Working in conjunction with DMI, development began in 1972 on a 13-bottom plow that would flex in the middle. To demonstrate this new design, KINZE custom-built a 4-wheel drive tractor powered by twin Detroit Diesel engines that produced 600 HP. The tractor and plow were completed just in time to demonstrate at the Farm Progress Show in the fall of 1974. The specially built tractor, weighing over 20 tons, became known as “Big Blue” and continued to draw large crowds at farm shows and field demonstrations through 1976.
Today Kinze still works on big iron. Kinze re-powers classic John Deere 4wds with Cummins engines. This 8970 was retrofitted with a 600 hp Cummins engine.
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