The Ford Ferguson Tractor


| 1/4/2012 11:06:54 AM


Tags: Ford Ferguson, Sam Moore,

A friend once loaned me a Ford Home Almanac from 1940. Published by the Ford Motor Co., the book's cover features scenes from the farm on the one side and from industry on the other, along with Ford's famous V8 emblem and a quote from Henry Ford: "With one foot on the land and one in industry, America is safe."

Ford had just introduced the revolutionary Ford-Ferguson tractor which the Almanac labeled "The most significant development in world agriculture in the last 50 YEARS."

Following are excerpts from the article, with emphasis from the original:

From time immemorial farming has been accompanied by drudgery. Millions of American farmers have either lost or made money in no way commensurate with their time and effort.

These conditions need no longer continue. The new Ford tractor with Ferguson system and wheel-less implements, hydraulically controlled, abolishes a vast amount of drudgery and greatly reduces farming COSTS. 

Together they (1) do the work of four men and eight horses at about HALF the COST; (2) do PRACTICALLY EVERY kind of field and traction work on ANY KIND of FARM, large or small; (3) can be operated with ease and safety by almost any member of the family; (4) are practically "fool-proof" both in construction and operation and, (5) are priced well within the reach of the average American farmer.