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Classic Tractor Issue 176 December 2015 

Fleet Profile: IH, Case-IH and McCormick tractors provide the power on this mixed farm.
Zetor Crystal: A look at what Zetor’s original Crystal had to offer and a drive of the new one.
Selectamatic Special: Development: The changes to the David Brown range that helped the Meltham tractors thrive.
Selectamatic Special: Publicity: Behind-the-scenes story of how David Brown produced its publicity material.
Selectamatic Special: Sales: Launch of white tractors was followed by a vigorous sales drive during 1966.
Selectamatic Special: Show Report: Over 70 DBs took part in a special 50th anniversary event near the old factory.
Selectamatic Special: Buyers Guide: Great advice on what to look for when buying a classic DB 990 Selectamatic.
Ford Series 10: The Ford Series 10 got off to a shaky start but the range improved with age.
Reader Rebuild: This improved and overhauled IH 674 is now ready for a new life in the USA.
Original Classic: This Ford 7810 Silver Jubilee tractor in Sweden has clocked a mere 1081 hours.
Case Study: A review of the wide range of tractors used to harvest vegetable crops in Fife.

Classic Tractor Issue 175 November 2015 

First Impressions: 3CXC Compact: JCB’s brand new backhoe is a clean sheet design, not just a new 2CX.
First Drive: Doosan DX490-5: New Dash 5 tracked excavators feature power, speed & economy.
Product Launch: JCB: New developments from JCB on the occasion of its 70th birthday.
Special News: Report: Comments on the European Stage 5 emissions regulations.
Men & Machines: Jameson: Groundworks specialist is keen to dispel myths about tilt-rotors.
Site Visit: Dochfour Estate: Where a new Liebherr R922 is at work on a small hydro-electric project.
Demolition: Leicester Hospital: Komatsu’s first UK-built 28m high-reach demo rig goes into action.
Plant Hire: M.O’Brien: Operator feedback on this hire company’s latest excavator purchases.
Used Equipment: Komatsu WA800: Buying used quarry machinery can bring substantial financial benefits.
Men & Machines: James Friel: Report on another successful owner-operator of a wheeled excavator.
Market Review: Wheeled Excavators: The latest news in the versatile wheeled excavator sector of the market.
First Impressions: Volvo EW 160E: Is this the highest-spec wheeled excavator combination in Britain?
Extreme Machines: Arklow Harbour: A collection of specialist plant enabled dredging within a tight timescale.
Special Adaption: Heuvel: Dutch specialist turns standard excavators into something special.
Site Visit: JCB JS370: Chandos Civils give the UK working debut for JCB’s 38-tonne excavator.
Machines Past: Matbro & Bray: History and the Mathew brothers’ contribution to the plant industry.

Classic Tractor Issue 174 October 2015 

Fleet Profile: Classic and modern MF tractors rule in this dairy farming and contracting fleet.
Reader Rebuild: This 10,700-hour Ford 7600 is as good as new again following a super rebuild.
Black Beauties: Case-IH Maxxum: A Devon farmer transforms a Case-IH Maxxum into a stunning black beauty
Black Beauties: The Originals: The manufacturers who chose black to give great machines outstanding looks.
Black Beauties: Custom Projects: With their black paint, all these custom projects now stand out from the crowd.
Black Beauties: Recent Editions: A round-up of the latest machines that have received special black paintwork.
Show Report: Ireland’s Silage Extravaganza attracted dozens of old foragers and a big crowd.
Original Classics: This impressive low-hour County 1884 is one of the best examples to be found.
From the Archives: A nostalgic look at the MF stands from the heyday of national and local shows.

Classic Tractor Issue 173 September 2015 

Original Classics: Mint MB-Trac, Case and Ford models transport us back in time to the 1980s.
Reader Rebuild: This MF 175 has gone from a wrecked loader tractor to a superb prize winner.
Case Study: We take a close-up look at the classics that are used to grow veg crops in Fife.
Super Sixes Special: Ford 6600: This 1977 DIY conversion, based on a Ford 6600, has never stopped working.
Super Sixes Special: Ford 5000: Fitting a six-cylinder power unit in this Ford 5000 transformed its performance.
Super Sixes Special: Snow Queen: This bespoke snow clearance machine is made up of parts from several Fords.
New Registrations: We reveal who sold what in the UK in 2014, based on the registration figures.
Show Report: Members of a Fife vintage club put on a nice display of classic cultivation kit.
From the Archives: A teaching aid from the 1980s reminds us of machinery being used at the time.
Tractor History: The story of Mailam of Italy and why only three of its crawlers made it here.

