• TRACTOR WARS: JOHN DEERE, HENRY FORD, INTERNATIONAL HARVESTER, AND THE BIRTH OF MODERN AGRICULTURE

    Discover the untold story of the “tractor wars,” the twenty-year period that introduced power farming - the most fundamental change in world agriculture in hundreds of years.

    A researcher, historian, and writer, Neil Dahlstrom has spent decades in the corporate archives at John Deere. In Tractor Wars, Dahlstrom offers an insider’s view of a story that entwines a myriad of brands and characters, stakes and plots: the Reverend Daniel Hartsough, a pastor turned tractor designer; Alexander Legge, the eventual president of International Harvester, a former cowboy who took on Henry Ford; William Butterworth and the oft-at-odds leadership team at John Deere that partnered with the enigmatic Ford but planned for his ultimate failure.

    With all the bitterness and drama of the race between Ford, Dodge, and General Motors, Tractor Wars is the untold story of industry stalwarts and disruptors, inventors, and administrators racing to invent modern agriculture—a power farming revolution that would usher in a whole new world.

    Item: 11370

    Author: Neil Dahlstrom

    Format: Hardcover

  • TRACTOR: RED EDITION

    This book has the same content as Tractor, just with a different color on the cover for those that bleed red! This rollicking ride into machine history follows the innovators, entrepreneurs, and hucksters who transformed our world with farm machines. Starting with the turn-of-the-century visionaries who saw that four wheels and a motor could replace the horse, the book moves swiftly through key early developments to cover the power farming movement of the latter part of the 20th century—a time when major manufacturers lagged behind and independent builders and farmers began creating their own solutions with pencil drawings and welders.

    The book’s stories range from the butcher shop where John Deere secretly designed a completely new line of four- and six-cylinder tractors to the skullduggery and corporate raiding that took place in fields and back lots as company agents schemed to discover what their dirty ol’ competitors had up their sleeves. The book moves all the way up through the creation of the first tractor electronics, the merger movement of the 1980s, and the emergence of high-technology innovations (such as smart farms and auto-guidance) that are changing the farm as we know it. This raucous, heartfelt book shines a light on some of the bright minds and innovative companies that emerged from the fertile fields of America’s heartland.

    Item: 9096

    Author: Lee Klancher

    Format: Hardcover

  • TRADITIONAL TOOLMAKING

    Bringing together the collective wisdom of a past generation of craftsmen, Traditional Toolmaking provides an in-depth record of the skills and techniques that made the mass production revolution of the 20th century possible. When first published in 1915, this book was an answer to a vast array of toolroom problems and explained many essential toolmaking operations. It includes timeless practices as well as some personally tailored methods by master toolmakers, including how to:

    • make straight forming tools
    • grind curved surfaces
    • gauge the angle of a thread
    • re-flute worn cutters
    • and much more!

    With detailed descriptions of every procedure, essential mathematical rules and calculations for use in the workshop, and a number of illustrative figures, this book stands as an invaluable reference for those with an interest in practicing hands-on toolmaking processes.

    Item: 8287

    Author: Franklin D. Jones

    Format: Paperback

  • TRAVELS WITH FOXFIRE

    Since 1972, the Foxfire books have preserved and celebrated the culture of Southern Appalachia for hundreds of thousands of readers. In Travels with Foxfire, native son Phil Hudgins and Foxfire student Jessica Phillips travel from Georgia to the Carolinas, Tennessee to Kentucky, collecting the stories of the men and women who call the region home.

    Across more than thirty essays, we discover the secret origins of stock car racing, the story behind the formation of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the vanishing art of gathering wild ginseng, and the recipes of an award-winning cookbook writer. We meet bootleggers and bear hunters, game wardens and medicine women, water dowsers, sculptors, folk singers, novelists, record collectors, and home cooks—even the world’s foremost “priviologist”—all with tales to tell.

    A rich compendium of the collected wisdom of artists, craftsmen, musicians, and moonshiners, Travels with Foxfire is a joyful tribute to the history, the geography, and the traditions that define Appalachian living.

    Item: 10922

    Author: Phil Hudgins

    Format: Paperback

  • TURN-OF-THE-CENTURY FARM TOOLS AND IMPLEMENTS

    Published in 1898, this trade catalog advertised tools, fertilizers, insecticides and other essentials for the turn-of-the-century garden, farm, greenhouse, lawn, orchard, poultry yard, stable and household. Abundantly illustrated, it included approximately 680 black-and-white images. Within the catalog’s pages, you’ll find butter printers, cast-iron field rollers, broadcast seeders, corn harvesters and huskers, root cutters, cider mills, veterinary remedies, and more.

