Online Catalogue last updated 12th of November 2015
This authoritative book chronicles the complete story of the red combine’s impact on agriculture and society. Red Combines 1915-2015 includes photographs and details about every red combine built in the United States and abroad, and tells the story of the creation of the Axial-Flow combine, which was developed in a garage so secret only a few people knew it existed. The Axial-Flow combine was a technological leap that transformed the industry when introduced in 1977. The book covers the entire line of red combines, including the CBX, a top-secret mega-combine built in the 1990s. Authored by Lee Klancher and the team of talented contributors who created the award-winning Red Tractors 1958-2013, this through and entertaining book is another captivating volume sure to please fans of agricultural equipment and farm history.
The first axial flow combine transformed the industry and was hailed as the most significant piece of farm equipment built in the 20th century. The axial flow used advanced technology to process crops faster and more efficiently than anything else on the market.
The axial flow started with research done by a rogue Swedish engineer in the 1950s, was continued in secret by a group of dedicated engineers from East Moline, Illinois, who did their work in a top-secret garage that only a select few were allowed to enter. The book tells the story of how extensive research and development allowed IH to build a new machine that took the market by storm. Done with dozens of interviews of engineers, salespeople, and customers, the book captures the behind the scenes drama and the cloak and dagger encounters with rival companies personnel and machines. The dramatic text is accompanied by more than 300 archival images, concept drawings, sketches, and new photography of the machines and men at work today.
Also included are sections on International Harvester outside the USA, with a good section on Australain harvester production.
This book was assembled by a team of experts in the history of International Harvester and Case IH led by author and photographer Lee Klancher. Contributors include Kenneth Updike, Sarah Galloway, Matthias Buschman, Johannn Dittmer, Martin Rickatson, Jean Cointe
Code No. 016928, 382 pages, ISBN 9781937747459, $120.00