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Tractor & Machinery

Tractor & Machinery

September 2020

Tractor & Machinery is the world’s best-selling tractor magazine. Onsale every four weeks, this 180-page publication covers tractors from the 1940s through to the 1990s, reflecting an era of tremendous change in agricultural machinery. From the post-war austerity days when tractors started to become more common on our land through to the 1990s when new technology transformed farming forever, Tractor & Machinery has exclusive owner’s stories, historical profiles, restoration stories, practical advice plus the latest news and sales results from the world of tractors. Each issue of Tractor & Machinery covers the most popular makes and models, such as Massey Ferguson, Ford, New Holland, International, John Deere and many more. In addition, however, the magazine also covers some of the quirkier tractors and implements around. For those with a hands-on knowledge, there’s a dedicated Workshop section with essential practical advice, hints and tips. Furthermore, there’s a Farm & Horticultural section looking at smaller machinery and implements. Tractor & Machinery is the only magazine to offer this huge variety of content and since its launch in 1994 Tractor & Machinery has gone from strength to strength and is now the world’s best-selling tractor magazine with fans the world over The publication is renowned for producing the most authoritative, in-depth and interesting features each month including exclusive owner’s stories, historical profiles, restoration stories, practical advice and more.

Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Publisher:
Kelsey Publishing Group
Frequency:
Monthly
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13 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
welcome

Hello and welcome to the September issue of Tractor & Machinery. Although we’re still a long way from the ‘normal’ that we left behind earlier this year, the new way of life is slowly opening up to allow us as enthusiasts to do some of the things that we enjoy so much. For the first time in a while, we’ve got some events to report on and although they are nothing like the scale we were used to before Covid-19 struck, it’s still pleasing to see that with careful planning and common sense, it is possible to get enjoyment from the machinery that we all work so hard to preserve. It’s certainly food for thought and makes me wonder whether I and a few like-minded locals should get together for a working…

11 min.
running a runabout

Tim James is a building contractor from Blandford, Dorset, with a penchant for tractors with a local history. These include an unusual International 956XL, often referred to as a ‘Rallye’ edition, and an aptly-named Massey Ferguson 135 ‘Flamingo’ conversion – used for crop spraying on a nearby estate. Both of the aforementioned tractors have featured in T&M, but one of Tim’s other prized machines is an International 374, which filled a gap at the 50th anniversary Great Dorset Steam Fair when the organisers were struggling to find a tractor from 1977. This particular 374 was first registered on 14 April 1977 and supplied by the renowned dealer Lott & Walne Ltd. of Dorchester to a small farm near Tim’s present home. “I understand this was what we would now term an ‘old-fashioned…

1 min.
t&m to your door!

Remember, you can get T&M without leaving home! Order a single issue and it will be delivered to your door with you only paying the cover price (£4.25). Or, why not get the next three issues of T&M delivered to your door for just £9.99? Delivery is free and you will get access to a free digital edition. Please telephone 01959 543747 and quote TM1, or go to: shop.kelsey.co.uk/suboffer/KP1TMA For the full range of subscription offers on all Kelsey Media titles, please visit the website: shop.kelsey.co.uk GOT A STORY? THEN WRITE TO THE EDITOR: Scott Lambert, Kelsey Publishing Ltd., The Granary, Downs Court, Yalding Hill, Yalding, Kent ME18 6AL email: tm.ed@kelsey.co.uk…

1 min.
championships cancelled

The Society of Ploughmen has announced the cancellation of this year’s British National Ploughing Championships & Country Festival at Mindrum, Northumberland, due to the ongoing uncertainty of the Covid-19 pandemic. In a statement, the Directors expressed their great disappointment and said it was an extremely difficult decision to make but their first priority is the health and safety of their volunteers, competitors, judges, stewards, exhibitors, visitors and the local community. They have consulted the host farmer, their Committees, trade exhibitors and sponsors and felt it was impossible to hold an event of the same quality and standard that their ploughing competitors and members would expect. Ex-world ploughing champion and Chairman of the Society of Ploughmen, Viv Samuel said: “We recognise how disappointing this news will be, but are pleased to announce that the…

1 min.
principal retires

The man that steered the UK’s first ever engineering academy to success over its first decade, retired on 17 July. Jim Wade became the first Principal of the JCB Academy in 2009, implementing the vision of JCB Chairman Lord Bamford to create a school dedicated to producing the engineers and business leaders of the future. Jim has retired having played a major role in the education of around 2,500 young people at an academy that has been oversubscribed every single year since it opened in a Grade II listed Arkwright Mill dating from 1781._He said: “The most satisfying aspect of the past decade is that so many of our learners have gone on to fulfil roles in engineering leadership, which is exactly what we set out to achieve with the JCB…

2 min.
goodyear tyres for big bud

Goodyear Farm Tires’ Low Sidewall technology has proved the answer to the conundrum to find suitable tyres for the biggest tractor in the world. Goodyear’s Low Sidewall (LSW) 1400/30R46s have been fitted to the 1,100hp Big Bud 16V-747. The fitting of eight new rims and tyres took place at the Heartland Museum in Clarion in Iowa, where the giant tractor has been hosted for the last seven years. It is thought to be the first time the tyres have been changed since the tractor was built in 1977. The entire width of the Big Bud, which was paraded down a high street after the tyre change, stands at 25 feet. While the tyres utilised are not currently available across the UK and Europe, the selection provides a major endorsement of the LSW…