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Source: Rural Lifestyle Dealer report by Lynn Woolf

In our last issue, we shared news about Woods Equipment's partnership with Cabela's to sell the company's tractor attachments through test markets.

Cabela's is also just now introducing its own brand of tractors through similar tests. We followed up with Cabela's to learn more about their tractors.

"They are part of our new wildlife and land management product line. A lot of our customers are land owners and land stewards. We offer products like food plot seeders, game cameras and UTVs and felt like we needed to expand on our product line," says Nathan Borowski, Cabela's communications specialist. "We want to provide our customers a one-stop shop for all their land management needs."

The tractors were introduced in early August in the test markets of Sidney, Neb.; Allen and Fort Worth, Texas; Rogers, Ark.; Gonzales, La.; East Hartford, Conn.; and Rogers, Minn. The speculation is that the tractors are from a Chinese manufacturer, but Borowski says: "As for who manufactures the tractors, we have not released that information at this time. However, they are produced in state-of-the-art facilities under the most stringent qualities standards and carry the Cabela's name."

The models offered include open station or enclosed cab. There are 6 open station models that range from 35-50 horsepower with either a hydrostatic or fully synchronized transmission. The enclosed cab models are offered in 43 or 50 horsepower with hydrostat transmission. All models are four wheel drive and have a power take-off and category-1 hitch.

Borowski wasn't able to comment on how long the testing phase would last, other than to share this: "Our goal is to provide for our customers and offer whatever they need for their wildlife and land management needs."