Versatile Manufacturing Ltd
Successor Buhler Versatile
New Holland
Founded 1946
Founder(s) Peter Pakosh and Roy Robinson
Headquarters Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Products agriculture machinery, tractor, auger, swather, Combine harvester

Versatile is a Canadian brand of agricultural equipment that has produced augers, swathers, Combine harvesters and most notably tractors. Founded by Peter Pakosh and brother-in-law Roy Robinson in 1946, working in a basement. Tye company is based in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Peter as a tool designer for Massey-Harris and had been turned down when he tried to join the product design department.[1] They sold out to Cornat Industries in 1977, who then sold out to Ford New Holland in 1987. Ford New Holland had been partially purchased by by Fiat. Fiat increased its stake in Ford, and the name changed to New Holland. Versatile was sold to Buhler Industries in 2000 due to regulatory concerns when Case IH merged with New Holland to form CNH Global. The tractors were branded as Buhler Versatile. In 2007, the Russian combine manufacturer RostSelMash purchased 80% of company. In 2009, they dropped the Buhler name and returned to just Versatile.


Founded as the The Hydraulic Engineering Company in 1948 after Founder Peter Pakosh was disgruntled with Massey-Harris and first produced grain augers. Sprayers were next, followed by a new harrow drawbar. In 1964 a new factory was built in Fort Garry, Winnipeg, Canada; producing 5000 swathers in 1964 alone. The company was incorporated in 1963 as Versatile Manufacturing Ltd. In 1966 they entered the 4wd tractor market with the Versatile D-100, a 100 hp (75 kW) tractor fitted with a Ford 6-cylinder diesel engine. The Model Versatile G-100 had a 318 V8 Chrysler Industrial engine. Both had 3-F 1R gear boxes within a 4-range transfer case. There was no cab, thus selling for less than $10,000. Only 100 D100's and 25 G100's were built due late introduction in the model year.

Next year (1967), the Versatile D-118, Versatile 125 and Versatile 145 were introduced. The same year a Self-Propelled combine was introduced, called the Versatile SP420, along with the Pull type Model 420. A new line for 1968 was a self-propelled swather, the Versatile SP400, with hydrostatic drive. The swather was followed by the Versatile 5000 hydrostatic combine in 1970.

Versatile logo 2

Versatile logo An innovative Tractor of a Push-pull design was introduced in 1977 called the Versatile 150 Bi-Directional, followed by the 160. Replaced by the Versatile 256 Bi-Directional of 85 hp (63 kW) in 1984 . A more powerful 100 hp (75 kW) Versatile 276 Bi-Directional followed in 1985.

Versatile then built a tractor to be the biggest in the world. This 600 hp (450 kW) monster had 8 wheels, a 19-litre engine from Cummins and weighed in at 26 tons. It was Nick-named as "Big Roy" after Roy Robinson but was designated as the Versatile 1080. It never went into production,.

The Constant power series was introduced in 1977, of 4 models. The Versatile 835, Versatile 855, Versatile 875, and Versatile 935, ranging from 230 hp (170 kW) to 330 hp (250 kW). The Company was sold to Cornat Industries of Vancouver in 1977 after a failed bid by Hesston.

The world market was open up in 1979 by a deal with Fiat to supply tractor to the European market. Sold as the Fiat 44-23 (230 hp (170 kW)), Fiat 44-28 (280 hp (210 kW)), Fiat 44-33 (330 hp (250 kW)), and the Fiat 44-35 (350 hp (260 kW)), painted in the sandy orange color of Fiat. The company was taken over by Ford Tractors in 1987, who also bought Sperry New Holland, and renamed the tractor division Ford New Holland.

Versatile NobleEdit

Versatile Noble logo

Noble was a Canadian company that manufactured tillage equipment. It was purchased by Versatile, another Canadian company, in 1979 to extend Versatile's products. They were marketed for a time as Versatile Noble.[2] The tillage division was later spun off as New Noble, possibly when Ford Tractors purchased Versatile.

UK Market & PreservationEdit

They were best Known in the UK for the High-horesepower tractors, which were imported mainly under the Fiat brand.

There are a few examples under preservation in the UK or being worked by smaller farms as a cheap big tractor to cover a lot of ground. The UK conditions didn't suit them as the design suited USA/Canadian conditions of fast shallow tillage work not deep heavy ploughing.

Model rangeEdit

Versatile ad
Versatile grain drill

Versatile Grain Drill



Ford Versatile ModelsEdit

Fiat ModelsEdit

Other ModelsEdit

Versatile Harvester Models
Model Year(s) Produced Horsepower Engine Type Misc Notes Photo
Versatile 42 swather
Versatile 400 swather Ford
Versatile 4400 swather Ford
Versatile 4700 swather
Versatile 4750 swather
Versatile 420 combine
Versatile 5000 combine -

See alsoEdit


  1. "Ultimate Tractor Power, Vol. 2", Peter D. Simpson, 2002

External linksEdit


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