Thursday, August 13, 2009

Farming With A Lamborghini

Honestly I’m not really sure what the fastest tractor on earth would be, but if you were to guess woudln’t you put your money on the silver tractor with the lamborghini badge on it. For most people when they heart the brand lamborghini they think of one of these.

For farmers in Europe they hear lamborghini and they see images of a very beautiful and functional tractor. I really had only heard of the lamborghini brand before I saw it first hand in europe and was able to stumble upon a silver model in a Paris hobby shop.

This model is a 1/32 scale, which is very popular in Europe. It doesn't have cab glass but it is all die cast and has steerable front wheels, and tire rubber that is very realistic. This model is made by Siku and is very well detailed.

The corporate Lamborghini website is very nicely done and reviews all of their current lineup. You can read about all of their new tractors here: Lamborghini Tractor Site

History of Lamborghini Tractors
Although as I said before most well known for his cars Mr. Feruccio Lamborghini actually had a very interesting history in the agricultural industry:

“While his passion lay with cars, it was the tractor that Lamborghini assembled for his father out of spare parts that set him on the path that would make him a wealthy man.[3] The machine had a six-cylinder Morris engine, a General Motors transmission, and a Ford differential. The contraption worked so well that his father's friends, also farmers in the midst of Italy's postwar agricultural reconstruction, soon clamored for their own examples of Ferruccio's design. To meet the demand, in 1949 he opened Lamborghini Trattori S.p.A., building tractors in his Pieve di Cento garage. By the mid-1950s, his factory was churning out 1000 tractors per year; over the course of the decade, Lamborghini became one of the largest agricultural equipment manufacturers in the country, turning Ferruccio into a wealthy industrialist.[3] In 1959, he opened an oil heater factory, Lamborghini Calor S.p.A., and a year later, an air conditioner factory, both of which met with success.”

If you are interested in purchasing a Toy Lamborghini tractors eBay has several models on sale for various prices, although you may have to have them shipped from the UK. Another option is Bossen Implement which has several variations for sale.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Soundgards' a plenty

As promised earlier this year here are the new soundgard tractors with front wheel assist. Besides having more realistic FWA than earlier models that had regular sized flotation tires with shallow treads, these tractors have a few extra details. Most notably all three of these tractors have cab glass. My only real criticism of these models is that all of them have real singles, and many of the real machines you see on the farm day to day have duals. Also I think the front wheels would look better if the hubs were painted yellow to match the rest of the wheel.
Above is the 4955. Notice the single step and brand new front and rear wheel casting. THis is the first time these wheels have been used to my knowledge.
The 4850 is the model I have been especially excited about since there were many of these around my house when I was growing up, and I customized a few 2 wheel drive soundgards to have FWA and 4850 graphics. Look for a future article that shows how to put duals on.
Above is the 4960 also featuring new front and rear wheels and a 3 step ladder.
All three models ready for the fall harvest.

Remember to submit your CONTEST entries for a chance to win a 1/64th John Deere 9630T!

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Interesting Finds at the Frankenmuth Toy Show

This past saturday was the 23rd annual Frankenmuth farm toy show in Frankenmth, MI. This was the first time I was able to attend the show, and I really enjoyed it. I would say there were around 25-30 dealers with 3-4 big displays.Some antiques for you fans of the 80's include 2 Big Buds from 1987, and a gleaner R50 from the late 80's/early 90's. I have wanted to grab one of the earlier RoGators because they were used extensively around where I lived so I picked up one relatively cheap. The forage harvester set with the Case tractor and dual axle forage wagon is the newest release I picked up. This is an interesting set with one side of the tractor having duals and the other a single tire. The forage harvester is a unique piece because it comes with a hay head. So for 2/3 of the price of the hay head alone I bought the whole harvester. Finally in the lower right you can see the Byron grain cart I found. It is made of styrene and painted Byron Orange. It is fully functional as it lifts and dumps. This was hand made and the builder was present at the show.

Here you can see the side of the Case with singe rear tire and the cart in dump position.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

The Contest

To commemorate the 25,000th visit I am going to give away a free 1/64th scale John Deere 9630T Tractor. In order to be eligible to win the tractor you must submit your entry via email to The deadline for entries is August 31st, 2009. At that point a winner will be selected from all qualifying entries.

Simply submit an answer to the following questions in an email, and put "9630T Contest" in the subject line of the email and send it to:

1. How old are you?

2. What scale of toy tractors do you collect?

3. What is your favorite brand of tractor (real or toy)?

4. Do you customize toy tractors?

5. What could be done to improve the content of this blog?

6. What is your favorite toy tractor of all time?

7. What is your favorite real tractor of all time?

8. Why do you collect toy tractors?

9. How many tractors are in your collection?

10. Are you a farmer in real life?

The information from the entries will not be shared with anyone or posted on this website without written permission by the person submitting the entry. The tractor will be shipped free of charge to the winner within 4 weeks of the contest end date. This contest is open to international participants.

New Look & Show Schedule

After almost 2 years I decided that it was time for a new look to the blog. Since it has been green its entire life I thought Id go for a more red look to allow the "Force" to be balanced. Also sometime thic summer the blog passed 25,000 visits, which I find amazing. Thanks to all the people who keep visiting, and thanks to those of you that post comments. If I could ask anything of this blog's readers, please comment on the content and what you would like to see in the future.

Also I would like to give a heads up to a few of the upcoming farm toy shows. I was recently at the Frankenmuth farm toy show in Frankenmuth, MI and I found some fliers. I will have to double check to see if these are in the Toy farmer index or not, but in the meantime here are some of the shows I have found. Also it's time to start counting down to the National Farm Toy show once again so here is the timer. I'm not sure if I'll be there this year, but try to make it if you can.

Little Deere

For a while toy collectors have been asking for smaller tractors in 1/64 scale. Smaller utility tractors are very common on many farms, and in many cases are more common than the big four wheel drives that we love so much. I know in Florida for every giant 9420 that I saw I would see at least fifteen 5000 series john deere tractors. Ertl did a nice job with two smaller utility tractors. They have the now common cab glass, and the detail is good for about $6.

The first tractor is a 6140D. It is a 140 horsepower tractor (Hence the 6140 moniker). If you would like to read more about the 6140 check out

Next is the 5105M. As you could have guessed it has a 105 horsepower engine. Here is its homepage

4 Months Ago

Apparently people are still visiting my site, which I appreciate and thank you for. I feel bad that I have had no new content in 4 months, but hopefully I can get back to posting semi-regularly. There have been some new releases since the last time I posted, and I will review the ones that I think warrant our attention.

One of the most recent releases is the Case IH Steiger “Pink Panther.” I dont have allot of information about the real pink panther tractor but Toy Tractor Times has a full blog dedicated to the 1/32nd version. ( This tractor is basically identical to the green steigers that we have been seeing for the past 3 years with a coat of bright pink paint. Here are some pictures of the new(ish) 1/64th version.

Of course don't get the tractor confused with this Pink Panther....

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