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Case IH Service Manuals

The Case IH brand and red logo embody a tradition of leadership in agricultural equipment. The brand is synonymous with incomparable performance, low operating costs and a high level of reliability. The range of tractors, balers and combine harvesters reflects the heritage of leading agricultural equipment producers and brands such as Case, International Harvester and David Brown, to name a few. Each brand has played an important role in the history and development of Case IH. But even the finest piece of equipment will need service, repair, and regular maintenance.  A factory Case IH service manual is the only real choice.  The free Case operators manual you may have originally received with the purchase of your tractor is merely a rudimentary guide for becoming familiar with the operation and minor maintenance of your Case machinery.  But, an authentic Case IH Tractor service manual is a must-have item for the professional and do-it-yourself mechanic.  You already know this if you are the person responsible for repairing Case equipment for a shop, farm, or construction site.

Technical Manuals – The First Choice of Professionals

Today, Case IH is recognized as a global provider of powerful, reliable and highly productive equipment, principally for large grain producers, and it boasts an organization of field personnel who are committed to providing a high level of professional services that can optimize management of an agricultural concern from A to Z.

In 1957, Case bought out the American Tractor Corporation (ATC). ATC was founded in 1950 and was a producer of small crawler tractors. Their production of dozers (marketed as Terradozers) and development of an integrated backhoe was of particular interest to Case. Case dropped the ATC name in 1959 only retaining the Terratrac name for the drive trains. This led to a hybrid tractor being rolled out of the Burlington Plant in 1957. This model, the 320 Construction King, would become synonymous in the United States to the name backhoe loader.

1964 brought the acquisition of Colt Garden Tractors.  This was the first garden tractor powered by ‘Hy-Drive”, a form of hydraulic propulsion that allowed for various heavy duty attachments and eliminated the need for transaxle drive belts. The Kern County Land Company, using oil money, bought the Case Company. In turn Kern County sold Case to Tenneco Company of Texas.

In 1972, Case bought the British tractor builder David Brown Ltd.  In this timeperiod Case was repositioned as a construction business, with the expansion the construction arm and repositioning of the company away from agricultural machinery. American farms began to slide into collapse due to interest rates and low prices.

In 1974 Case acquired most of the French construction equipment firm, Poclain.

In 1983, during purchase of International Harvester assets, Case sold its garden tractor division to Ingersoll Power Equipment.  Ingersoll tractors would continue to carry the Case brand name until 1987.

In 1984, Case parent Tenneco bought selected assets of the International Harvester agriculture division and merged it with J.I. Case. All agriculture products are first labeled Case International and later Case IH.  They used the 94 Series CASE Utility, two- and four wheel drives for CaseIH’s first tractor together as a company. But Case IH’s REAL first tractor was the Magnum. Introduced in 1985 the Magnum began production and the 94 series line was dropped. However, the MAGNUM design was a combination of IH’s 50 series tractor, and the Case 94 series – so the new tractor was familiar to owners of both brands. Likewise, the styling and industrial design came from both sides with IH’s Consulting design firm (Montgomery Design International) providing the original MAGNUM styling concept and the internal design group under Ralph Lanphere providing much of the detail work. When Case IH bought out Steiger in 1986 they also continued the Steiger branding, and still do today.

In 1996 Austrian tractor builder Steyr Tractor was purchased.

Case IH Combine circa 2006.

The Case Corporation joined with New Holland N.V. to become CNH, nowCNH Global, in November 1999. Because of the merger, CNH was forced to release its production plants in Doncaster, England and Winnipeg, Canada.  The Doncaster site was bought by the ARGO-group, owner of tractor builder Landini, and brought back the McCormick brand. The plant in Winnipeg was taken over by the Buhler family to start Buhler Tractors.

In Europe the merger with New Holland (including the former Fordson and Fiat tractor lines) was the success Case IH expected. In 2006 Case IH came with a plan to bring back the “International” feel to their products. They brought back the old International Harvester logo, and made more technical difference between the two brands. Montgomery Design International redid the industrial design and styling of the MAGNUM and several other new CaseIH products as well as the New Holland “Cat’s Eye” styling on all New Holland tractors and the revised Steyr tractor styling. These styling themes continue to this day.