The Swanson brothers started Sandhill Equipment in 1957. Sandhill Equipment started as a repair shop in Rose, Nebraska. The Swanson brothers, Duane, Harry, Ken, and Dave, had a strong farm, ranch, and mechanical background growing up in the Sandhills. The boys grew up with a father, Elmer that was a mechanic. So they knew a thing or two about turning a wrench.
In the beginning they started by servicing equipment with some simple maintenance. In 1958, they started selling and mounting Kosch mowers. Sandhill Repair was one of the first in the area to be in the Kosch business. Not long after they added Valley Rakes and Dual Loaders to the lineup. While selling some used tractors, the need for a line of new tractors was needed. In the spring of 1961, Sandhill bought the Allis Chalmers dealership. With the purchase of Allis Chalmers and their growing customer base, the brothers decided to move to Bassett. In 1962, Sandhill started in the irrigation business as well as becoming a New Holland dealer. The irrigation business was on the rise so Sandhill Equipment began selling Valley Pivots. Selling these pivots propelled Sandhill Equipment into a booming dealership in the late 60ís and early 70ís. At one point Sandhill Equipment was the largest Valley dealer in the state of Nebraska. The expansion in business warranted the construction of a new building. In 1974 the new facility was built on Highway 20, three miles west of Bassett. At the height of the operation, Sandhill Equipment was selling farm and ranch equipment, center pivots, irrigation power units, custom farming and trucking. Along came the 80ís and the down turn in the economy. The recession in the 1980ís was hard on everyone in the agricultural business. Sandhill Equipment also took a hit during this time. Having to get out of the irrigation and farming businesses, Sandhill Equipment could concentrate on the new and used equipment dealership. In 1988 the second generation took the reins and bought the business. Now the third generation of Swansonís are involved. Thanks to our great customers and friends we have been able to persevere through the tough times.
The history of Sandhill Equipment Inc. has made the company what it is today. Our customers get all of the credit for making Sandhill Equipment a successful New Holland dealer for the last 55 years. Thank you to all of our great customers for allowing us to serve you and your equipment needs and we look forward to making new friends and customers in the future!