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The Cameco's were strong and simple machines with minimal sophistication.

Very heavy build, Has 2wd to about 100/120 HP, mainly for haulage, FWA to about 220, then jumped to the 805 - think about 460 from memory.

JD quashed the line on taking over - they saw it as product duplication, which is a shame as the Cameco's were more towards the industrial market. (perhaps Bell had a say in that!!)

There is one in Holland - perhaps you have seen this:

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-8353699219257606473

To answer the Questions?

What - deep ploughing / marling on the Dutch polders. The polders are reclaimed land.

Why - On ocasions a marling operation is required. The plough has a big blade and a skimmer - the top layer is put into the furrow bottom while the big blade brings material from the bottom to the top. Bringing nutrient rich siol to the surface is one use of the technique, another is marling, there granular under soil is mixed with clay topsoil to improve friability and drainage.

How - the Cameco is a strong draft tractor - however it is unable to deep plow or handle the plough. It helpd the Fendt (Multiple Fents, Masseys and Challengers all used but always a Fendt on the Plough.

The Fendt mounts and can control the plough accurately, whilst the Vario transmission self adjusts to the forces applied by the Cameco.

And the Fendts are able to do it.
 

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When Deere took over Cameco died! Cameco tractors and harvesters were mainly powered and driven by CAT (engines, tracks for harvesters and drivetrain components), even in the beginning of the Deere takeover. Cameco was a low volume manufacturer of highly specialized products (some simple and some complex) for the sugar cane industry and were mainly used in overseas markets due to the shift in sugar production to Africa and South America and lower cost alternatives (i.e., 4x4 tractors) in North America, but value added due to their efficient use of quality sourced . Deere quickly moved in and displaced much of the Cameco production with the new 4700 sprayer production and then began chasing the CAT out of the Cameco products in exchange for its own components. Today, Deere is just another player in the sugar can industry and not the leader Cameco once was. The large 4x4 tractor was discontinued as was the singature yellow paint and tracks of the harvester, which now wears green and yellow.
 

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The last 805 was built in 2001 and used a Cummins 600 hp engine. The original plan for that tractor was to use a CAT engine, until a visiting Deere VIP spotted the CAT engine mounted in a Cameco/JD tractor.
Needless to say, a classic 'Conniption Fit' soon followed.


At the time Deere did not produce a 600 hp OEM engine (I'm not sure if they do even now or not) so the Cummins was used in place of the CAT engine.
 
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