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Allis Chalmers WD-45

ALLIS CHALMERS WD-45

By 1953, John Deere and IH were coming out with tractors that had over 40 horsepower, and Allis-Chalmers had to respond. So, they introduced the "WD45" with 30-39 HP on the drawbar. The increase in power took it into the four-plow class, and the tractor sold well. The new "Snap-Coupler" hitch system allowed the farmer to back up over an implement until a tongue snapped into the hitch, something the three-point hitch couldn't do for several years. The WD45 was also the first A-C tractor to offer a diesel engine and power steering. Between 1953-57, Allis sold over 90,000 "WD45s" 83,500 with gas engines and 6,500 with diesel engines. That was half again more than the comparable John Deere Model "60" that sold 61,000 tractors between '52-57. However, the WD45 was Allis-Chalmers' highest-powered tractor at 39 HP by the end of its production. In that same time, IH offered the "400" with 48 HP and John Deere topped out with the Model "80" at 62 HP.