Ford New Holland
Henry Ford had something other than cars on his mind in 1883. A 20-year-old just off the farm, he was thinking about how fieldwork could be better done by machines. After he mastered the assembly line automobile in the early 1900ís, Ford returned his attention to tractors with the 1917 formation of Henry Ford and Son. By the end of that year, Fordson tractors were coming off the assembly line, and an order for 7,000 was placed by Great Britain to boost wartime food production. During the 1920ís, 75 percent of U.S. farms used a Fordson tractor. Henry Ford had for a second time in his life now dominated an industry, and he didnít let up. The middle of the 20th century was filled with more tractor innovations, like the three-point hydraulic hitch, and the famous 9N Ford Tractor for only $595. By 1966, Ford Tractors were number two in sales worldwide, and as more North American land went into production, Ford responded with more models and larger tractors.
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