Our History

Adams Tractor  •  Coeur d’Alene Tractor  •  Boundary Tractor  •  Adams Tractor Lewiston  •  Adams Tractor Colville

It wasn’t a bad living selling apples in the early 1920’s but when Henry Ford stepped off a train and struck up a conversation with Don Adams about the idea of selling tractors, as an alternative to being a fruit farmer, it was a no-brainer to pursue a new path. By 1929, he had established Adams Tractor in Spokane, WA and never looked back.

Adams Tractor distinguished itself as a reputable business serving farmers and homeowners in Eastern Washington, and eventually expanded its operation with Coeur d’Alene Tractor in 1948 to accommodate the Northern Idaho market. Twenty-eight years later they opened Boundary Tractor in Bonners Ferry, Idaho with the help of another family member, Cal Russell.

Currently, there are five generations representing three locations of one of the most iconic family businesses in the Inland Northwest.

Don Adams Meets Henry Ford

Henry Ford introduces the idea of selling tractors to Don Adams.

Fordson Tractor
Harry Ferguson’s Invention

Harry Ferguson invented the hydraulic 3-point hitch that revolutionized the tractor industry.

Talking Movies & Amelia Earhart

In 1927, talking movies were invented, and Amelia Earhart crosses the Atlantic ocean.

Stock Market Crashes

The stock market crash of 1929 was a four-day collapse of stock prices that began on October 24, 1929.1 It was the worst decline in U.S. history.

Adams Tractor Established

Don Adams started Adams Tractor in Spokane, WA with the idea of making life easier for farmers and landowners.

Pearl Harbor

Pearl Harbor was bombed after the United States enters World War II.

Coeur d’Alene Tractor opens

Jack Adams, the oldest of Don Adams’ six sons, opens Coeur d’Alene Tractor in Northern Idaho.

Tractor on Ice

Jack Adams tests out the new Ford 8n Tractor while helping locals to create an ice rink when Coeur d’Alene lake froze in 1949.

Carroll Adams Tractor

Carroll Adams Tractor opens for business in Walla Walla, Washington

First Tractor Loader Backhoe

First tractor loader backhoe was invented and introduced by Wain-Roy and mounted to a Frank G. Hough tractor.

Alaska & Hawaii Join the Union

Alaska & Hawaii become the 49th and 50th States.

John Adams Joins CDA Tractor

John Adams (oldest son of Jack) returns from the Navy to join the family business in Coeur d’Alene.

CDA Tractor Moves

CDA Tractor moves from its original 4th St location to the current location on Appleway St.

Lawn & Garden Industry grows

Lawn & Garden industry starts to show significant progress along with Bolens taking the lead as the main product line.

Moon Landing

Astronauts Neil Armstrong & Buzz Aldrin become the first men to land on the moon.

CDA Tractor Adds Kubota

CDA Tractor becomes a Kubota dealer and turns into the number one product line for the next 30+ years.

Boundary Tractor Opens

Boundary Tractor in Bonners Ferry, Idaho opens for business. Two years later, Cal Russell takes over management of that location.

Wally Adams Joins CDA Tractor

Wally Adams returns to CDA and joins the family business.

Bruce Schuh Joins the Team

Bruce Schuh joins the Sales team at CDA Tractor and is currently Vice President of the company as well as manager of Adams Tractor in Spokane, WA.

Mt. St. Helens Erupts

Mount St. Helens erupts, covering the Northwest with ash and forever changing the landscape.

Ford Purchases New Holland

Ford purchases New Holland and eventually sells to Fiat in Italy and becomes CNH (Case New Holland) by 1998.

September 11, 2001

Multiple airplanes hijacked by terrorists in New York area and crashed into World Trade Center and The Pentagon changing our world forever.

Howie Russell Joins CDA Tractor

Howie Russell joins CDA Tractor as a Setup Technician establishing a 5th generation in the family business and subsequently moved into sales & management.

Heavy Snow Causes Collapse

Diesel Engine shop collapsed due to heavy snow load causing over $750,000 worth of damage and months of renovation for CDA Tractor.


CDA Tractor Purchases Adams Tractor

CDA Tractor purchases the business and physical assets of Adams Tractor Co. in Spokane, WA.

Chris Adams Returns

Chris Adams returns home to join the family business at CDA Tractor

Matt Adams Returns

Matt Adams returns home to join the family business at CDA Tractor.

Adams Tractor Lewiston Opens

Adams Tractor Lewiston opens for business with Alan Pucket and Kevin Lockard guiding the ship.

Coeur d’Alene Tractor

1112 W Appleway Ave
Coeur d’Alene, ID 83814


Boundary Tractor

6632 Main, PO Box 900
Bonners Ferry, ID 83805


Adams Tractor

1602 E Trent Ave
Spokane, WA 99302


Adams Tractor Lewiston

2128 2nd Ave N
Lewiston, ID 83501


Adams Tractor Colville

635 Hwy 395 S
Colville, WA 99114


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