Rock Island

The Rock Island Plow Co. was established in the late 1800s at Rock Island, Illinios and its product line included farm machinery and stationary engines. In 1914 they began to sell tractors built by the Heider Manufacturing Co. of Carroll, Iowa, and eventually bought the company two years later; Rock Island continued to use the "Heider" name on its tractors until the end of the 1920s. Heider tractors featured four-cylinder Waukesha engines and friction drive, and were available in several sizes: these included the Model C 12-20 hp (later advertised as a 15-27), the Model D 9-16 hp and the Model M 5-10 hp motor cultivator. In the late 1920s a new series of tractors was launched, including the Model F 18-35 and Model G2 15-25 - these bore a superficial resemblance to International Harvester tractors of the same period. In 1937 the Rock Island Plow Co. was purchased by the J.I. Case Co. and tractor production ceased.

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Rock Island Heider Model C 12-20 (serial no. 2258) at the Little Casterton Working Weekend, Lincolnshire, England in 2007.



Rock Island Heider Model C 12-20 at Western Minnesota Steam Threshers Reunion, Rollag, Minnesota, USA in 2011.



Rock Island Heider Model C 12-20 at the Lester F. Larsen Tractor Test and Power Museum, Lincoln, Nebraska, USA in 2011.



Rock Island Heider Model C 15-27 (serial no. 8622) at the Pioneer Power Show, Le Sueur, Minnesota, USA in 2011.



Rock Island Heider Model C 15-27 (serial no. 8660) at the Pioneer Power Show, Le Sueur, Minnesota, USA in 2011.



Rock Island Heider Model C 15-27 (serial no. 8668) at the Vooroorlogse Tractorshow Bergeijk, Netherlands in 2011.



Rock Island Heider Model C 15-27 (serial no. 8966) at the Stuhr Museum of the Prairie Pioneer, Grand Island, Nebraska, USA in 2011.



Rock Island Heider Model C 15-27 at Bright's Pioneer Exhibit, Le Grand, California, USA in 2008.



Rock Island Heider Model C 15-27 at WMSTR, Rollag, Minnesota, USA in 2004.



Rock Island Heider Model C 15-27 photographed in a private collection in the UK in 2013.



Rock Island Heider Model D 9-16 (serial no. 10074) at Pioneer Village, Minden, Nebraska, USA in 2011.



Rock Island Heider Model D 9-16 at the Heidrick Ag History Center, Woodland, California, USA in 2005.



Rock Island Model FA 18-35 (serial no. 291460) at Bonanzaville, Fargo, North Dakota, USA in 2011.



Rock Island Model F or FA 18-35 at the Great Dorset Steam Fair, Dorset, England in 2002.



Rock Island Model F or FA 18-35 at the Somerset Vintage & Classic Tractor Show, Somerset, England in 2007.



Rock Island Model F or FA 18-35 at the Yorkshire Vintage Association Rally, Newby Hall, Yorkshire, England in 2009.



Rock Island Model F or FA 18-35 at the Yorkshire Vintage Association Rally, Newby Hall, Yorkshire, England in 2011.



Rock Island Model F or FA 18-35 at the Steam Threshing Jamboree, Prairie Village, Madison, South Dakota, USA in 2011.



Rock Island Model G2 15-25 (serial no. 90227) at Pioneer Village, Minden, Nebraska, USA in 2011.



Rock Island Model G2 15-25 (serial no. 100026) at the Little Casterton Working Weekend, Lincolnshire, England in 2005.



Rock Island Model H4 15-25 (serial no. 34080, built 1934) photographed in a private collection in the UK in 2013.

 


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