Skip to main content

Heider farm tractors

Heider was an Iowa based tractor manufacturer that offered a series of machines by utilizing its friction drive system. This was a mechanical continuously variable transmission that allowed the company to distinguish itself from competitors. Heider was founded in 1911 and within the next year, its products were offered under the Rock Island Plow Company. The initial machines did not carry the branding of Heider and this title appeared only after 1914. A total of 5 different tractor models were offered by the company that ranged in power from 11 to 30 horsepower. These compact machines were well equipped to handle the needs and wants of local customers with minimal requirements but could not match the power possessed by imported competitors. This is why, after a while, Heider was unable to meet the requirements of customers and, as a result, ceased operations within the next two decades. The last model to be offered by Heider was offered until 1929 after which the company disappeared from the list of tractor manufacturers more than 90 years ago. Resultantly, no Heider products are currently in existence. Some of the tractor models offered by the company included but were not limited to 6-10, B and D 9-16.

List of tractor models

Model Power Year of production start Year of production end
C 15-27 30 hp 1924 1927
6-10 11 hp 1920 1926
C 12-20 17 hp 1916 1924
D 9-16 17 hp 1916 1929
B 22 hp 1911 1914