The Minneapolis-Moline Power Implement Company introduced the UDLX, which was the first tractor with a factory equipped full cab and was geared to travel at 40 mph, as a vehicle on the road, states TractorData.Continue Reading
The full cab included a heater, radio and passenger seat, originally selling for $2,155 in 1938. The UDLX used a six volt battery and was powered by a 4.6-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine. Using a four-by-two chassis, it had mechanical drum brakes.
The first power front axle equipped by the factory on a tractor, 100-horsepower row crop tractor and articulated four-wheel drive tractor were among the contributions MM made to the agricultural industry. From 1959 to 1963, MM produced the 4-Star tractor featuring optional power steering and a three point hydraulic hitch.
The Minneapolis-Moline Power Implement Company was created by a merger of Moline Plow Company, Minneapolis Threshing Company and Minneapolis Steel and Threshing Company in 1929. After purchasing MM in 1963, White Motors stopped using the company's name in 1974. MM tractors were so well designed that many of them are still in use today on farms around the world.
The Buddy Lee plaster doll was displayed in store windows by MM as a promotion. Prior to ending the display in 1963, the doll had converted to plastic. Coca-Cola, Phillips 66 and Mobile Oil used Buddy Lee in promotional pieces, as well.Learn more about Agriculture