In 1966, Versatile was the first company to mass-produce articulated 4WD tractors. In 1967, Versatile established a partnership with Cummins in which all Versatile equipment would be available with Cummins engines. In 2017, just a little over 50 years later, that partnership is still going strong with the renewal of the companies’ long-term engine supply agreement in 2015.
“The agriculture business is important to Cummins, and is a growing business. Relationships with customers such as Versatile are paramount to continued success,” said Hugh Foden, Executive Director – Cummins Off-Highway Engine Business. “Versatile and Cummins have a long history of partnership, and we look forward to continued partnership long into the future.”
Buhler Industries President Dmitry Lyubimov said that this agreement represents a commitment to Versatile dealers and customers. “The Cummins engine is closely associated with the Versatile brand, recognized for power and reliability. We can focus on developing products for our customers in North America and around the world, while working on the appropriate technology solutions with Cummins as our engine partner.”
Versatile launched Tier 4 Final engines in 2016, and will continue to roll out Tier 4 Final engines in all products in 2017.
“We are confident that Cummins will deliver the right technology for Tier 4 Final to Versatile customers, providing the utmost in reliability, durability and efficiency for a low total cost of ownership,” said Doug McCormick, Versatile Account Executive for Cummins.
To celebrate 50 years in the industry, Versatile hosted a special event for dealers at their factory in Winnipeg, Man. The Research and Development Center was transformed into a dining hall and ballroom, and Versatile unveiled a new paint and decal scheme — a throwback to the red, yellow and black design that made Versatile famous, used between 1966 and 1986. Cummins supplied two Tier 4 Final show engines for the event: the QSX15, which powers the largest Versatile tractors, and the QSL9, which powers the row-crop Versatile tractor.
The event included an awards ceremony and a banquet, where a beautifully restored 1966 C10 Chevrolet pickup featuring custom red, yellow and black paint was given to one lucky Versatile customer. The 1966 model was chosen to honor the first year in business for Versatile.
Also in attendance was Big Roy, a monstrous four-wheel-drive tractor powered by a QSK19 Cummins engine. It was built in 1977 during an era in which tractor manufacturers were trying to outdo one another to see who could build the biggest tractor. For the 50th-year celebration, Big Roy was fully restored, and will go on display later this year at the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum.