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Classic Tractor Issue 152 December 2013 

Fleet Profile: Highly regarded John Deere 10 Series tractors fit well into a Co Meath fleet
What’s New: Exciting McCormick and Landini ranges are announced at Italian launch
Autumn Cultivations: Caterpillar Crawlers: Classic crawler do all the cultivations and drilling on the Kiddys’ Essex farm
Autumn Cultivations: Dowdeswell Ploughs: If you wanted a large plough or so years ago , you turned to Dowdeswell
Autumn Cultivations: Case Study: Older articulated tractors provide good service to four farmers in the Midlands
Ford Gathering: Highlights from the Blue Force club’s superb working weekend in Wiltshire SEM Engineering of Basildon linked up with Ford tractors
Wolds Working Day: Classic MF combines were the stars of the show at a working day at Driffield
Ayrshire Potatoes: Early potatoes in Ayrshire are lifted by a mix of classic and modern harvesters
Midwest Shows: Highlights from two of the largest farm machinery shows held over in the USA

Classic Tractor Issue 151 November 2013 

Fleet Profile: O’Keefe run several big old classics in their contracting operation
Spreading Crew: P.A.Wright & Sons spread biosolids across a huge area of central England
Roadless Development: The history of the Roadless 115 model is accompanied by rare archive images
MF Combine Special: Rescue & Revival: A pair of Norfolk farmers save the first MF 760 then put it to work in the USA
MF Combine Special: Working Classic: A 1976 French-built MF 307 combine is giving good service to its Welsh owner
MF Combine Special: Precision Farming: Looking back at MF’s early work into field yield mapping using GPS signals
John Deere Launch: John Deere revealed its latest products at a massive launch just outside Berlin
Ford Gathering: A record number of ‘blue’ tractors are positioned in the shape of a Ford oval
Tractors in Brazil: MF and Valtra tractors made in Brazil use lots of tried and tested technology
Summer Shows: A nostalgic look at agricultural shows of the past and their fantastic displays
Memory Lane:Anthony Heath completes the story of his career as a tester for David Brown

Classic Tractor Issue 150 October 2013 

New Holland Test: Two New Holland’s, a classic 8970A and a new T7.270 are put to the test
Fleet Profile: The Kenny family’s large contracting fleet is stocked with older MF models
Class of ’63 Special: Fordson How and why Fordson introduced the blue and grey New Performance range
Class of ’63 Special: Massey Ferguson: Spotlight on the Massey Ferguson 35X and 65 MkII models of the early 1960s
Class of ’63 Special: Classic Collection: A great set of Fordson and MF models and useful advice on owning them
Class of ’63 Special: Market Review: Fabulous archive photos of the models that were offered exactly 50 years ago
Fingal Show: Classic galore at the huge Fingal show held at Lusk, Co Dublin
Case Study: The popular and versatile MF 6480 is the focus of this month’s Case Study
Claas Centenary: Shows in Aberdeenshire and Co. Cork stage large displays of Claas machines
Pea Harvesting: Recalling the halcyon days of Fife Pea Growers and its big fleet of pea vinersRecalling the halcyon days of Fife Pea Growers and its big fleet of pea viners

Classic Tractor Issue 149 September 2013 

County vs Muir-Hill: A County 1174 and Muir-Hill 121 go head-to-head in our exciting field test
Fleet Profile: We profile three Fife farm businesses that run 14 MF tractors between them
Working Countys: A full report from the Scottish County Tractor Club’s forage harvesting event
Reader Rebuild: North Yorkshire farmer Rob Rooke’s home-made Leyland tandem creation
Budget Tyres: Our guide to the budget tyres that are available for a typical smaller classic
Red Tractor Book: We review Red Tractors 1958-2013, a book on the history of IH and Case-IH
Zetor Developments: Zetor updates its Proxima models and opens a brilliant visitor centre in Brno
Pea Harvesting: We follow the story of pea harvesters , from static viners to the latest models
From the Archives: A nice selection of archive pictures of old balers dating back almost 60 years

