The Ultimate Guide to Tractors

The Ultimate Guide to Tractors

by Jim Glastonbury
     
 

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There have been so many amazing discoveries and inventions in the history of mankind that it would be difficult to place them in order of importance. Many have revolutionized the way society works, and this could also be said of the humble tractor. Without it, it would be impossible to produce the vast amounts of food required by society today, and for this

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There have been so many amazing discoveries and inventions in the history of mankind that it would be difficult to place them in order of importance. Many have revolutionized the way society works, and this could also be said of the humble tractor. Without it, it would be impossible to produce the vast amounts of food required by society today, and for this reason alone it must qualify as a small but essential cog in the vast machine that is the modern world.

The earliest pioneer machines used steam traction rather than the new-fangled internal combustion engines, but technological break-throughs came thick and fast: diesel engines, Harry Ferguson's revolutionary three-point-hitch, sophisticated hydraulics, and the wonders of electronics in our own time.

Henry Ford made tractors that small farmers could afford, International Harvester pioneered the 1920s Farmall - the first tractor able to cope with row crops - while allis-Chalmers introduced pneumatic rubber tires in the 1930s. Nearly 30 years later the Steiger brothers invented an entirely new breed, the giant four-wheel-drive articulated super-tractor.

This book covers more than a century of tractor-making and features tractors that are regarded with something like affection - Case, Fordson, Massey-Ferguson, Minneapolis-Moline, Versatile - they are all here and many others. Tractors of all shapes, sizes, ages, colors and types - they are here in all their resplendent glory.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780594576471
Publisher:
Chartwell Books
Publication date:
10/24/2009
Pages:
448
Sales rank:
1,074,042
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.20(d)

Meet the Author

Jim Glastonbury for many years has been a full-time journalist. He owns at 1968 Pontiac GTO and a Mustang Boss and spends many a weekend restoring these beauties to their former glory. His knowledge of all types of muscle cars has benefited from extensive travels in the United States, adding greatly to our enjoyment of this fascinating subject.

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