Schmidt Machine Company
At Schmidt Machine Company we carry new and used farm equipment ranging from tractors, combines, tillage and much more. Located in Upper Sandusky but serve all of the surrounding areas from Upper Sandusky, Findlay, Marion and even Canada and South America. We carry AGCO branded products: Massey Ferguson, Gleaner, Sunflower, Kinze, Great Plains, and Woods. Schmidt Machine Company also has a full machine shop, auger repair, and a laser to cut different thicknesses of metals.
Schmidt Machine Company started out in the home of Bill Sr. in 1928. Shortly after starting his own machine shop, Bill purchased an 80 acre farm, while also continuing to farm the 160 acres of his father-in-law's. Bill was a person who liked to tinker with things; his family started some trends that hit the entire United States. The first idea that Bill started was putting a set of rubber tires on a tractor in 1932, being the first person to do this in the state of Ohio.
In 1934, Bill Sr. moved his machine shop into an old school house in Lovell. Schmidt Machine Company first started selling Wallis tractors. Soon after, in 1935, the district manager of Massey-Harris approached Bill and his brother Ivan to start selling Massey tractors. Today Schmidt Machine Company is one of the oldest Massey dealerships in the entire region. Also, in 1947 - 48, Schmidt Machine Company built the very first four-wheel-drive tractor. It was assembled by Lawrence, a brother of Bill Sr., and Herbert Walton a long-time friend and fellow tinkerer with Bill. Then in the summer of 1957, Schmidt mechanics were the first to put a corn head on a grain combine.
Bill Jr. followed in his father's footsteps as a builder and a tinkerer. He rebuilt Ford Model A motors and manufactured a reduction gear box and governor to control speed and placed them in combines. Bill sold the new machines all over Ohio and Michigan.
Richard (Dick) Schmidt, brother of Bill Jr. also jumped into the business. Dick was the more outgoing brother who would rather be talking, visiting and selling to farmers. So, Bill Jr. took on the role as President of the company while Dick took on Vice President. This was a perfect fit for them.
Now there are 2nd, 3rd, and 4th generations involved in the operation of this business. Over the years the original structure has been added to many times, and all of the work has been done by family and other employees of the business. Schmidt Machine Company is now making many aftermarket replacement parts for all makes of combines and sells through a catalog in all parts of the United States and Canada.