The Ford FW series of tractors were introduced to compete other brands High hp machines / meet demand from 'Blue customers' for more power. To fill this gap in the model range Ford bought in Steiger tractors rather than develop there own models. The tractors ranged from 150 hp up to 300 hp + and used proven engines from Cummins rather than Ford units.
The Ford FW-20 of 210 hp (160 kW) and the Ford FW-40 of 295 hp (220 kW) were only sold in the North American Market.
The FW range was replaced in 1982 by the Versatile built range of articulated tractors when Case IH bought Steiger. Ford then bought Versatile and merged the operation with New Holland. But when New Holland was sold by Ford to the Fiat group of Italy, and the New Holland division was merged with Case IH to form CNH Global, the Versatile division had to be sold off under a competition regulator ruling to allow the deal to proceed.
References / sources
- www.tractordata.com - tractor specs (power ratings)