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McCormick Farmall Super A
Model history
Model introduced 1947
Model discontinued 1954
Model status Discontinued Discontinued
No. produced 105,679
Preceded by McCormick-Deering Farmall A
Superseded by McCormick Farmall Super A-1
Engine Specification
Engine make International
Engine model C-113
Fuel type gasoline
Power hp 18 belt, 16 drawbar
Governed rpm 1400
Displacement cu in /(litre) 113 ci
No. of Cylinders 4
Bore in (mm) 3 in
Stroke in (mm) 4 in
Cooling system water
Naturally aspirated, Turbo or Supercharged NA
Transmission Details
Transmission type sliding gear
Gearbox make International
Forward 4
Reverse 1
Drive 2-WD
General Data
Linkage Category drawbar
Tyre Sizes (std/options)
Front 5.00-15 4-ply
Rear 12.4-24 4-ply
Tractor Dimensions
Length (inches/metres) 106 in
Width (inches/meters) 56 in
Height (inches/meters) 64 in
Weight (nominal) lb/kg 2385 lb
Turning circle (nominal) inches/meters 17 ft
Wheelbase 71 in
Other info
Factories Tractor Works, Chicago, Illinois, USA
Plow rating 1-16"
Approximate Cost new in (year) $1400 (1954)
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The Farmall Super A was built by International Harvester from 1947 to 1954 in Chicago, Illinois and Louisville, Kentucky, USA.

Model History

For Company history see
Main article: International Harvester

For high-clearance model see: McCormick Farmall Super AV For industrial version see: International Super A

Introduced in late 1947, the McCormick Farmall Super A was an upgrade of the Farmall A with more standard equipment, adding to its weight. The Super A was mechanically identical to the A except for a slightly higher compression ratio that gave it slightly more power. One of the main features of the Super A was the "Touch-Control" hydraulic system. The Super A ushered in a whole range of “Super” tractors for International Harvester.

Tractor Comparison

During the years the Super A was in production, several other manufacturers made small tractors of similar layout (most without the offset design of the Farmall). As shown in the table, the Allis-Chalmers B, Case VAS, John Deere M, and Massey-Harris Pacer were closest to the Super A in hp, weight, and price. The Super A had the lowest hp in the group so, in 1954, International Harvester brought out the updated Farmall Super A-1 with slightly more power from a larger displacement engine.

Make & model Pto hp Weight (lb) Price ($)
McCormick Farmall Super A 18 2385 1420 (1954)
Allis-Chalmers B 22 2060 1525 (1957)
Case VAS 21 2950 1564 (1952)
Gibson H 25 4079
John Deere M 20 2695 1100 (1952)
John Deere 40 25 2750 1521 (1954)
Leader ~25 ~2500 1395 (1948)
Massey-Harris Pacer 19 1915 1418 (1957)
Minneapolis-Moline BG 28 2880 1710 (1957)
McCormick Farmall Super A-1 21 2383

Note: Specifications and prices for comparison tables from [1] and [2]


Factory locations

  • Tractor Works, Chicago, Illinois, USA
  • Louisville Works, Louisville, Kentucky, USA


See Infobox for basic details

  • Standard tires
  • 113 ci 4-cylinder gasoline engine
  • 4-speed transmission
  • Electric starting and lights
  • Touch-Control hydraulics
  • Adjustable front axle
  • Standard tires
    • Front: 4.00-15 4-ply
    • Rear: 9-24 4-ply

Variations and Options

  • Distillate engine
  • Non-adjustable front axle
  • Heavy-duty adjustable front axle
  • Optional tires
    • Front: 5.00-15 or 6.00-16 4-ply
    • Rear: 8-24, 10-24, or 11-24 4-ply

Serial Numbers Information

Year Serial no. run
Serial no. run
Number Built Notes
1947 250001 250081 81 Total calculated from serial number range, includes Super AV and International Super A
1948 250082 268195 18114
1949 268196 281268 13073
1950 281269 300125 18857
1951 300126 324469 24344
1952 324470 336879 12410
1953 336880 353347 16468
1954 353348 355679 2332
Total built 105679


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References / Sources

  1. Hall, Mike, Ed., The Official Tractor Blue Book 2010, Price Digests, Overland Park, Kansas, 2009
  2. Larsen, Lester, “Farm Tractors 1950-1975”, American Society of Agricultural Engineers, St. Joseph, Michigan, 1981
  3. 3.0 3.1 Wendel, C. H., 150 Years of International Harvester, Crestline Publishing, Sarasota, Florida, 1981

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