From the late 19th century, tractors began to change the way that farmers worked, increasing efficiency and productivity and reducing dependence on animal power and physical labor. From crude early prototypes to powerful modern machines with a bevy of amenities, tractors have evolved with the technology of the times.
Author Michael Williams, a recognized authority on the global history of power farming, combines his agricultural background and technical writing acumen to bring readers a comprehensive look at the rise of this revolutionary machine that changed the face of farming around the world.
Inside Farm Tractors, you’ll find:
• Steam-powered machines that gradually gave way to the first tractors
• Profiles of prominent manufacturers and innovators throughout the decades, including Henry Ford, International Harvester, John Deere, and Caterpillar
• Detailed photographs and illustrations of notable models and machinery
• Technical breakthroughs, including the use of hydraulics, the advent of diesel engines, and the availability of four-wheel drive
• The introduction of new fuel sources as alternatives to gasoline
• Specialized tractors for orchard work, high-acreage operations, hauling, cultivating, and other farm jobs
• The tractor industry’s major expansion following World War II
• Modern-day tractors and an outlook on the future of farm machinery
Fiat's first agricultural tractor was presented to the civil and military authorities of Turin in 1918 and marketed the following year by the Federation of Agricultural Consortia. This book uses original photographic documentation to illustrate the origins and development of the company's agricultural products, tackling the technical and human aspects of a story that has seen the introduction of more than 500 models since 1918. This is the first comprehensive study of the Turin-based firm's history in the agricultural sector. This updated edition includes all the New Holland new series presented from 2008 up to 2011.
A classic farm tractor is a conversation starter and a comforting reminder of childhoods on the farm and adulthoods twisting a wrench in the driveshaft. Tractors are cultural touchstones of another era, as familiar as the smell of apple pie baking in a farmhouse kitchen. All of that nostalgia is here in Field Guide to Classic Farm Tractors.
In this photo-saturated guidebook, you'll recognize the big brands of classic farm tractors, such as Allis-Chalmers, J. I. Case, Caterpillar, John Deere, Ford, and International Harvester (including Farmall). Also well-represented are small and no-longer-existing brands such as Advance-Rumely, Cockshutt, Eagle, Fate-Root-Heath, Harry Ferguson, Friday Tractor, Hart-Parr, and Minneapolis-Moline. There are tractors from the United States, Canada, and Europe.
Field Guide to Classic Farm Tractors includes more than just handsome color photos of these powerful machines. Each model description includes all the pertinent details: engine rpms, type of fuel, maximum speed, wheel configurations, weight, number of plows the tractor can handle, and variations.
With more than 500 tractor models and an array of color photographs depicting the most iconic ones, Field Guide to Classic Farm Tractors will be a valued addition to any tractor lover's bookshelf.
This classic guide presents practical information on virtually every aspect of farm equipment, machinery, and organization. Originally published in 1917, Handy Farm Equipment and How to Use It surveys every topic of importance to the challenge of equipping a successful and fully functional farm, including lighting the farm home, establishing sources of water, and arranging for sewage disposal for the farmhouse. Additional sections provide detailed discussions of such indispensable examples of farm equipment as tillage tools, seeding machinery, manure spreaders, grain binders, and corn harvesters.
Fully illustrated throughout with drawings, diagrams, plans, and photographs, Handy Farm Equipment and How to Use It will prove as interesting to the current farmer for its still-prudent advice on the timeless problems of farm management as it will to the history buff who wishes to catch an image of what the American farm was like at the beginning of the 20th century. It provides a lovely foray into the rich legacy of American agriculture and will appeal to anyone who has ever been interested in the nuts and bolts of farm life.
How to Restore Tractor Magnetos is the essential guide to farm tractor electrical systems and offers the tractor restorer all the information needed to restore, repair and diagnose magnetos. Authored by the late Neil Yerigan, who was a master of working with vintage electronics, the book comprehensively covers how magnetos function as well as how to troubleshoot and repair common problems. The fine art of nondestructive disassembly is covered in detail and is a key ingredient to keeping your magneto (and your tractor) happy and running.
