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Covid-19 Update
Our approach to COVID-19

What we’re doing

Complete Tractor has adapted to the current COVID-19 outbreak to keep our community, customers and employees safe. These measures have allowed us to continue serving our customers with little impact to order delivery.

Here are the actions we’ve taken:

  • Any employee who can work from home is now doing so. Working from home has allowed us to dramatically reduce the number of people who are present in our offices and warehouse facilities.

  • We’ve redesigned our workstations in our shipping and distribution centers, adding space between packing areas, implementing additional social distancing guidelines and reducing the amount of contact with packages and merchandise.

  • Package handlers have been issued protective gear such as gloves and masks when processing orders. We’ve also provided hand sanitizers for use by employees.

  • Temperatures are checked for all employees entering our offices and warehouses. Persons exhibiting a temperature outside of a normal range are not admitted to our facilities. We’re following CDC guidelines for delaying a return to work when someone exhibits signs of illness.

  • We’ve restricted outside visitors from entering our offices and facilities. At this time, no outside guests are allowed to enter our buildings.

  • We encourage our employees to take care of themselves and their families during this outbreak. Our health-first approach to employee relations strengthens our sense of teamwork.

The good news is that we’re operating at nearly 100% capacity in shipping orders. You can continue to rely on us for the aftermarket parts you need. We are aware that the COVID-19 outbreak has impacted some of the delivery services we use, so there are occasional delays for that reason. At this time, the impact of these delays appears minimal.

We’re working hard to provide you with the replacement parts you need to keep tractors and farm equipment fully operational. We’ll get through this time together and look forward to promising times ahead.

Take care,
The Complete Tractor team

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The Love of a Tractor Lasts Forever

Editor’s Note: Bob Nelson shared this story about his life experiences with a 1948 Ford 8N tractor. The story provides insight into how tractors play an important role in people’s lives. The photos show Bob at approximately 8 years of age on his Grandpa Habrman’s tractor and a more recent shot of the same tractor. We hope you enjoy Bob’s story as much as we did.

Grandpa Habrman’s 1948 Ford 8N Tractor
By Bob Nelson

“To the extent that it is possible to “love” an inanimate object, I loved my Grandpa Habrman’s 1948 Ford 8N tractor. I learned to drive on it, as well as how to use a clutch and transmission. Grandpa knew how much that tractor meant to me, so he gave me lots of chances to drive. I still love this tractor. Judging by the serial number on the engine block, this tractor was manufactured in mid-June of 1948. I have an original owner Dearborn tractor registration, signed by Grandpa, dated July 13, 1948. My birthday is July 16, 1948. Do you believe in coincidences?“

“Those days were different to be sure. Kids were driving tractors solo by the age of 10 years. I spent a lot of my childhood at Grandpa and Grandma Habrman’s dairy farm on Pokegama creek. There was always something to do with the tractor. Picking rocks in the fields, hauling water to the calves on the adjacent 40 acres and raking hay into windrows. Mid-summer meant haying time. Grandpa put his hay up “loose,”; meaning the hay was lifted to the hay wagon by a trailing hay lift. Grandpa would lay “slings” in the hay wagon and distribute the hay with a pitchfork as I drove the tractor over the windrows. It was hot, dirty work in baking sunshine. Then, after 3 slings were filled, the wagon would be towed to the barn where I would pull the slings up to the haymow by rope, one at a time. Grandpa would go in the haymow and yell when he wanted grandma to pull the trip rope and drop the hay.

“The best time was mid-August when it was time to harvest the oats. Grandpa was part owner of a McCormick-Deering threshing machine with several other nearby farmers. We would spend about 2 weeks going from farm to farm as all of the owners got together and jointly threshed the oats. I would drive the tractor, pulling a hay wagon from oat shock to oat shock. The workers spoke to each other in Bohemian while throwing the oat bundles onto the hay wagon. Every noon meal was like Thanksgiving, as the farm wives put on a feast that you couldn’t believe. The threshing machine belched out and filled the air with oat straw and chaff. That was REALLY hot and dirty!

“In the fall, it was time to go into the woods to cut and split wood. I would drive the tractor out, pulling a wagon to load the split wood and haul it back to the house where it would be stacked to warm the house for the winter ahead.

“Those were some of the best days of my life as I look back at them. What a fantastic childhood.”

 

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