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  • Why join the Club? Why pay the dues?

    This site was founded as an "unofficial club" that later became a formal club with bylaws, which then incorporated and established membership dues.  The Club was formed and dues were instituted for two primary purposes:

    1. To help encourage turning “virtual relationships” into real, face-to-face relationships with other enthusiasts, and,
    2. To ensure that the site was self-sustaining, to preserve, protect, and add to the wealth of information that has accumulated here. Many websites and forums have come and gone -- this is not just another discussion forum or website, but rather a self-sustaining club...

    Dues were initially set quite low -- $10 per full calendar year – and have never increased.  When you consider what you get for $10, many members state that it has paid for their investment many times over. Yet, this rate has proven sufficient – the site was founded almost 20 years ago – and continues to grow and thrive.  The Club has the cash reserves to pay for this recent major site upgrade, and to pay recurring expenses for the foreseeable future.

    Meanwhile, the Club encourages interactions by sponsoring social get-togethers with other members, “competitions” such as Tractor of the Month, and club displays at tractor and antique machinery shows across the country.  We are regularly invited to participate at the Gathering of the Orange (GOTO) shows for Allis-Chalmers collectors, for example.  

    So, what do I get for the $10? Perhaps most importantly, the satisfaction of helping preserve, protect and build this knowledgebase of information for posterity. In a nutshell here's what it provides:

    • Access to view, post and reply in all the forums, both technical and social
    • Access to all the additional resources such as the real-time Chat, File Downloads, Links, and Articles
    • Ability to create Photo Albums, Blogs, and Tractor Registry entries
    • Ability to view more information about other members, such as their location
    • Avoid seeing the Google Adsense (or other) ads that are injected into the site for all other visitors

    A major benefit is the fellowship -- the opportunity to get to know and meet other enthusiasts with similar interests.  You won't find another site quite like this one, where virtual friends become real friends.  In large part, this is done by gaining access to the restricted areas of the clubhouse with all its resources and access to information about other members.  A summary of the specific differences is included below:

    Discussion Forums

     Casual Visitors

    Registered Users Club Members

      General Information

         

    Events & Gatherings

    No Access View Only View & Post

    News & Announcements

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    View & Post

      Tractor Discussions

         

    Commonly Asked Questions

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    View Only

    View & Post

    Technical Tips and Articles

    No Access

    View Only

    View & Post

    My Latest Tractor Senior Moment

    No Access No Access View & Post

    Simplicity & Allis Memorabilia

    View Only

    View Only

    View & Post

    What's It Worth

    No Access

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    View & Post

    Talking Tractors

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    View & Post View & Post

    Show & Tell

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    Shop Talk

    No Access No Access View & Post

    Tractor Transportation

    No Access View Only View & Post

    eBay & Related Auctions, Ads, etc.

    No Access View & Post View & Post

      Club & Community

         

    Coffee Shop

    No Access No Access View & Post

    Gardening

    No Access No Access View & Post

    Back Room Lounge

    No Access No Access View & Post

    Club Business

    No Access No Access View & Post

      Using the Clubhouse

         

    How do I ??

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    View & Post View & Post

    Test Drives or Just Foolin' Around

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    View & Post View & Post

    Bugs, Suggestions and Feedback

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    View & Post View & Post
    Other Clubhouse Areas

    Casual Visitors

    Registered Users Club Members

    Classified Ads for tractors, attachments, parts, etc.

    View only Add, rate, comment, share Add, rate, comment, share

    Videos section to catalog and share videos

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    Photo Gallery with unlimited photo uploads

    View only View only Add, rate, comment, share

    Links Directory of parts sources, more information, etc.

    No Access No Access Add, rate, comment

    User-Submitted Tech Articles on troubleshooting, repair,  etc.

    No Access No Access Add, rate, comment, share

    File Downloads of manuals, brochures, reference info

    No Access No Access Add, rate, comment, download

    Member Blogs to record your tractor adventures

    View only View only Add, rate, comment, share

    Events Calendar for club gatherings, shows, etc.

    No Access No Access Add, rate, comment,

    Research section with 1,000-plus pages of information

    View only View only Rate, comment, share

    Tractor Registry with 1,000-plus tractors

    No Access View only Add, rate, comment

    Membership List

    No Access Limited access Full access

     Chat Room for conducting real-time chats

    No Access No Access Full access
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