Tractor & Farming Heritage | June 2012

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Tractor & Farming Heritage - June 2012

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3 Welcome

13 News
Four pages of the latest news; keeping you up-to-date with what’s going on in the world of tractors.

70 Model World
This month Henry Smith looks at the latest releases in the ever expanding world of farm models; including new offerings from Schuco, Britains, Siku, Wiking and an Ernest Doe Ford 5000 Demonstrator from Universal Hobbies.

72 Tractor Talk
All your views and the latest DVDs, tractor and farming heritage products and books reviewed.

76 John the farmer
Jo Roberts meets John Davies from Denbighshire, North Wales and his two very different tractors. Why John the farmer? He has an original David Brown Cropmaster with the registration JTF 73, which could easily stand for ‘John the farmer’ which happens to be what people in Denbighshire call him.

80 Chasing a bygone era
The Isle of Shetland has a rich agricultural heritage. For centuries its people, more Norse than Scots, tenaciously and innovatively eked out an existence with their small native livestock and meagre crops.

84 Back in the groove
Except for a few stragglers lambing is about over so Graham Hampstead can get back to something like normal sleeping hours – and also get back to some tractor work.

120 Farming Focus – it’s turnout time
At this time of year there are three key factors determine turnout time for the stock, the amount of growth in the grass, the soil conditions and the state of the weather.

121 Rare Breeds
No.99 Soay Sheep

122 Next Month
Preview of the July issue of Tractor magazine.

Farming heritage

48 Me and Marshall tractors – part 2
Marshall tractors have inspired Peter Anderson since the early 1960s. In the second part of his story he tells us how this interest has shaped his life.

53 Picking up the story of the baler
Nowadays the best remembered pick-up balers from the 1950s and 60s include those made by Massey-Harris, International Harvester, New Holland and Bamford, but there were many other makes available too.

58 From a tin tack to a tractor...
...was the catchphrase when the partnership for D E Chandlers was formed back in the 1930s, and still holds true today for this successful Lincolnshire-based company.

62 Tractor Gallery
John Sheppard is pictured here hard at work on an International 10-20, ploughing in the working field of Stoke Goldington in 2010.

64 Tractor Archive
More farming memories from the archives of period sales literature displaying implements and agricultural machinery of the time.

In the workshop

66 A Fergie revolution
This 1954 TED-20 is only the second to come through Ben Phillips’ doors in over six years – and the one before that was his dad’s.

Your tractors

6 Cumbria pulls it off
After its original plans were scuppered with only weeks to spare, the Packhorse Tractor Club had to pull out all the stops to stage this year’s successful National Vintage Tractor Road Run, writes Pete Kelly.

18 Designed for a purpose
Richard Lofting puts forward the argument that an integral part of the tractor enthusiasts’ hobby is to work that old tractor.

22 Classics at work
With a combined age in excess of 150 years, John Holmes’ three tractors may be getting on in years – but they are all still capable of putting in a good day’s work on his small farm near the village of Duddo in Northumberland.

26 Working with a Claas pedigree
With the recent passage of the 75th anniversary of Claas making combines, Donald Bowler recalls Keith Durham’s Claas Compact 25 working in August last year.

28 Combining business with pleasure
Restoring old tractors is both a pleasure and a business for Mark Johns. His garage and filling station located on the outskirts of Kirkby Stephen in Cumbria is where all the action takes place.

34 Yellow and green giant
Big articulated North American tractors are associated with the wide open spaces of the world so perhaps it is surprising to find one working on the South Downs near Brighton.

39 Major work at Melbourne Pool
We join Ian Earl, proprietor of Melbourne Tree Services Ltd, as his trusty forestry team takes to the water to work on two islands in the Melbourne Pool, south Derbyshire. The goal is to reinstate the original vista view created in 1845.

44 Mellow yellow
Rare industrial spec International 454 overcomes a blown gasket and a rotten cab for a new lease of life...

118 High cut hopes!
The story of the discovery, and restoration of a ‘high cut’ plough, coupled with the owner’s education in the art of this type of ploughing.


89 What’s on
Your guide to heritage days out throughout the season in our comprehensive event guide.

94 Road runs, rallies and ploughing events
Our round up of what’s going on out and about in the tractor scene.

100 Sales & Marketplace
We focus on the Eric Elliott Collection Sale where the five hour Massey Ferguson 135 sold for £34,000.