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Repowered Deere 4WD Toy Tractor
Farmers at the recent National Farm Machinery Show in Louisville, Kty., got a chance to see a limited edition repowered Deere 4-WD toy tractor displayed near the Kinze Manufacturing exhibit.
The new toy tractor is a 1/16-scale replica of a Deere 8650 repowered with a Cummins 855 engine. The replica is being produced in cooperation with Kinze Mfg., Williamsburg, Iowa. Only 300 will be made.
"It looks amazingly like the real thing and is one of the most highly detailed custom replica tractors ever designed," says Danny Gottman, of Gottman Farm Toys. "It has a total of 96 parts, and the Cummins engine alone contains 32 individual parts. It's all die-cast - the only plastic parts are the wheel rims.It has sidemounted exhaust and air cleaner stacks, just like the real Kinze modification, and a tilt-up hood for easy service. Other details include a chrome muffler assembly with turbo ll air cleaner,swing-out battery box, swinging drawbar, pto, 3-pt. hitch, and front lighting assembly."
Kinze started repowering Deere 4-WD's several years ago with Cummins engines as an alternative to Deere's own 4-WD engine, which some farmers feel is "under-engineered" for the big tractor. Sells for $485.
Gottman also plans to sell a 1/16-scale Kinze grain cart this summer for $285.

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1992 - Volume #16, Issue #2