Classic Tractor Issue 148 August 2013 

Tracks vs Tyres A wheeled John Deere 8420 takes on a tracked 8520T in this unique field trial.
FORAGE HARVESTING John Deere 5400 The UK’s first Deere5400 forager left a great impression on this demo driver.
FORAGE HARVESTING Working Classics A pair of older Claas Jaguars are at the heart of a farm fleet in North Cornwall.
FORAGE HARVESTING From The Archives Archive images chart the development of the forage harvester since the 1950s.
FORAGE HARVESTING Modern Classics Contractor Alec Lunn runs a mint fleet of five Ford and New Holland tractors.
FORAGE HARVESTING Contractors Pictures Super old photos of forage harvesters taken by a Gloucestershire contractor.
Reader Rebuild The story of an experimental DB 1100 that has been rebuilt to a high standard.
Tractor Fest Show The best classics from the tractor fest show at Newby Hall, North Yorkshire.
Dyno Test Day Test results from the Dyno Day staged by Myerscough College in Lancashire.
Tractor Trade profile on Stewart Trailers plus a look at James Stewart’s super County fleet.
Memory Lane DB tester Anthony Heath recalls work on pick-up hitches and the 1690 turbo.

Classic Tractor Issue 147 July 2013 

John Deere Collection: A full set of the top models from each of the sub-ranges in Deere’s 50 Series
Case IH Collection: Comparing the Case-IH 1594 and the 956XL in a unique road and field test
Registrations Revealed: We reveal the 2012 registration figures and shares for the UK’s tractor market
Farming Reflections: A Leicestershire farmer who is a keen photographer shares his 1980s images
Eastern Counties Show: There were some super classics at this year’s Eastern Counties Tractor Show
Claas Centenary: Early History: The focus is on the early years in this fantastic review of Claas’ UK history
Claas Centenary: Combine Memories: Men with a lifetime of experience on Claas combines share their stories
Reader Rebuild: A Muirhill 121 Series II is treated to a stunning rebuild in Northern Ireland
Tractor Customising: Customising tractors is a speciality of NH dealer ZHE of Maasdam, Holland
Grassland Classics: Archive images of the mowers and the conditioners produced since the 1960s

Classic Tractor Issue 146 June 2013 

Fleet Profile: The Gould family’s Dorset dairy farm is home to a busy fleet of blue tractors
Reader Rebuild: This MF 690 has gained a turbo and is also fitted with a lot of optional extras
Meltham’s Final Years: An insightful look at the final years of tractor making at the Meltham factory
John Deere Special: Archive Images: Great archive images of John Deere’s 55 Series from when they were new
John Deere Special: Working Classic: After 15 years of inactivity, this giant Deere 4850 has just returned to work
John Deere Special: Suffolk farmer Terry Godbold does all his ploughing with a pair of late 4755s
Machinery Records: The Watson family have kept a record of all their farm machinery since 1913
Crawler Swansong: Looking back at some of the last steel track farm crawlers offered in the UK
LuK Factory Tour: We visit LuK’s factory in Sheffield to find out how it makes tractor clutches
Memory Lane: Former DB employee Anthony Heath digs out some test reports on the 1490

Classic Tractor Issue 145 May 2013 

Fleet Profile: Sports turf drainage specialist Turfdry runs a fleet of four mint Same models
Tractor World Show: A superb display of classics at the Tractor World show at Malvern
Time Warp Fords: Ford 4000: Cherished by its first owner, this 1972 Ford 4000 is in immaculate condition
Time Warp Fords: Ford 6410 & Ford 6640: These two modern classics have only clocked 1300 hours between them
Time Warp Fords: Ford 4600: A very low-hour 1975 Ford 4600 from a Scottish collection gets a rare outing
SIMA Show: There was no shortage of tractor news at the SIMA machinery show in Paris
LGP Vehicle History: Low ground-pressure vehicles came in shapes and sizes in the 70s and 80s
Massey Ferguson 1080: Memories and great archive images of Massey Ferguson’s French-built 1080
Drill Development: Period pictures tell the story of classic drills and traditional drilling practices
Memory Lane: Former DB employee Anthony Heath recalls his 1390 Hydra-Shift test work

