From the very beginning, Cecil Pond worked with his father, Elmer on the development of what became known as the Wheel Horse tractor. Unlike many enterprises begun in a family garage, the development of their tractor revolutionized the care of America's fast-growing postwar suburban lawns. Here was a tractor far from the farm, which delighted its user while easing his maintenance chores. Today, the Wheel Horse tractor is a prized collectible in addition to being a useful and necessary piece of equipment.
Straight from the Horse's Mouth: The Wheel Horse Story reveals the fascinating history of the beginning of the Wheel Horse and its influence on the American lawn. Full of beautiful, color photographs on crisp, glossy pages, it tells the story of this classic machine, complete with vintage advertisements, personal memorabilia, and even an accompanying DVD. This final edition of Straight from the Horse's Mouth is perfect for vintage tractor buffs or any historian.
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Welcome to the world of Alexander Botts and Earthworm Tractors, a series of humorous short stories about a bumbling salesman’s trial and tribulations selling crawler tractors. His unusual sales tactics send the machines through impervious swamps, murky lakes, and high snowbanks. His schemes consistently backfire but, in the end, he never fails to close the deal! In this book, Botts talks his way into a job selling Earthworm Tractors for The Farmers’ Friend Tractor Company.
Alexander Botts was created in 1927 by author William Hazlett Upson, and these stories are based on Upson’s brief career as a mechanic for the Caterpillar Tractor Company. For almost half a century, Botts was beloved by Saturday Evening Post readers in more than 100 short stories. This book is the first in a series and will be the only publication to present the collection in its entirety, including five Botts stories that never appeared in the Saturday Evening Post.
Alexander Botts and his Earthworm Tractor will charm readers young and old and entertain with innocent mayhem, timeless humor, and twists of fate.
Like Henry Ford, Herbert Austin had farming roots. Both brought motoring to the masses and both attempted to take the physical drudgery out of farming by introducing mechanisation. Austin imported American machines in the First World War and heard about the revolutionary new Fordson. His take on the new rigid, frameless technology was the 1919 Austin R, built at his Birmingham car factory. The inexorable reduction of the price of Fordsons saw Austin move his tractors to the more protected French market, where they soon challenged Renault’s dominance. A former leather works with farming estate at Liancourt, near Paris, became exclusive home to Austin’s tractors, and diesel technology was adopted there long before it was introduced at Austin in England. The Second World War saw Liancourt producing German military vehicles and the imprisonment and in some cases execution of the Austin management. The dreadful conditions at Liancourt were highlighted at the Nuremberg Trials. Afterwards, there was a brave attempt to revive the French tractors and British Austin engines were used in Bristol crawlers. This book tells the fascinating and largely untold story of the tractors made by one of Britain’s biggest car makers, and also looks other uses of Austin engines in the Austin Champ and Gipsy.
Providing an interesting glimpse into the steam traction engines and internal combustion tractors that revolutionized the world of farming, this collection focuses on American tractors from the late 1850s to the beginning of the Great Depression. With farm journal advertisements -- dating from 1909 through 1929 -- this account considers how something as ordinary and utilitarian as a tractor seems to have inherent standards of good design, correct proportion, and beauty. Intended for tractor enthusiasts, historians, artists, illustrators, students of industrial design, and graphic art lovers, this fascinating book recounts an important piece of history.
An essential agricultural text originally published in 1922, Farm Mechanics is a detailed but easy-to-understand manual outlining all the important aspects of working the land.
The guide is broken up into sections that cover every aspect of farm work, from woodworking and laying cement to farm machinery repair. Informative and easy to understand (with close to 500 illustrations and photographs), Farm Mechanics is both a historical reference for those interested in the history of agriculture and a commonsense tool that outlines essential agricultural skills.
For those who want to know more about the golden days of farming, there are plenty of details here to paint a vivid picture of early 20th century farming in the United States, accompanied by detailed photos and illustrations of farm equipment and practices in action.
But this isn’t just a book of theoretical practices for curious historians either. While some of the skills explained here seem inapplicable for modern use (most farmers no longer take the time to learn blacksmithing), other sections contain tools and advice that are still indispensable to the modern farmer (such as the passages on cement and concrete, or rope and harness work for farm animals).
From the late 19th century, tractors began to change the way that farmers worked, increasing efficiency and productivity and reducing dependence on animal power and physical labor. From crude early prototypes to powerful modern machines with a bevy of amenities, tractors have evolved with the technology of the times.
Author Michael Williams, a recognized authority on the global history of power farming, combines his agricultural background and technical writing acumen to bring readers a comprehensive look at the rise of this revolutionary machine that changed the face of farming around the world.
