Tractors: 1880s to 1980s

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Although cumbersome steam and motor tractors existed before 1914, it was only after the First World War that the imperative to produce more food using less horse- and man-power led to the birth of the tractor as we know it today. Nick Baldwin explains these early developments, and continues through the mass production led by Ford that brought prices down to suit average farmers. Numerous rival manufacturers emerged through the 1920s-40s, and brought with them such novelties as diesel engines, pneumatic tyres, and...

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Overview

Although cumbersome steam and motor tractors existed before 1914, it was only after the First World War that the imperative to produce more food using less horse- and man-power led to the birth of the tractor as we know it today. Nick Baldwin explains these early developments, and continues through the mass production led by Ford that brought prices down to suit average farmers. Numerous rival manufacturers emerged through the 1920s-40s, and brought with them such novelties as diesel engines, pneumatic tyres, and even cost-effective all-wheel drive and weather protection. After the Second World War a strong new British tractor industry was led by Ferguson, David Brown, Nuffield, and Fordson, challenging the exports from the USA that had been so influential. Including machines from the US and Europe, this highly illustrated book charts the increasing versatility of the tractor up to the 1980s.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780747807544
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 2/23/2010
  • Series: Shire Library Series
  • Pages: 64
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Nick Baldwin was driving a Standard Fordson as a schoolboy in the 1950s. He later worked in the Land Rover factory and became a writer on transport topics. He produced the first of several farm tractor books in the 1970s and now has a collection of old machines on his traditional farm. He writes regularly in Tractor and Machinery magazine.

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Table of Contents

Early Tractors 5

A Vital Replacement For Horses 15

Developments Between the World Wars 29

Evolution in the 1940s and 1950s 37

Growing Power and Complexity 51

Further Reading 62

Places To Visit 62

Index 64

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