Steiger a stel­lar act

Countryman - - MACHINERY AND TECHNOLOGY - Ann Rawl­ings

From lit­tle things big things grow — and this could not be more true for the Steiger dy­nasty.

The brand has been gain­ing trac­tion on the world ma­chin­ery stage for nigh on 60 years, first as the con­cept of two broth­ers in Min­nesota’s Red Lake Coun­try and later as an ex­ten­sion of Case IH.

The first Steiger, built in 1957 by farm­ers Dou­glass and Mau­rice Steiger, was born of ne­ces­sity.

The broth­ers had needed a high-powered, four-wheel drive trac­tor for their busi­ness.

Not find­ing one that suited their needs on the mar­ket, they did what innovative farm­ers do best — they mucked in and built it them­selves — and soon found them­selves open­ing a full-scale manufacturing fa­cil­ity.

Fast-for­ward to 1986, when the brand caught the at­ten­tion of ma­chin­ery heavy­weight Case IH, and Steiger trac­tors soon af­ter started their trans­for­ma­tion from their orig­i­nal vivid lime green to the mod­ern red trap­pings of to­day.

Case IH Aus­tralia New Zealand high horse­power prod­uct man­ager Alyx Selsmeyer said the Steiger name car­ried with it a proud his­tory of in­no­va­tion and power.

Pic­ture: Case IH

The Steiger.

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