    Item: 6522

    Author: Henderson & Co.

    Format: Paperback

  • ULTIMATE GUIDE TO FARM MECHANICS

    The Ultimate Guide to Farm Mechanics combines three classic farming texts for the first time, compiling knowledge from the best sources published as far back as 1884. A comprehensive reference book that belongs in any farming household today, it offers an array of farm knowledge for both experts and amateurs alike.

    The book is divided into three parts: the first covers general skills such as woodworking and blacksmithing, the second is dedicated to farm engines and how to run them, and the third teaches readers how to construct classic labor-saving devices such as an effective milking stool, plowing gear for a kicking mule, and a nest for egg-eating hens. Readers are taught to mend broken tools, make fertilizer and corn fodder, buy engine parts, and manage gasoline engines safely and economically.

    Filled with intricate illustrations, photos, and diagrams, Ultimate Guide to Farm Mechanics offers a wealth of knowledge still indispensable to the modern-day farmer. Both the casual and amateur reader will learn valuable lessons from the old teachers of early twentieth-century farming in the United States.

    Item: 7578

    Format: Paperback

  • VINTAGE AND CLASSIC TRACTOR RESTORATION

    This is you one stop guide to restoring a vintage and classic tractors! You'll get a detailed account of restoring these machines to their former glory, starting with how to initially purchase a tractor--through private means or at auction--and then how to get your hands dirty and making it look factory new.

    You’ll learn how it’s even possible to preserve a classic tractor in its working condition, which has a unique appeal to some tractor collectors and in some ways, is harder than a full restoration to undertake. Practical techniques have been amply illustrated throughout the book, ranging from the simple use of a lathe or milling machine to the making from scratch of various tools useful in restoration work.

    Rather than just replacing items such as carburetor, starter motor or dynamo, practical advice is given on how to test and rebuild these components back to full operation. Fifty-two practical picture spreads show techniques suitable for restorers of all levels of skill.

    Item: 10628

    Author: Richard Lofting

    Format: Hardcover

  • WILDERNESS ADVENTURE CAMP

    Whether in the rugged backcountry or a suburban backyard, kids can experience the sense of personal independence and self-confidence that come from outdoor proficiency, while also developing a deeper connection to and understanding of the natural world. With this skills-based book, kids learn essential safety and survival tips and bushcraft that they need to have a safe wilderness experience. Led by outdoor leader Frank Grindrod of Earthwork Programs, every turn of the page takes kids on another stage of the journey. They learn how to pack for the outdoors, navigate using a map and a compass, choose and set up a campsite, handle and use a knife properly, build a fire, tie different types of knots, make a lean-to out of sticks and leaves, and cook over an open fire. This guide teaches more than just outdoor know-how; it fosters appreciation for the natural world and pride in knowing how to use its resources as a tool for survival and adventure.

    Item: 10884

    Author: Frank Grindrod

    Format: Paperback

  • WITTE ENGINES E-BOOK

    Originally published by Witte Engine Works, this e-book version of a catalogue presents 40 pages overviews, descriptions and images of the various Witte engines, parts and other products. Also includes biographies of the company's executives, operation instruction and marketing materials.

    INSTANT DELIVERY ITEM: Order this e-book* and it will be delivered directly to your computer — no more waiting for delivery or paying expensive shipping and handling fees.

    *What is an e-book? The e-book is a revolutionary new way to obtain the information and literature you want in a download-and-print version from your personal computer. We have scanned the pages from your favorite original books and manuals, and collected them in an easy-to-use, widely accepted PDF format. Simply purchase the book, download to your desktop with a single click and print. E-books are available at reduced rates due to the elimination of printing and distribution costs.

    Item: 3787
  • WOOD SHOP

    Come on, kids: Grab a hammer, step up to the workbench, and get ready to measure, saw, drill, and make cool things! Wood Shop is an exciting introduction for today’s kids to an age-old tradition: building with wood.

    With step-by-step photographs and clear instructions, aspiring woodworkers learn essential skills such as how to drive a nail, use a power drill, “measure twice, cut once,” and saw correctly. Then the fun begins, with 17 cool and creative projects kids can build to furnish the wood shop, decorate their bedrooms and homes, and create their own play equipment. Favorite projects include Tic-Tac-Toe-To Go!, One-Board Birdhouse, a Tool Tote, and a hanging Twinkle Light. Wood Shop is the perfect gift for tinkerers, young makers, and aspiring carpenters and engineers.

    For ages 8-12.

    Item: 9215

    Author: Margaret Larson

    Format: Paperback

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