Classic Tractor Issue 144 April 2013 

Roadless 30 Years: The Final Years: A look what Roadless built during its final years in the tractor business
Roadless 30 Years: Reader Rebuild: The last tractor that Roadless Traction sold has been treated to a major refurbishment
Case Study: Fiat 100-90 and 110-90 owners give us their opinions on these rugged tractors
Show Report: There were some top classics exhibited at the excellent Somerset Tractor Show
Fleet Profile: We visit a Fife family where loyalty to one dealer has helped to shape its fleet
LAMMA Show: A round-up of the new workshop tools and accessories displayed at LAMMA
Mud & Machines: Early LGP Equipment: Great archive photos of early ways of reducing a tractor’s ground pressure
Mud & Machines: LGP Solutions: Some of the current methods of getting on the fields without damaging the soil
Mud & Machines: Recovery Specialist: John Brown uses an array of classics to rescue all sorts of bogged vehicles
Claas Approved: Claas’ approved used tractor scheme offers peace of mind to purchasers

Classic Tractor Issue 143 March 2013 

Fleet Profile: The Hosking’s decision to run classics is the key to building up their business
Reader Rebuild: We visit a Leicestershire family with a great enthusiasm for Hungarian Dutras
Diesel Update: The chances of there being biodiesel in your bulk tank will increase from April
Power Quest Special: Boosting Power: We look at some of the methods used over the years to boost horsepower
Power Quest Special: Ford 7700 V8: With its 150hp Perkins V8 engine, this refurbished Ford 7700 is one of a kind
Power Quest Special: John Deere Kinze: Repowered by Kinze, this Deere 8650 is a prime mover on a Midlands farm
Power Quest Special: Burton 148: The impressive Burton 148 consists of a Ford 5000 with 4WD and a V8 motor
Power Quest Special: Nuffield 6/95: This 1960s Nuffield now has a Perkins six-cylinder under its stretched bonnet
Power Quest Special: Ford 8100 Perkins: A Perkins 1006T engine has raised the power of this Ford 8100 to over 150hp
Combine Development: How MF benefited from White’s early development work on rotary combines
From the archives: These archive pictures are a reminder that farming in the wet is nothing new
Memory Lane: Anthony Heath recalls how DB sorted out teething problems on the 90 Series

Classic Tractor Issue 142 February 2013 

Fleet Profile: The Dunstan family run an impressive fleet of classics on their Cornish farm
Newark Tractor Show: All the highlights from Newark’s epic tractor show held on 10-11 November
Tractor Market: Government figures allow us to take an early look at UK market shares in 2011
Original Classic: This rare 1980s Fendt Favorit 626LS is the only one in the Republic of Ireland
Reader Refurb: After a change of owner, this Marshall 125-4 has received a deserved tidy-up
Farming Review: A review of British agriculture and the machinery that was being used in 1982
MF Conversions Special: Massey Miscellany: A look at some of the less common conversions created in the past
MF Conversions Special: Four Wheel Traction: The story of a company that pioneered the conversion of MF models to 4WD
MF Conversions Special: Standen: The East Anglian engineering firm with a long history of MF conversions
MF Conversions: Farmwell: These MF-based no-frills models were built in the UK for developing nations
Tractor Trade: We talk to rebuild specialist Ben Craig about his thriving restoration business
From The Archives: A pictorial history of the logistics used to get tractors from the factory to the farm

Classic Tractor Issue 141 January 2013 

Fleet Profile: A Norfolk farming family relies on modern McCormick tractors
Smithfield Show: Archive images help trace the history of the Smithfield Show at Earls Court
Range Review: We visit a Leicestershire collection that contains every IH model from 1969-70
Harvest Gathering: Machinery from the 1970s in action at a harvest event in the Scottish Borders
Ford 7810 Special: Development: The fascinating story of how the Ford 7810 was developed in the mid-80s
Ford 7810 Special: Case Study: We talk to eight Ford 7810 owners and seek their views on this modern classic
Ford 7810: Buyer’s Guide: Expert advice and tips on what to look for when you check over a
Ford 7810:Reader Rebuild: Wyn Jones refurbished his Ford 7810 Generation III and then put it to work
EIMA Show: The latest tractor news from the EIMA machinery show held in Bologna, Italy
Tractor Trade: We visit Cheshire-based McCormick and Zetor dealer Barlows of Henbury
Memory Lane: Anthony Heath recalls his work testing CDC engines in DB tractors in the 80s