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Classic Tractor Issue 164 December 2014 

Fleet Profile: A trio of Valtras head the McCormack family’s farming fleet in Co. Kilkenny
MF 100 Series Special: Development: The full story behind the development and introduction of the MF 100 Series
MF 100 Series Special: Range Review: Driving impressions and useful buying advice on the original range of models
MF 100 Series Special: Archive Pictures: Some great archive images of MF 100 Series tractors from the 1960s and 70s
MF 100 Series Special: Survivors: A cross section look at some of the MF 100 Series models that are still with us
Concours Collection: Six of the best Ford-based conversions you will find anywhere are up for sale
Ferguson Challenge: Hundreds of Ferguson and MF owners make an attempt at three world records
Tractor Development: SEM Engineering of Essex did lots of special Ford projects during the 1980s
From the Archives: A look back at drainage developments, from mole ploughs to huge pipe layers

Classic Tractor Issue 163 November 2014 

Fleet Profile: Multi-brand fleet provides the power for mixed family farm in Shropshire
Case Study: We visit three MB-trac owners whose versatile classics keep clocking hours
Ford 6X Special: Development: Background story to the development and introduction of the Ford 6X range
Ford 6X Special: Irish Launch: Quality archive pictures from the Irish launch of the Ford 6X range in Dublin
Ford 6X Special: Reflections: Former Ford employees reflect on the launch of the 6X range and its impact
Ford 6X Special: Range Review: Driving impressions on all the four 6X models, buying advice and parts prices
Tractor Trade: We visit Tunstall Tractors and look at the less common models held in stock
From the Archives: A look at how cultivators and ploughs for very high-hp tractors have evolved
Reader Rebuild: A Norfolk farmer brings a super 1962 Claas combine back to working order

Classic Tractor Issue 162 October 2014 

Fleet Profile: A great fleet of classic Fords provide the power on a Co.Durham farm
Rising Stars: The low-down on the classics we think will be good investments for the future
Reader Rebuild: Rare equal –wheel drive Leyland 485 is back to its best after extensive rebuild
Silage Classics: Full report on the classic forager event aiming for a world record in Co.Galway
Harvest Special: MF Cutting Crew: Four Canadian MF 865 combines get to work cutting barley in Co.Durham
Harvest Special: Harvest Day: New Holland combine action from the DeCourcey working event in Co.Cork
Harvest Special: First Claas Jumbo: This Claas Dominator 100, one of the first giant combines, is still in service
Harvest Special: Claas Flagship: A Claas Lexion 780TT owner gives us his views on current flagship combine
Harvest Special: From the Archives: The tackle used to deal with straw and stubble after combines have moved on
Bray Nuffields: The story of the rare and now valuable Bray Nuffields from the 1960s and 70s
Made in Scotland: New Deer Show’s ‘Made in Scotland’ theme attracted loads of great classics

Classic Tractor Issue 161 September 2014 

Fleet Profile: A fleet of 11 super Massey Fergusons make sense on this North Yorks farm
Reader Rebuild: Special edition Case-IH 885XL Super Two receives a quality refurbishment
Blue Force 1000: Extensive coverage from the excellent Blue Force 1000 event held at Newark
MF @ Coventry: Exploring the stories of the sites where MF equipment was designed and built
Reflections: Steve Owen recalls his 26-year career working in service for Renault in UK
Bray Centaur: The story of the Bray Centaur, a push-pull ploughing tractor form the 1960s
From the Archives: Looking at the history of New Holland combines, from 1952 through to today

Classic Tractor Issue 160 August 2014 

Original Classic: We drive a fabulous Ford TW35, just imported from Canada by a collector
Reader Rebuild: The only IH 5288 two-wheel drives in Britain, together and in stunning order
Foraging Special: Forager Development: Looking back at forager history, from the 1950s units to new self-propelleds
Foraging Special: Retro Rakers: A study of four Irish contractors who use modern classics for silage raking
Foraging Special: Fleet Profile: Classic Ford 10 Series tractors are the power choice for this Shropshire farm
Foraging Special: Classic Grassmen: Foragers and tractors from the classic era turn out in force for Irish silage event
Foraging Special: Grassland & Muck: A modern classic joined new kit at Grassland & Muck 2014 at Stoneleigh
Foraging Special: Relections: Retired contractor Peter Fox shares his memories of silage making machinery
Hay in Fife: Lots of classic hay-making gear came out with the sun for this Scottish rally
From the Archives: The first half of the 1990s was a time of great change in the tractor industry
Last Volvo: The unusual story of the Valmet 2005, the final Volvo tractor built in Sweden

Classic Tractor Issue 159 July 2014 

Field Test: Deere’s 6910 goes head-to-head with NH’s TM135 in our field comparison
Fleet Profile: A Northumberland farming fleet that’s growing to keep pace with more acres
High Hours: John Deere 6400: This John Deere 6400 has done 22,000 hours, but it’s almost time for a change
High Hours: New Holland TS115: Even with 20,000 hours on the clock, this NH TS115 is still highly reliable
High Hours: John Deere 6810: Regular maintenance has enabled this JD 6810 to pass the 20,000-hour mark
Tractor Registrations: Winners and losers are revealed in our analysis of tractor registrations in 2013
Reader Rebuild: History of the only Jewelltrac Logtrac and its recent discovery and overhaul
From The Archives: A look back at the history of the drills, thinners and hoes used in sugar beet
Combine Breaker: We visit the biggest combine breakers in Europe as they get ready for harvest
MF Argentina: A fascinating look at the models made by MF in Argentina during the 1970s

