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|TRACTORS & MACHINERY||
Illustrates and describes the majority of implements and accessories designed and built for the grey TE Ferguson tractor, and also gives some coverage to those made for the Ferguson Brown, Ford-Ferguson, the US-made TO Ferguson and some of the Ferguson 35 and 65 tractor era. Includes machine model numbers wherever possible.
|Hardback 275 x 215mm 192 pages||401 illustrations (30 colour)|
|ISBN 0 85236 354 0||1st pub 1996|
MASSEY-FERGUSON TRACTORS - Michael Williams
The history of the world's largest tractor company. Michael Williams' readable text gives technical details, background information, and more recent developments, and the book is illustrated with over 150 fascinating photographs.
|Hardback 246 x 189mm 128 pages||158 photographs (33 colour)|
|ISBN 0 85236 203 X||1st pub 1987 Amended 1995|
A look at the development of this famous name. Michael Williams begins with early models such as the Wallis and the General Purpose, and follows the story through to the Pacemaker and the Pony. The development of the Ferguson system and the link with Ford are also described.
|VHS Video 55 minutes||Released 1992|
|ISBN 0 85236 248 X|
A highly illustrated history of John Deere tractors from 1918 to 1959. Superbly detailed photographs of many different models highlight design and technical features which made John Deere a world-famous name.
|Hardback 246 x 189mm 128 pages||138 photographs (133 colour)|
|ISBN 0 85236 264 1||1st pub 1993|
A superb video set for every tractor enthusiast. Lovingly restored tractors bring to life the history of John Deere from the Waterloo Boy to the 30 series and the 435 diesel. Filmed in Iowa, Ontario and England, these two videos capture the detail of design changes and variations which made the two-cylinder series so popular. Volume One features the Froelich, Overtime and all changes up to 1938 and the introduction of the 'styled' versions. Volume Two covers the last of the older series tractors identified by a letter, and follows this with several of the numbered models from the 1950s into the age of the diesel.
|VHS Video||Volume One: 68 minutes|
|ISBN 0 85236 265 X||Released 1994|
JOHN DEERE TWO-CYLINDER TRACTORS - VOLUME 2 (video) - Michael Williams
|VHS Video||Volume Two: 54 minutes|
|ISBN 0 85236 266 8||Released 1994|
Stuart Gibbard details all the main models and machines of these manufacturers, and chronicles their history from the turn of the century to the present day. He also mentions lesser-known Ford tractor conversions and explains why the Ford tractor became so popular with specialist equipment manufacturers.
|Hardback 275 x 215mm 288 pages||470 photographs (120 colour)|
|ISBN 0 85236 308 7||1st pub 1995|
The story of Ford and Fordson, from the 1907 prototype and Model F filmed in the Henry Ford Museum in Detroit, Michigan, to a Fordson Major diesel in Suffolk. Enthusiasts show their restorations to Michael Williams, who tells the story of one of the world's foremost tractor lines. Includes some variants such as the Doe 3D and County FT, and brings the story up-to-date with the New Holland 60/M Series.
|VHS Video 59 minutes||Released 1996|
|ISBN 0 85236 339 7|
A look at the history of the Fordson tractor. Archive film shows Henry Ford with several of his prototypes and the Model F being produced on the assembly line. Famous names such as the Model N, the E27N Major, the Power Major and finally the Super Major are all illustrated.
|VHS Video 35 minutes||Released 1992|
|ISBN 0 85236 240 4|
In this companion volume to his much-acclaimed Ford Tractor Conversions, Stuart Gibbard traces the fascinating history of the Roadless Traction company from its birth in 1919 to its decline in 1983. All the main models and machines - from the earliest steam wagons on tracks to hydrostatic forestry tractors - are dealt with in detail, as are the personalities involved. The author has unearthed much new information, and he records many unfamiliar aspects of the firm such as the Roadless Patents Holding Company in the USA, secret weapon developments during World War II and prototype tractors that never went into production. Many rare photographs from company archives are included.
|Hardback 275 x 215mm 192 pages||over 370 photographs (100 colour)|
|ISBN 0 85236 344 3||1st pub 1996|
Few small tractor manufacturers have fired the imagination with so many spectacular developments as Roadless Traction Ltd. Using rare archive footage, this video tells the fascinating story of the company's products from the tracked machines of the 1920s through to the tractors of the 1980s, focusing on the four-wheel drive tractors of the 1960s and 70s. There are also conversations with several of the personalities involved, to give a real insight into the work of this pioneering British company.
