this journey down Tractor way. I work for a great little company in Manchester, MN, called Jensales. We maintain the world’s largest and best library of technical manuals for tractors, industrial equipment, and implements. From that library we print high quality reproductions to help keep the tractor lovers of the world happy.
Now back to that tractor love I was talking about. While returning from a trip to the Henry Ford Museum recently (what an awesome place!) I was walking through the airport and saw a tractor book front and center on display at the bookstore, Otis (the tractor). Turns out it is a best seller, so lots of tractor folk and non-tractor folk alike have bought this book. Why? Seems old tractors are kind of like old shoes or old horses, well worn and beloved. They do good work, they don’t complain, and they’re probably the most reliable thing around. How can you resist that? I love my old Farmall B that I use to mow around my place, mostly because it always starts and it does exactly what I need it to do. It has done so for years, and will continue to do so for many more with my love and care.
Now here is the practical part that my boss requires me to put in every blog. Regular maintenance will keep your old tractor running for decades. No kidding, proven fact, most tractors built prior to 1980 were expected to have lifespans of over 40 years! Of course Jensales tractor manuals will make that task easier and more effective. Everything goes better with a good set of instructions, but only if you read ‘em! There are also DVD’s for tune ups and overhauls, and some great books for restoration or relaxation, which are the two most important R’s out there.
Back to the tractor love talk. I am serious when I say I have never met anyone, hayseed or city slicker, that does not love tractors. They are just plain cool. Lots of power, cool machinery, they help feed us, they do the work that makes us so productive, and they are fun to drive. Why does Ashton Kutcher wear a John Deere hat on the Tonight Show? How come guys restore old Olivers in their suburban garages, having never lived a day on a farm? Why do so many wedding pictures get taken on restored tractors? It makes sense to me, but I would love to hear what you have to say about it!
One thing is for sure, vintage tractor ads are timeless! Check out the three I have here, they are cool to young and old. That has to be part of it as well, remembering a great era and all that made it that way. My company has also started a new line of tractor shirts and sweatshirts for men and women. Called American Power and Tractor Girlz, they have the coolest designs out there and you can be sure no one else at the tractor pull will have Nixon on a Farmall or a Got Dirt! shirt!! Stuff like the retro cool images above, or just about anything else you can think of. New designs are added all the time, be sure and check back often.
OK, enough of the mushy tractor love talk and tractor fashion talk. I want to hear what you think. Check out the Blog Deal below and tell me what is on your mind!