Now back in print, How to Restore Tractor Magnetos includes sections on the most common magnetos, including those made by Wico, American Bosch, International Harvester, Fairbanks-Morse, Case, Eisemann and more. Also included are voltage regulator field repair and testing, electric starter motors, and wiring advice. Yerigan augments the book's technical detail with anecdotes about the trials and tribulations of day-to-day life in his state-of-the-art (for 1936) south Minneapolis electrical repair shop.
John Deere Tractor Moldboard and Disk Plows provides technical information on all John Deere moldboard and disk plows manufactured in the New Generation Era, from 1960 to 1990. In it, you’ll find such facts as the year built, plow type, wheel types available, hitch types, as well as comments and identifying features for each plow. The book also covers information on plow attachments, painting a plow, preparing a plow for plowing and storage, and more!
Noted photographer Andrew Morland presents more than 650 photographs of tractors from the USA, Canada, Europe and Japan, including models from the 1880's to today. Features everything from John Deere, Farmall, Ford, Case and Caterpillar to some interesting and uncommon tractors that you've never seen before.
Launched in 1958, as the successor to the ubiquitous Ferguson TE20, the Massey-Ferguson 35 was a product of the merger of Massey-Harris and Ferguson. It incorporated numerous improvements and new features and became massively popular worldwide. Its companion, the 65 model, was introduced shortly afterwards and was a larger tractor, offered with the revolutionary Multi Power system that gave 12 forward and four reverse gears. Durable and versatile, these tractors are still a practical proposition today, and even unrestored examples command high prices. Michael Thorne, author of Ferguson TE20 in Detail, continues the story as he describes the development of these models, the production versions and their capabilities, options and extras, conversions, implements, and their use today. Outstanding surviving examples are featured in some 80 photographs specially taken for this book, and there are approximately 120 accompanying archive illustrations.
This authoritative book chronicles the complete story of the red combine’s impact on agriculture and society. Red Combines 1915–2015 includes photographs and details about every red combine built in the United States and abroad, and tells the story of the creation of the Axial-Flow combine, which was developed in a garage so secret only a few people knew it existed. The Axial-Flow combine was a technological leap that transformed the industry when introduced in 1977. The book covers the entire line of red combines, including the CBX, a top-secret mega-combine built in the 1990s. Authored by Lee Klancher and the team of talented contributors who created the award-winning Red Tractors 1958–2013, this thorough and entertaining book is another captivating volume sure to please fans of agricultural equipment and farm history.
This high-quality set of 24 greeting cards features photographs of six different red tractors, from the iconic Farmall to the last of the cutting edge 2+2 four-wheel-drive tractors built by International Harvester. The cards are perfect for the holidays, but are blank inside so you can send them for any occasion. Gorgeous photographs by Lee Klancher show off the machines in the early morning sun and evening skies. The images are printed on heavyweight high-quality card stock, and you'll find additional photos of the machines and a detailed caption on the back.
Cards in the set show the following models: Farmall M, International 7488, International Cub Lo-Boy, International 1420 combine, International 404, and International 664.
The Red Tractors and Combines Book Gift Set takes you behind the scenes of the famous International Harvester tractors. Follow photographer and author Lee Klancher as he covers the entire line of red combines in Red Combines 1915-2015, unearths a treasure trove of concept drawings and photos of prototype machines in Red Tractors 1958-2018, and much more! This two-book gift set will provide hours of entertainment for the tractor lover in your life!
The Red Tractors, Combines, and 4WD Book Gift Set is the perfect gift for the tractor-loving person in your family! This gift set includes three books, Red Tractors 1958-2018, Red Combines 1915-2015, and Red 4WD Tractors 1957-2017. Read about everything from the innovations and struggles of the final days of International Harvester to the story of how the Axial-Flow combine was created. Packed full of information about the tractors, combines, and 4WDs made by International Harvester, this collection will teach you the history of your favorite red tractors in no time!