|VHS Video approx 60 minutes||Released 1996|
|ISBN 0 85236 360 5|
A new video of archive film extracts, focusing mainly on the development of tractors from 1945 to the present day. Rare footage is included of the 1917 Fordson Standard, the first mass-produced tractor in America. Brian Bell's choice of films features many early tractors including International, Ferguson, Nuffield, and David Brown up to present-day computer-controlled tractors with air conditioned cabs. The video includes manufacturers' promotional films and covers both popular and rare models, engaged in a variety of field operations. Broadcaster Chris Opperman provides the narration, linking the extracts and discussing their significance.
|VHS Video 52 minutes||Released 1996|
|ISBN 0 85236 330 3|
A fascinating collection of photographs - many of them never before reproduced - showing the working history of tractors in Britain from the early years of this century until the present day. This book is unusual in that it focuses on the practical uses to which tractors were put, and all the photographs show tractors in action.
|Hardback 210 x 264mm 152 pages||173 photographs (13 colour)|
|ISBN 0 85236 284 6||1st pub 1994|
A second volume of archive photographs featuring tractors in their working environment from the early years of this century to today. 'Each picture,' says Stuart Gibbard, 'captures a part of agricultural history which evokes many poignant memories.'
|Hardback 210 x 264mm 152 pages||183 photographs (17 colour)|
|ISBN 0 85236 316 8||1st pub 1995|
The history of the World Ploughing Organisation with contest results from 1953 to 1991. The rules for ploughing and the method for judging are clearly explained. Includes information on more general aspects of ploughing, such as history, style and regional variations.
|Hardback 246 x 189mm 164 pages||30 photographs (8 colour)|
|ISBN 0 85236 209 9||1st pub 1992|
Over 150 photographs - a third in colour - illustrate the development of tractors since 1889. Here are the companies, models and features which have striven to take tractor design forward, from the Illinois Charter to the JCB Fastrac.
|Hardback 246 x 189mm 128 pages||156 photographs (46 colour)|
|ISBN 0 85236 223 4||1st pub 1991|
Arthur Battelle left school at the age of 13 in 1938, and his working life was always involved with tractors. This first volume of his autobiography, an immediate bestseller, covers the period when he first started on farms and threshing rigs, and carries on through the war years. There are mechanical details for tractor enthusiasts as well as many recollections of farm work in the 1940s and early 50s.
|Paperback 216 x 138mm 144 pages||9 photographs 24 line drawings|
|ISBN 0 85236 276 5||1st pub 1994|
The second volume of Arthur's reminiscences opens in 1949 shortly after his marriage. The faithful David Brown is still doing service, but is joined now by the International Harvester B250 and B450. Fordson Dexta and Major tractors also feature, as do radio-controlled models. Arthur's jobs included farmer, cultivation contractor, agricultural engineer and tractor demonstrator.
|Paperback 216 x 138mm 160 pages||10 photographs 10 line drawings|
|ISBN 0 85236 315 X||1st pub 1995|
The unstoppable versus the immovable - the exciting sport of tractor pulling is described in detail. Geoff Ashcroft explains how tractor engines are modified to produce thousands of horsepower and introduces us to many of the personalities on the British scene. Over 100 action-packed photographs.
|Hardback 246 x 189mm 112 pages||114 photographs (85 colour)|
|ISBN 0 85236 261 7||1st pub 1993 Amended 1996|
A look behind the scenes of the world's most powerful motor sport. Four machines covering a range of types are featured, and their owners explain the main aspects of their engineering. There are plenty of shots of the machines in action and time is also given to show how the sledge operates. Geoff Ashcroft is a driver in the Super Stock division and has a long association with the sport.
|VHS Video 59 minutes||Released 1994|
|ISBN 0 85236 287 0|
The final part of Arthur's 'Tractor Trilogy' finds him working as a Ford demonstrator all over Europe. Then comes a fascinating period of involvement with Roadless, County and Schindler before achieving success as an entrepreneur with his own FTD conversions, as well as a vintage parts dealership and the Fordson Tractor Magazine. He has mellowed over the years but has never lost his sense of humour, inability to suffer fools gladly or fondness for both good living and the tractor seat!
|Paperback 216 x 138mm 160 pages||9 photographs 14 line drawings|
|ISBN 0 85236 355 9||1st pub 1996|
Modern tractors - not vintage or classic - of varied makes and models. The book's 207 colour photographs move from the little Massey-Ferguson 135 of 1964 to the sleek, electronically packed New Holland 8560 of 1996, all shown at work in the fields or on display at shows. Captions give useful technical information. Photographs are from the authors' collection of nearly 10,000 and have never been published before.
