At Proxibid, many types of tractors, attachments, farming equipment, and more is auctioned off on our website! In addition to knowing the history of the used equipment up for bid, it’s interesting to understand the history of the manufacturers themselves!
At Proxibid, many types of tractors, attachments, farming equipment, and more is auctioned off on our website! In addition to knowing the history of the used equipment up for bid, it’s interesting to understand the history of the manufacturers themselves! Manufacturers most commonly represented on the website include John Deere, Kubota, and Caterpillar! When did these companies become the faces for farming equipment?
John Deere has been in business since 1837. The first machinery ever designed and built by the company was a plow. This helped farmers in the Midwest to till their crops in the thick prairie soil. In 1838, the company released two new plows and started to grow out of the old barn in which it was located. After facing financial challenges between 1838 and 1863 , Deere launched the first Hawkeye Riding Cultivator and in 1864 filed and received its first patent for the molds used for the plows.
The company continued to grow into what it is today. From a plow to the first tractor for harvesting and everyday farming, these are the tractors that helped shape the company.
Dain type was a three-wheeled tractor that was all-wheel drive and fuel efficient for its time
Waterloo boy was simple but rugged and extremely cheap to manufacture. The tractor was named after the location it was manufactured in Waterloo, Iowa. At first, the Waterloo was in rough waters with the competition beating it in the market. So, Deere went back to the drawing board and perfected the Waterloo. For the next 29 years, this tractor helped catapult John Deere into the farming industry as a trusted brand.
From there, the company manufactured a number of tractors and attachments along with construction equipment. Goes to show, no matter how many times you go back to the drawing board, never give up.
When Kubota was initially started in 1893, the company was in a completely different industry. The company was originally headquartered in Osaka, Japan during this time period various regions in Japan were dealing with bacteria and viruses in the water. So, the company was founded to make iron pipes for waterworks. The company was originally named Kubota Iron Works. It wasn’t until the 1900s that Kubota shifted from waterworks to power equipment and was relocated to the United Kingdom. Kubota is known for some major innovations in the industry such as:
In 1947, Kubota introduced it's the first assembly line and produced a number of new machines and equipment such as motors and rotary cultivators This was the start of a legacy for the company and many firsts with advanced engine and machinery in their time periods.
The first four-wheel drive compact tractor
The first hydrostatic transmission on mowers and tractors
The development of Bi-Speed Turn which helps the tractor turn, shift, and reduces wider turns out of the field
While the company started with a different industry in mind, the need for more trusted and advanced farming equipment turned Kubota into a brand farmers know and trust.
In 1886 the first combined harvester was built and manufactured in Stockton, California. From there, Caterpillar’s signature style started to show. Initially, all Caterpillar tractors and equipment was steamed powered. An existing plant was purchased in Illinois to help produce the tractors. Once the tractors were designed for the public, the company switched over to gas-powered engines, and in 1910 Caterpillar was trademarked to be the brand millions around the world now know.
From there, Caterpillar expanded into different industries quicker than other companies. Its first wheel loader was developed in 1972 as one of the first. In 1953 the roadbuilder was claimed as the world’s number one for 100 years! Cat engines have been placed on submarines and its machinery has been used to help construct landmark highways and roads!
This company was created with tractors in mind but quickly grew to become the leading brand in the construction equipment industry.
All these recognized brands now develop equipment and attachments for farming, construction, and industrial needs.