Buhler Marks Tractor Milestone

Posted on October 23, 2007

Buhler Industries Inc. commemorated the production of the 50,000th articulated 4WD tractor produced at its facility in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The Buhler Versatile model 2375 rolled off the assembly line October 23. The Fort Garry plant started tractor production in 1966 and has been building articulated 4WD tractors in the facility ever since.

The 50,000th Versatile-built 4WD has been purchased by Canagro Exports Inc., a Buhler Versatile dealer from Winkler, MB and it will be exported to Russia.

The first articulated Versatile 4WD was produced in 1966 to meet the demand for farms in Canada and the United States. The first Versatile 4WD’s, the D100 and G100, had 100 hp at the drawbar, no cab, and sold for less than $10,000.

The Versatile factory produced red 4WD tractors under the Versatile brand name until 1987 when the company was purchased by Ford New Holland. Ford Versatile tractors were produced with Ford’s blue-and-white paint scheme followed by New Holland’s blue paint scheme until 2000 when the factory changed hands again, this time becoming a division of Buhler Industries Inc.

This also marked the return to red paint; tractor production has continued, and Buhler Versatile has since introduced a new series of articulated 4WD tractors, the High Horsepower Tractor Series, available with 435, 485 or 535 hp ratings.