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  • 10 Apr ,2013

    I asked Don to contribute a series of articles due to his passion and knowledge of Versatile.  I hope you enjoy them.  – Jarrod W. Pakosh  My name is Don Wadge, “Versatile Collector and Enthusiast”.  I was raised on a farm near Carman, Manitoba in the fifties and sixties.  My father began farming in 1947 when […]

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  • 10 Apr ,2013

    The modern grain auger of today’s farming communities was from the mind of Peter Pakosh.  The “Versatile” grain mover that Peter first began his Hydraulic Engineering Company with was not an elevator or paddle system on a chain but a screw-type auger with a minimum of moving parts. At Massy Harris, young Peter approached the […]

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  • 10 Apr ,2013

    Exactly when farmers in the grain belt of the US and Canada began hooking two tractors in tandem in order to pull tillage and seeding equipment is difficult to determine.  It would appear that the practice began sporadically after the Second World War and became more frequent in the mid to late fifties.  Some farmers […]

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  • 10 Apr ,2013

    This is the tractor that broke through the barriers in marketing four-wheel drive agricultural tractors. The Model 100 (D100 diesel, and G100 gasoline) was Versatile’s first Four-Wheel Drive tractor. Peter Pakosh and Roy Robinson, (equal partners in the company begun by Pakosh in Toronto in 1947) had been producing an ever increasing line of innovative […]

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  • 10 Apr ,2013

    After the successful introduction of the Versatile Four-Wheel Drive Tractor with the 100 Model, Pakosh and Robinson immediately set about designing and building the next generation of the Versatile tractor.  A tractor, which while not significantly different from the 100 Model in design, was by far, superior and considerably more robustly built than its predecessor. […]

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  • 10 Apr ,2013

    Versatile produced 200 units of the Model 300 Hydro-Mech in 1973 before halting production of this rather unique machine. Obviously ahead of its time. Reportedly, Versatile decided this was not the direction it wanted to pursue in four-wheel drive tractors. Never the less the 300 Hydro-Mech stands today a testament to Versatile’s ingenuity and innovation […]

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  • 10 Apr ,2013

    The Versatile 1080. The instructions were clear – build the world’s biggest tractor.  Build a tractor so big that it would outperform anything else ever made.  Build BIG ROY! The Versatile 1080 (affectionately know at Versatile as BIG ROY) was built in the late 70s as a prototype.  It was a 26-ton, 600hp, eight-wheel-drive monster […]

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  • 10 Apr ,2013

    Back in the late 1960s, Peter’s brother, Dan Pakosh had a simple idea.  Why fit a loader on the front of a tractor when it would be far easier to mount it on the rear and swivel the operator around to work it?  That simple idea lead Versatile to the development of the world’s first […]

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  • 10 Apr ,2013

    The land is measured and worked in sections. And there are lots of them. Seed, fertilizer and other inputs are bought by the boxcar. Implements that stretch out to 70 feet plow, plant and nurture the crops. It’s farming on the grandest scale. Farming that demands 4WD tractors with more power, more hydraulic flow and […]

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  • 10 Apr ,2013

    From the beginning, in the late 1960s, Dan Pakosh was building grain augers, drawbars and field sprayers under the family brand name, Versatile. Credited with being the first company to mass produce 4WD farm tractors, Dan thought that a market existed for a multipurpose tractor that could be operated bidirectionally. Surely the world was ready […]

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  • 10 Apr ,2013

    (Now the Association of Equipment Manufacturers) The Equipment Manufacturers Institute (now the Association of Equipment Manufacturers) is recognized around the world as the oldest and largest trade association for manufacturers of agricultural and construction equipment.  During its 100th anniversary in 1993, the Equipment Manufacturers Institute selected 100 Significant Contributors and Contributions to the Mechanization of […]

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  • 10 Apr ,2013

    WINNIPEG, MB (OCTOBER 30, 2008) – Buhler Industries Inc. (TSX: BUI) made a major announcement today as the company unveiled a new brand name for the tractor division. At the first annual meeting of Buhler Versatile dealers, it was announced that the Versatile brand name will be the sole name associated with the tractor division. […]

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  • 10 Apr ,2013

    THE Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters (CME) association held its Manitoba award gala in Winnipeg on Thursday, March 12, 2009. At the event, Peter Pakosh and Roy Robinson were inducted into the Manitoba Manufacturers’ Hall of Fame as Pioneers. I was honoured to accept the award on my grandfather’s behalf. Here are the other individuals and […]

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  • 11 Apr ,2013

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