Steiger was built by farmers, for farmers

60 years of Steiger tractors

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WHERE IT ALL STARTED: An original Steiger outside the Steiger factory in Fargo, USA.

WHERE IT ALL STARTED: An original Steiger outside the Steiger factory in Fargo, USA.

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Celebrating 60 years since the Steiger was first manufactured.

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Sixty years ago, a pair of North American brothers on a farm near Minnesota needed a high-powered, four-wheel drive tractor for their business.

When they couldn’t find one on the market they built it themselves, and the first Steiger rolled out of the shed and into the paddock.

Douglass and Maurice Steiger built the first Steiger in 1957 for their own use, but the reaction from fellow farmers was immediate, and in 1958 they built another for a neighbour, and the Steiger dynasty was established. The brothers went on to establish a full-scale manufacturing business.

STEIGER INVENTOR: One of the men behind the famous name, Douglass Steiger, at the Steiger factory in Fargo, USA. in 2017.

STEIGER INVENTOR: One of the men behind the famous name, Douglass Steiger, at the Steiger factory in Fargo, USA. in 2017.

It’s hard to imagine now, but the tractor looked very different in the beginning, starting out life painted a vibrant shade of lime green.

That all changed, of course, when the brand was purchased by Case IH in 1986, but many older farmers still have fond memories of those first Steiger tractors at work in Australia, setting the benchmark for performance, power and reliability.

Today, the Steiger name lives on at the top end of the Case IH tractor range, with five models from 400 to 600 horsepower, including Quadtrac and Rowtrac four-tracked row crop systems. 

Case IH, Australia and New Zealand, high horsepower product manager, Alyx Selsmeyer said a feature of the modern Steiger is the CVT transmission. 

TODAY'S STEIGER: The Steiger Rowtrac 450 is very different to its predecessors, but its reputation for power and performance remains the same.

TODAY'S STEIGER: The Steiger Rowtrac 450 is very different to its predecessors, but its reputation for power and performance remains the same.

“It all adds up to a tractor designed to ensure the most efficient operation at all times, in all conditions, regardless of the task or terrain. It has the capacity to reduce engine speed to the minimum required for the tractor’s workload, in order to maximise fuel efficiency,” she said. 

“We’re very proud the Steiger name endures after so many years and that it still stands for innovation, power, efficiency and reliability at the highest of levels. The Steiger will stand up to anything, and not only get the job done but exceed all expectations in the process.”

The story Steiger was built by farmers, for farmers first appeared on Farm Online.

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