The Tractor Story

The Tractor Story

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The book covers over 100 years of tractor development and features more than 100 different tractors. The first steam engines on wheels which used belts to drive farm machinery developed into traction engines, used on farms by pulling a plough on cables between two engines. In the 20th century, stationary internal combustion engines, such as the Clutterbuck, began to be put out on wheels and moved around a farm to drive threshing machines by belt. Dozens of small companies grew up around the world following their own lines of development. Most lasted only a short time. Firms like Allis-Chalmers, Benz, Lloyd, Jelbart, Glasgow, Fordson, Bates and Hart-Parr are famous names which have faded away or been taken over. A few companies, such as Case and Massey, started in the middle of the 19th century and continue today on a global scale. John Deere started making ploughs in 1837 and is now the largest manufacturer in the world. Some developments have caused a giant leap forward: the use of rubber pneumatic tyres rather than metal wheels; turbo-charged diesel engines and the hydraulic three-point hitch system designed by Ferguson, which is still used today in some form on most modern machines. All are photographed here, many in action and in different more

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  • Electronic book text | 128 pages
  • The History Press Ltd
  • Stroud, United Kingdom
  • 0752485512
  • 9780752485515

About Trevor Innes

Trevor Innes grew up on a farm in South Australia, and was one of the founding members of the Booleroo Steam and Traction Preservation Society which now has one of the largest collections in the southern hemisphere. As a young boy he went around with his father over the state collecting all sorts of tractors and other interesting machinery. It gave him a fascination with all things mechanical and how they worked. Whilst he has now moved on to design and problem solving, and is living in England, he has always retained a passion for old tractors, and an interest in the huge changes the tractor has made to civilisation itself. Duncan Wherrett is the author of nine books including Classic American Farm Tractors and Tractor Heritage. He is a professional photographer and his title Fractured Light is an acknowledged photographic more