Inside Farm Tractors, you’ll find:
• Steam-powered machines that gradually gave way to the first tractors
• Profiles of prominent manufacturers and innovators throughout the decades, including Henry Ford, International Harvester, John Deere, and Caterpillar
• Detailed photographs and illustrations of notable models and machinery
• Technical breakthroughs, including the use of hydraulics, the advent of diesel engines, and the availability of four-wheel drive
• The introduction of new fuel sources as alternatives to gasoline
• Specialized tractors for orchard work, high-acreage operations, hauling, cultivating, and other farm jobs
• The tractor industry’s major expansion following World War II
• Modern-day tractors and an outlook on the future of farm machinery
This classic guide presents practical information on virtually every aspect of farm equipment, machinery, and organization. Originally published in 1917, Handy Farm Equipment and How to Use It surveys every topic of importance to the challenge of equipping a successful and fully functional farm, including lighting the farm home, establishing sources of water, and arranging for sewage disposal for the farmhouse. Additional sections provide detailed discussions of such indispensable examples of farm equipment as tillage tools, seeding machinery, manure spreaders, grain binders, and corn harvesters.
Fully illustrated throughout with drawings, diagrams, plans, and photographs, Handy Farm Equipment and How to Use It will prove as interesting to the current farmer for its still-prudent advice on the timeless problems of farm management as it will to the history buff who wishes to catch an image of what the American farm was like at the beginning of the 20th century. It provides a lovely foray into the rich legacy of American agriculture and will appeal to anyone who has ever been interested in the nuts and bolts of farm life.
How to Restore Ford Tractors: The Ultimate Guide to Rebuilding and Restoring N-Series and Later Tractors 1939-1962 is a hands-on guide to restoring Fordson, Ford-Ferguson and Ford tractors through 1962, all in full-color photography. It covers everything from choosing a tractor to purchase, troubleshooting, disassembly, engine and gearbox rebuilds, electrical work, reassembly, painting and post-restoration care and maintenance. It also includes an appendix listing sources for parts, decals, tires, and so forth, as well as addresses for tractor clubs and collectors associations.
This guide will walk you step-by-step through the complete restoration of your Ford -- from disassembly to engine rebuild, from electrical repairs to painting and final detailing. It includes hundreds of helpful full-color photographs, proven tips and techniques and money-saving advice from restorers who know what works and what doesn't.
How to Restore Tractor Magnetos is the essential guide to farm tractor electrical systems and offers the tractor restorer all the information needed to restore, repair and diagnose magnetos. Authored by the late Neil Yerigan, who was a master of working with vintage electronics, the book comprehensively covers how magnetos function as well as how to troubleshoot and repair common problems. The fine art of nondestructive disassembly is covered in detail and is a key ingredient to keeping your magneto (and your tractor) happy and running.
Now back in print, How to Restore Tractor Magnetos includes sections on the most common magnetos, including those made by Wico, American Bosch, International Harvester, Fairbanks-Morse, Case, Eisemann and more. Also included are voltage regulator field repair and testing, electric starter motors, and wiring advice. Yerigan augments the book's technical detail with anecdotes about the trials and tribulations of day-to-day life in his state-of-the-art (for 1936) south Minneapolis electrical repair shop.
How to Restore Your Farm Tractor features hundreds of helpful full-color photographs, proven tips and techniques, and money-saving advice from restorers who know what works…and what doesn’t. Tractor expert Tharran Gaines walks you step-by-step through the restoration techniques applicable to all of the most popular and collectible makes, covering:
• Shopping for a tractor and setting up shop
• Engine disassembly and rebuild
• Clutches and transmissions
• Final drives and brakes
• Hydraulic, electrical, and fuel systems
• Tires and wheels
• Body repair, painting, and decals
There’s even information on antique tractor shows and demos, as well as a handy updated section on part sources. John Deere, Ford, Farmall, Allis-Chalmers, Minneapolis-Moline, and more…no matter your passion, with Gaines’ guidance you will be well on your way to transforming that old tractor into a shiny “new” classic!
Noted photographer Andrew Morland presents more than 650 photographs of tractors from the USA, Canada, Europe and Japan, including models from the 1880's to today. Features everything from John Deere, Farmall, Ford, Case and Caterpillar to some interesting and uncommon tractors that you've never seen before.
Between 1956 and 1964, Massey Ferguson manufactured some 380,000 MF 35s (better known as the Ferguson TO35 in the United States), the most popular medium-sized farm tractors of the period. Many have remained in work, and they are a restorer’s favorite machine.
In this book, technical writer and author Chris Jaworski (a restoration enthusiast himself) provides easy-to-follow, comprehensive information about the MF 35 and TO35 tractor. Each chapter includes step-by-step instructions illustrated with clear photographs, covering all aspects of the MF 35 and TO35 3-cylinder, 4-cylinder, and petrol/TVO models.
This manual includes detailed guidance on:
• Buying and safety
• Weekly checks
• Cooling systems
• Fuel systems
• Rear axle and PTO
• Steering and front axle