Classic Tractor Issue 158 June 2014 

Fleet Profile: A 23-tractor contractor’s fleet that has clocked-up an amazing 200,000 hours
Case Study: Four Deere 7000 Series owners tell us what they think of their 1990s models
Reader Rebuild: All the background to what is believed to be the first Ford 7810 Silver Jubilee
Modern Classics: Case-IH Maxxum: A cosmetic refurb has transformed the look of this contractor’s Case-IH 5140
Deutz-Fahr AgroStar: Restored to its former glory, this drop-nose tractor is great for hedge cutting
Massey Ferguson: MF 6260 looks as good as new thanks to a host of cheaper parts found online
Eastern Spectacular: Ransomes machinery was the theme at the Eastern Counties Show at Norwich
Sprayer Special: Sprayer Development: How sprayers evolved from the 1950s through to today’s self-propelled units
Ransomes CTV: The fascinating story of the innovative Ransomes CTV self-propelled sprayer
SAM Sprayers: SAM of Norfolk has been making self-propelled sprayers since the mid-1970s
From the Archives: The mystery of the MF 598, a totally unknown classic tractor up until now

Classic Tractor Issue 157 May 2014 

Fleet Profile: Tractors totalling more than 700hp are used to work this 100-acre arable farm
Case Study: We asked four Claas tractor owners for their chosen machines
Reader Rebuild: A professional restoration of two Fords brings them back to original condition
Tractor World Show: Our report on the best classics on show at this year’s Tractor World at Malvern
Tandem Tractors: Doe Triple-D: A personal and historical view of the tandem tractors made by Earnest Doe
Tandem Tractors: British Conversions: A review of the tandem outfits built by British farmers in their quest for power
Tandem Tractors: Scandinavian Units: BM and Volvo BM were the brands of choice for Scandanavian-built tandems
Blue Force 1000: A preview of the massive Fordson and Ford show to be held at Newark, Notts
From the Archives: Bamfords of Uttoxeter was rising high in the 1970s, but then crashed in 1980

Classic Tractor Issue 156 April 2014 

Fleet Profile: A special Fordson Dexta is at the heart of this Kent family farm’s tractor fleet
Somerset Show: Lots of great classic entries, including a display of MF 100 Series tractors
Reader Rebuild: A rare Nuffield Bray 10/60 is brought back from the brink to as good as new
LAMMA Show: Our coverage from the 2014 LAMMA show focuses on tools and accessories
Leyland Bathgate: Looking back at the local impact made by the BMC/Leyland plant at Bathgate
Prototype Combine: The story behind the development by White of a prototype triled combine
Original Classic: This impeccable 1992 Ford 3930 has clocked-up just 232 hours since new
Reflections: Gordon Cummins casts his mind back over his career in the machinery trade
From the Archives: The 1950s, 60s and 70s were successful years for the once great Bamfords firm

Classic Tractor Issue 155 March 2014 

Fleet Profile: Three highly desirable 50 Series John Deeres feature in this smart Irish fleet
Dream Machines: If money was no object, what machine would you buy for work and pleasure?
IH Imports: The history of the mighty US-built IH tractors shipped here in the classic era
Claas Search: A final selection of great old Claas combines entered in our recent search
Custom Classic: A John Deere 4620 with a Sound-Gard cab? Better still it’s working in the UK
History: the ingenious machines developed by legendary engineer David J B Brown
From the Archives: A fascinating insight into the changes in spreader designs over the past decades

Classic Tractor Issue 154 February 2014 

Fleet Profile: As well as three mint Deere’s this fleet also contains a rare JWD Fieldmaster
Reader Rebuild: A Ford 7810 Silver Jubilee is stripped down and made to look like new again
Claas Search: We have been searching for old Claas combines and now we have found them!
Newark Tractor Show: There were lots of great classic entries displayed at the Newark Tractor Show
Trailer Special: Legislation: Proposals for raising the current speed and weight limits are being considered
Trailer Special: Old & New: A Ford 4000 and a 6t Pettit trailer join a NH T7.210 and 14t Marston trailer
Trailer Special: From the Archives: A fascinating look at how farm trailers have evolved and grown bigger in size
Agritechnica Show: What’s New: Our Agritechnica report begins with a look at the latest tractors at Hannover
Agritechnica Show: Milestones: Landmark machines from the modern classic era had their very own area
Agritechnica Show: Farm Models: It wasn’t all big kit in Germany. Lots of new farm miniatures were launched
SEM History: The story of how SEM Engineering of Basildon homologated Ford’s big FWs
Valmet 1502: The six-wheel Valmet 1502 attracted a lot of publicity but not many were sold

Classic Tractor Issue 153 January 2014 

MF Comparison: A familiar MF 595 lines up alongside an uncommon French market MF 592
Reader Rebuild: Not many Leyland 802s had a QM cab and fewer still look as mint as this one
Ford in the 80s: History: The big changes that took place within Ford during the 1980s are documented
Ford in the 80s: Flagship Evolution: It’s all action as top-end models from Ford and New Holland are compared
Ford in the 80s: Original Classic: With just 1376 hours on the clock this 1989 Ford 4610 is a stunning example
Ford in the 80s: Case Study: Interviews with the owners of old Ford TW Series models built in the 1980s
Trimming Record: Irish hedge trimmer owners turn out in force and set a record in Co.Kilkenny
Eighties Archives: Great old pictures of tractors that were available in the UK in the early 1980s
Engine Emissions: A review of engine emission regs and their big impact on design since 1999
Farming Reflections: Fond memories of machinery used on a family farm in Norfolk 35 years ago