The Jones family began their journey as pioneers in the machinery business at the height of the Great Depression. While farmers suffered from plummeting prices and high debt, Glen Jones, our founder’s father, saw an answer to their troubles. He realized that agricultural mechanization was a labor-saving solution for farmers, and with this realization, he set off on his quest to develop products for the agriculture industry.
Soon he established his first company, the New Method Equipment Company out of Indianola, Iowa, producing the hay master and mechanical front-end loaders. A few short years later, Glen founded the Continental Farm Machine Company out of Minneapolis, Minnesota, manufacturing another type of agricultural product, a universal tractor-mounted post hole digger.
By 1946 the company’s success led Glen to establish yet another company. This time he sent his son Clyde Jones to Belton, Texas, to assist in the start-up of the Continental Belton Company. They were to produce a more refined model of the notorious post hole digger, and by 1950, Clyde was General Manager. Under Clyde’s leadership, Continental added more products to its lineup, and after several years Clyde was ready to branch out to start a venture of his own.
In 1958 Clyde Jones founded the Mohawk Equipment Company in Temple, Texas, producing rotary cutters, rear blades, chisel plows, and other agricultural equipment. At one time, some 100 models and variations of equipment were manufactured and sold by Mohawk. This company, and the Continental Belton Company, were both sold sometime in the 1980s. Soon after, Clyde was ready for the next step in his career.
In 1988 Clyde, along with his two sons, Donny and David, founded Belltec Industries, Inc. in Belton, Texas. The company began by producing the TM-48 Post Hole Digger, a unique patented post hole digger that uses the weight of the tractor to apply pressure to the bits. The TM-48 drills through rock, concrete, and other hard surfaces with ease, unlike other 3-point post-hole diggers. This product established Belltec’s reputation in the machinery industry for its heavy-duty and high-performance features. Since the introduction of the TM-48, Belltec has expanded its product line to include hundreds of other products such as hydraulic auger drives, auger bits, and other earth-boring equipment.
As of today, Belltec still produces the legendary TM-48 Post-Hole Digger, but we’re also one of the leading suppliers of hydraulic auger drives, auger bits, and other drilling products in the United States. Our products fit a wide range of industrial equipment from skid-steers to pressure drills. You can find most Belltec products through our network of authorized dealers across America or by getting in contact with us.
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