Equipment Depot® sells and services an innovative and diverse line of equipment, including a full line of tractors from 23 hp to 230 hp, as well as hay and forage equipment, harvesting, crop production, utility vehicles and material handling equipment built by New Holland. Its origins date to 1895 with the creation of the New Holland Machine Works by Abram Zimmerman. While his original small feed and cob grinding mills in New Holland, Pennsylvania were either water or wind powered, he quickly adapted his machines to use a more dependable and readily available fuel: gasoline.
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The first New Holland engine was a 1½ horsepower, one-cylinder noisemaker that had something no other engine could claim. The water jacket that cooled the big cylinder had tapered sides and an open top, much like a pig trough, so if the water froze the ice could expand harmlessly without cracking the iron sides. This innovation was just the first of many. The company was incorporated as the New Holland Machine Company in 1903 and by the end of the decade its line of engines ranged from ½ to 5 horsepower and its mills were being sold in the catalogue of Fairbanks, Morse & Co. in Chicago.
The first tractor and baler
In 1917, Henry Ford build the first Fordson tractor which would create a long line of ground breaking farm tractors, from the 2N to the 8N to compact tractors. For nearly 60 years Ford built reliable and durable tractors. Ford innovations included the 8N Road Maintainer in 1952 – a stretched out 8N road grader on a 14 foot wheelbase with a 39-foot turning radius, and the 1957 Ford 840 with a Sherman forklift that worked off the tractor’s on-board hydraulics and PTO to provide as much as 4,000 pounds of lift.
In 1940, a revitalized New Holland Machine Works began producing the first automatic baler designed by Edwin Nolt in 1937. After a merger with Sperry, they introduced a round baler in 1974 that only needed a few minutes to gather up enough hay to roll out a 1,200-pound bale that was 5½ feet in diameter. More than 200,000 round balers have been sold since then.
CNH is created
Ford Tractors and Sperry New Holland joined forces in 1986 to create Ford New Holland. Tractors, haying equipment and farm implements in one house with a rich heritage of innovation. When that combined company was acquired by Fiat, who also acquired the Case line of tractors and construction equipment, the Ford name was dropped – but its design influence continues at the combined CNH.
Today, New Holland is a world leader in agricultural, utility and construction equipment. From Boomer tractors to self-propelled discbine mower conditioners to a powerful selection of rotary and conventional combines. As agriculture itself changes and fewer farmers are called upon to produce more crops and feed more cattle than ever before, New Holland’s legacy of innovation will continue to lead the industry.