Classic Tractor Issue 172 August 2015 

MF Comparison: MF’s six-cylinder 399 goes up against three-cylinder 5610 of the same power.
Fleet Profile: Five Ford and New Holland 70 Series models form the backbone of this fleet.
Original Classic: This JCB Fastrac 145, the fifth one off the line, may be the oldest still at work.
Foraging Special: Harvester History: A history of foragers, from green crop loaders to 1000hp self-propelled units.
Foraging Special: Classic vs Modern: How does a 21-year old self-propelled NH forager compare to new machines?
Foraging Special: Fleet Profile: Irish contractor Brendan Marshall has built up a formidable silage operation.
Foraging Special: Case Study: A study of the modern classic tractors being used by contractors in Co. Cork.
Foraging Special: Single-Chop Demo: Dozens of single-chop harvesters went to work at Co. Monaghan silage show.
Show Report: Carrington Rally’s IH theme attracted 150 exhibits, setting a new UK record.
From the Archives: DB did not just build for itself but also supplied skid units to other customers.

Classic Tractor Issue 171 July 2015 

Fleet Profile: A pure MF fleet provides power for the Hanna family’s dairy farm in Co. Down.
Ford Working Day: Plenty of six-pot action at the Big Ford Tractor Register’s superb working day.
High Hours Special: Fendt 305 LSA: This remarkable Fendt 305 has clocked over 30,000 hours and still runs a treat.
High Hours Special: MF 698T: This highly active MF has been around the clock, but exactly how many times?
High Hours Special: John Deere 6910: Even though this JD 6910 has clocked 20,000 hours, it still looks really fresh.
High Hours Special: MF 3085: A tireless worker on a dairy farm, this trusty MF has done over 23,000 hours.
Late Muir-Hill: A rare Muir-Hill 131 comes up for sale and is driven by a member of our team.
Ford 4000 History: We chart the development and history of the most successful Ford 6X tractor.
Show Report: There were tractors with a difference at 2015’s Eastern Counties Vintage Show.
From the Archives: During the 1970s, Britain was invaded by lots of tractor brands from overseas.

Classic Tractor Issue 170 June 2015 

Modern Classics: Imported from Scandinavia, these mint classics have great paint and low hours.
Fleet Profile: The Haughtey’s working fleet has been transformed since our last visit in 2010.
Reader Rebuild: A Steyr-built Marshall D- 110 model is treated to a professional refurbishment.
Working Demos: Seeing and trying equipment at work in the fields is often the sales deal clincher.
DB Factory: We tour the old David Brown plant at Meltham Mills, looking at what’s left.
Tractor World Show: Our report on the best classics on show at this year’s Tractor World at Malvern.
From the Archives: A look at the industrial tractors that are essential work tools outside agriculture.
Reflections: Jim Fowler’s dealership held agencies for Fiat and Same tractors, plus others.

Classic Tractor Issue 169 May 2015 

Fleet Profile: A terrific all-blue team of modern and classic tractors powers a Borders Farm.
Original Classics: We give our verdict on seven original weather cabs installed on 60’s classics.
SIMA Show: Review of the latest tractors launched at the SIMA machinery show in Paris.
Kimco/IH Hybrids: The story of Kimco, a mysterious IH subsidiary that built tractors in Japan.
Ford Conversions: Facinating review of the six-cylinder conversions of Ford two-wheel drives.
Fiat Winner: Looking back to 1990 and the launch of the Italian-built Fiat Winner range.
Power On The Land: Final look at the best of the runners-up pictures from last year’s photo contest.
Tractor Trade: Parts supplier Sparex of Exeter, Devon, is 50 this year. We profile the business.

