Steiger turns 60

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As 2018 rolls to a close, let’s take a look at 60 years of Steiger tractors.

An original Steiger outside the Steiger factory in Fargo, USA
An original Steiger outside the Steiger factory in Fargo, USA

The first Steigers came to be 60 years ago when brothers Douglass and Maurice Steiger needed a high-powered 4WD tractor for their farming business.

The first Steiger was built in their shed in 1957, the next was built by their neighbour the following year; there the Steiger brand was born.

Before being bought by Case in 1986, Steiger tractors were painted in that historic lime green. We even reviewed an old Steiger Panther a few years ago – check it out here; it’s a great blast to the past.

The Steiger brand lives on through the Case IH tractor range, offering five models from 400 to 600 horsepower, including Quadtrac and Rowtrac four-tracked row crop systems.

A new Case IH Steiger
The Steiger of today is very different to its predecessors, but its reputation for power and performance remains the same.

Last year, the Case IH Steiger tractors became the world’s first articulated tractor to offer Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT).
"As well as targeting fuel efficiency and operator fatigue, CVT transmission provides faster acceleration to field or road speed, full power availability at low ground speeds for special applications and implements, and full hydraulic flow availability at low ground speeds, for drilling and planting," Case IH says.
"It all adds up to a tractor designed to ensure the most efficient operation at all times, in all conditions, regardless of the task or terrain. It has the capacity to reduce engine speed to the minimum required for the tractor’s workload, in order to maximise fuel efficiency," Case IH ANZ high horsepower product manager Alyx Selsmeyer adds.
"We’re very proud the Steiger name endures after so many years and that it still stands for innovation, power, efficiency and reliability at the highest of levels," she says.

"The Steiger will stand up to anything, and not only get the job done but exceed all expectations in the process."

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