|Hardback 210 x 264mm 168 pages||207 colour photographs|
|ISBN 0 85236 348 6||1st pub 1996|
This acclaimed book uses over 400 illustrations to demonstrate the development of all kinds of farm machinery 'from starting handle to microchip' made by both famous and the less well-known manufacturers. An entertaining and informative read.
|Hardback 246 x 189mm 240 pages||333 photographs (40 colour)|
|ISBN 0 85236 263 3||1st pub 1993|
The first book to take an in-depth look at the history of garden machinery. Brian Bell's authoritative text is accompanied by nearly 400 illustrations - many from manufacturers' catalogues. There are details of the tractors used on smallholdings and larger gardens, the equipment used to till the soil, and the development of the lawn mower. Also included are brief histories of some of the notable British companies in this field such as Atco, Hayter, Qualcast and Ransomes.
|Hardback 246 x 189mm 227 pages||310 photographs (42 colour) - 80 line drawings|
|ISBN 0 85236 301 X||1st pub 1995|
An outstanding collection of archive film extracts covering the period 1940-70 and showing the transformation of farm mechanisation as it happened. The quality of the film is excellent. The video covers all the main arable farm operations from ploughing to harvest and features most of the well-known names of the day - as well as some rarities. Narrated by Chris Opperman, who has for many years broadcast on farm topics in Suffolk.
|VHS Video 52 minutes||Released 1995|
|ISBN 0 85236 295 1|
The sequel to Volume I looks at the development of farm machinery up to the present, using superb contemporary footage of the equipment in action. Brian Bell includes clips from a variety of sources, such as company archives and the national Power in Action demonstrations. The professional narration perfectly complements the footage to produce a thoroughly entertaining and informative video.
|VHS Video 58 minutes||Released 1995|
|ISBN 0 85236 307 9|
Every year ten of the world's largest combines follow the cereal harvest of North America. Broadcaster Dylan Winter follows the team for the five month journey from Texas over the heartland of the United States to Lethbridge in Alberta, Canada. The Payne family and their crew of eighteen show what life on the road is like through their working days - coordinating moves from site to site, coping with machinery on a grand scale, progressing with humour and ingenuity through the unpredictable and evocative Midwestern landscape. Dylan's unconventional approach interprets this unique annual event as the ultimate Harvester's road movie.
|VHS Video approx 60 minutes||Released 1996|
|ISBN 0 85236 363 X|
A pictorial record of mechanical excavators, from the invention of the Otis Steam Shovel in the US in the late 1830s to the triumph of the hydraulic excavator in the 1950s. By ending dependence on hard manual labour for all work involving earth removal, the steam shovel facilitated the great construction projects of the 19th century such as the railroads, canals, housing estates, waterway navigations and roads. The thoughtfully captioned illustrations show machinery in action and feature all the big names: Ruston, Priestman, Ransomes & Rapier, Blaw-Knox, Insley, Ruston-Bucyrus.
|Hardback 210 x 264mm 144 pages||179 illustrations|
|ISBN 0 85236 333 8||1st pub 1996|
A highly illustrated book covering harvesters in action from all over the world, including Britain, America, Canada, Australia, Holland, the Far East and Russia. Extensive coverage of the period from 1930-70, when change was at its most rapid. Combines for cereals are joined by harvesters for fruit, flax, dates, sugar cane, brassicas and root crops. Detailed captions accompany each picture.
|Hardback 210 x 264mm 120 pages||134 photographs (72 colour)|
|ISBN 0 85236 302 8||1st pub 1995|
An informative and entertaining video showing steam and traction engines in action - threshing, ploughing, hauling timber and driving a saw bench. Each operation is fully explained and the film also features interviews with people who worked with steam in their youth.
|VHS Video 37 minutes||Released 1993|
|ISBN 0 85236 267 6|
The history and development of the traction engine over the last 200 years. Beginning with archive pictures of the earliest engines the story progresses through the various attempts at mobilising agricultural engines until it concludes with the traction engine we all recognise.
|VHS Video 37 minutes||Released 1993|
|ISBN 0 85236 268 4|
A fascinating and rewarding book for anyone interested in the historical roots of our present farming systems. Period engravings, paintings and photographs enliven the author's knowledgeable text that runs from prehistoric times to the end of World War II.
|Paperback 246 x 189mm 112 pages||114 photographs|
|ISBN 0 85236 262 5||1st pub 1978 1st paperback edition 1993|