Classic Tractor Issue 168 April 2015 

Fleet Profile Family farm in Herefordshire has lots of power to spare in its fabulous fleet.
Case-IH Comparison Testers give us personal verdicts on the Case-IH 1594 and 956XL of the 1980s.
PROTOTYPE SPECIAL Miscellaneous Introducing our prototype special with a look at many different secret models.
PROTOTYPE SPECIAL Ford Series 40 Rare and previously unseen pictures of Ford Series 40 prototypes in the 1980s.
PROTOTYPE SPECIAL Marshall 100 Series A look back to the early 1980s and the creation of the Marshall 100 Series.
PROTOTYPE SPECIAL BMC Mini The amazing story of the discovery of a dozen BMC Mini tractor prototypes.
Eastern Bloc We chart the successes and failures of Eastern Bloc brands in the UK market.
What’s New Zetor reveals its plans to introduce two new ranges powered by Deutz engines.
LAMMA Show A review of the latest accessories seen at the LAMMA show at Peterborough.
Photo Competition More stunning pictures from our 2014 Power on the land photo competition.
Somerset Show There was a DB theme at the Somerset Tractor Show and it was a big success.

Classic Tractor Issue 167 March 2015 

Fleet Profile: Five desirable Deeres are used to power this 800-acre Gloucestershire enterprise
Reader Rebuild: A magnificent Case-IH Maxxum 5150 Pro has been treated to a top overhaul
Tractors at Work: A look back at the Long Sutton events, the UK’s biggest tractor working events
Upgrade Special: Starter GPS Systems: Our review of entry-level GPS systems to update classics into the modern era
Upgrade Special: Replacement Seats: A round-up of some of the tractor seat upgrades that boost operator comfort
Upgrade Special: Useful Accessories: A look at some of the options available to upgrade classic tractor performance
Upgrade Special: Maintenance Tips: Tractor servicing hints and tips that can help maintain and boost machine value
Upgrade Special: GPS Installation: Our step-by-step guide to fitting a GPS unit for variable-rate fertiliser spreading
From the Archives: When winter comes, we rely on tractors to keep everything moving on the farm.

Classic Tractor Issue 166 February 2015 

Fleet Profile: Co. Dublin vegetable growers who use classic and modern Massey Fergusons
Case Study: Four New Holland TS115 owners tell us what they think about their tractors
IH Special: Archive Photo: Superb pictures of IH show stands and the models on offer in the early 1980s
IH Special: Bradford Works: Confidential documents reveal why IH closed down its Bradford plant in 1982
IH Special: Eighties Classics: Two great IH classics, a 685XL and an Axial-Flow combine, in the same field
IH Special: Future Models: Revealed! How IH planned to revamp its European tractors during the 1980s
IH Special: Reader Rebuild: A Yorkshire family has breathed new life into a two-wheel drive IH 885XL
Reflections: A reader’s memories of the machinery on a Suffolk farm in the 1980s and 90s
NIAE Cab Testing: Early NIAE cab testing was primitive, but then later became highly scientific
Show Report: A round-up of the new and interesting tractors at the big EIMA show in Italy
From the Archives: How materials handling evolved from wood-slatted elevators to telehandlers

Classic Tractor Issue 165 January 2015 

Field Test: Four- and six- cylinder models went up against each other at Blue Force event
Fleet Profile: A North Yorkshire farmer with a large armoury of classic and modern Deeres
Special Editions: Golden Jubilee: The story behind the creation of NH’s latest Golden Jubilee special editions
Special Editions: Pure Gold: A review of the gold-coloured models commissioned just for the UK market
Special Editions: Latest Editions: Today’s special editions tractors could become collector’s items of the future
Road laws: A look at what speed and weight limit changes will mean to tractor operators
Howard Bigbaler: A rare Howard Bigbaler ventures into the field and works next to a new NH
Newark Tractor Show: There was a great gathering of classics on display at this year’s Newark event
Original Classic: A pristine 1990 Ford 8210 could be the best of its type in Northern Ireland
Tractor Testing: the story of the NIAE’s tractor testing programme, from the start to the 1960s