Sigel company sells tractors all over the world |


SIGEL – There is a special issue that the Walk family of rural Sigel have taken to heart over the past 20 years.

The John Deere 6030, built from 1972 to 1977, was a farm powerhouse during the time they were made, according to Brad Walk of My6030.

“Comparatively, they were like the big, muscle cars of the 1970s,” Walk said. “It’s the John Deere version of a muscle tractor. There is a lot of nostalgia behind the 60’s30s.

When he grew up on the farm, his family did not own a 6030. However, a few of his neighbors owned the high performance turbo engine tractor. He saw several tractor withdrawals back then and knew the John Deere 6030 was a very dominant tractor.

“They were way beyond other tractors at the time in terms of horsepower,” he said.

Walk said he bought his first 6030 in 1998, when he was 25, and only used it briefly on his family farm in the Sigel countryside. It was then that he started looking for coins when he found out that there was a high demand for 6,030 coins. In 2003, he said he made his first commercial transaction.

“I took the cab off my tractor and tried to sell it. It became clear to me that there was huge interest in the same parts that I was looking for as they didn’t make as many without booths. The people who collected them preferred to have one without a taxi, ”he said. “John Deere only made 4,028.”

He said as the farmers with more disposable income, they became more interested in collecting 6,030 tractors.

“I was buying a tractor or two here and there very slowly and it was easy to find someone to buy it,” Walk said.

He said there were two versions of the 6030. Some were built with turbo engines and some were not.

“Forty-six were made without turbos, which adds another twist to the 6030’s history,” he said. “It was the only John Deere tractor they had ever offered with a choice of engines.

Walk said there was very little interest in low-powered non-turbo engines and that only 46,6030 with non-turbo engines were made in 1973.

He said he made thousands of phone calls in his quest for 6,030 tractors. Walk has said in years past that he could go to a John Deere dealership and give him the names and addresses of the people who bought the tractor and its serial number.

“I would go to John Deere and get 500 serial numbers and call to try to see if they still had the tractor or knew where the tractor was,” Walk said. “Over time, people started to notice that I was looking for them. Here we are 20 years later, it’s good because people will think of me when they want to buy or sell and that’s what we’re here for.

He said the greatest blessing of all is the people he has met along the way. Walk said he has spoken and made friendships with people in just about every state.

“I have met some longtime friends talking about tractors,” Walk said.

Today it is a family business. Brad Walk, his wife Casey, their children Dalton, Connor, Reese, Karli and Mason all stepped up to help with the business. He said his father, Bill Walk, and mother, Doris Walk, have been very supportive over the years.

“Casey is a great support and she is just great. She has a lot of ideas and suggestions and is very good at marketing, ”he said. “Dalton and Connor help out all the time in the store.”

Walk credits his cousin, Bernie Platz, as one of the brains behind the scenes.

“He’s a mechanical genius. Anything complicated… He supports me, ”Walk said. “I am not a mechanic. He’s my go-to guy whenever I need something fixed.

He said Jay Romack, Rich Mette and Keith Postlewait were not his immediate family, but did play an important role in the My6030 business.

“We couldn’t do what we do without them,” said Brad Walk. “These guys are like family. They are great guys.

He said that while My6030 activity is important, there is another factor that he considers more important.

“Agriculture is a top priority,” Walk said.

Walk is a sixth generation family farmer and says he thinks his boys will be seventh.

“The seventh generation seems to be on the right track,” he said.

Walk said they sell an average of 40 to 50 John Deere 6030 tractors per year. He said he only restores a handful of the 6,030 tractors each year. He said he buys tractors, cleans them, checks them, and then the customer has a choice of how they want the tractor to handle its completion.

“We don’t sell the tractor and then we’re done,” Walk said. “If you want different tires or if you change the way they look. We are here to customize the overall appearance of the tractor according to customer preferences.

He said some customers added front wheel assist because the original 6030 tractors only came from the factory with two-wheel drive, custom tires, different engine installations, modified transmissions, axles and steering. Walk also has several 6,030 pieces available for sale.

“We probably have an unrivaled parts inventory for the 6030s,” he said. “We have everything you could possibly want. “

Walk said his business over the years has been 400 out of 4,028 John Deere 6,030 products in total. He said he sold 6030s on several continents overseas and in almost every state in the United States.

“We sell tractors all over the world. We have shipped tractors to Europe, Africa, Australia and South America. We ship 10 to 12 tractors overseas every year, ”he said. “I have sold in almost every state except Hawaii, Utah, Nevada and Rhode Island”

It also has its own 6030 collection which includes the first 6030 manufactured, the only 6030 off the assembly line painted yellow, one of the non-turbo 46 6030s ever made in 1973 and the last 6030 off the assembly line that anyone could own.

“The last 6030 was kept by John Deere off the assembly line,” he said. “What I love most about all of this is meeting people.”

Visit my6030.com for more information on the 6030 Tractor and available parts.

Today, Walk lives only three-quarters of a mile from where he grew up.

“I always tell people that I haven’t made it far in life,” he joked.