A Brief History of Feldmann Engineering & Mfg. Co., Inc.

Badger Earth Tools is a family-owned company that has been engineering and building tough tools for 75 years. Our products have served farmers, professional landscapers, outdoor enthusiasts, and DIY'rs who need tough tools to get the job done. Our uncompromising dedication for quality and our in-person customer service team located in Sheboygan Falls, WI are here to help you with all your Earth tool needs.


Marvin Feldmann founded the business in 1947 in a cheese factory building near Plymouth, Wisconsin. As the business grew, it was relocated to the historic Brickner Woolen Mills building in Sheboygan Falls in 1960. The business again relocated in 1984 to the North Industrial Park in Sheboygan Falls. Growth of the business required a building expansion in 1990 at the current location.


In the early years, the principal products included running gear for farm wagons, bale elevators and rotary garden tillers. An automatic twine tying attachment for the Case hay bailer was invented in the 1940s. This twine tie bailer was the forerunner of the automatic hay and straw bailers currently in production. Feldmann later sold this product to J.I. Case.


The first gasoline engine powered ice drill was invented in 1951 to make the sport of ice fishing more accessible to the sportsmen. The Feldmann ice drill would soon be marketed under the Jiffy® brand name.  Feldmann is the World leader in the manufacture and sale of power ice drills. Jiffy has stimulated the growth in ice fishing participation today to include millions of sportsmen World-wide.


The Terra Tiger™ ATV (which was sold to Allis Chalmers Company), Snow Flake™ snowmobile, and the Mini-Brute™ ATV are among some of the more popular products developed and produced in the last 50 years. Others include racing and rental Go-carts, soft ice cream machines and transmissions for washing machines are all examples of the diversity of products developed here.


TurfVent™ lawn aeration equipment, Badger™ portable earth augers - for fencing, shrub and tree planting brought the toughness and quality Feldmann engineering was known for into the earth tool market.  Badger earth tools formed to provide tough, simple, and easy to use equipment for the outdoor project community.  Today Badger Earth Tools honors its tradition of developing the toughest and most effective tools on the market to save time and money in all your outdoor project needs.


Feldmann operates in the tradition of a small family-owned company while placing our emphasis on the development of new innovative products for diverse World-wide markets.


Feldmann Eng. & Mfg. Co., Inc. was incorporated in 1968.