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Tractors: 1880s to 1980s (Shire Library) [Kindle Edition]

Nick Baldwin
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Book Description

Of all motor vehicles the farm tractor has proved to be among the most beneficial. It has freed hundreds of thousands of laborers and horses from backbreaking toil on the land in all weathers and it has stabilized the cost of food.

Starting with steam power in the middle of the nineteenth century, the agricultural tractor became motorized in the early years of the twentieth century. From vast prairie types, lighter, one-man machines arrived in time to avert famine in the First World War. Mass production followed, which brought the price of tractors within reach of the average farmer. Meanwhile tractors changed from being simple substitutes for draught animals to highly sophisticated machines, with power takeoffs and hydraulically mounted implements. Pneumatic tires and diesel engines revolutionized the 1930s market, after which draught control and then inexpensive four-wheel-drive made sure that fuel and time went into crop production rather than wheelspin. This marked the end of the widespread use of tracked crawlers, as powerful and efficient wheeled tractors took their place, incorporating the latest multi-range transmission technology.

All the key developments and significant tractor makers are described in this book, from the beginning of the tractor's development to the 1970s. Illustrated by period views of machines at work and in contemporary sales literature, this is a nostalgic history of the machine that has been at the center of agricultural life since before World War II.

From the Trade Paperback edition.

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About the Author

Nick Baldwin was driving a Standard Fordson as a schoolboy in the 1950s. He later worked in the Land Rover factory and became a writer on transport topics. He produced the first of several farm tractor books in the 1970s and now has a collection of old machines on his traditional farm. He writes regularly in Tractor and Machinery magazine.

Product Details

  • File Size: 4372 KB
  • Print Length: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Shire (November 22, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005UF2C74
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4.0 out of 5 stars Compact but Well-Done Guidebook to Farm Tractors! December 22, 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Nick Baldwin's TRACTORS 1880s TO 1980s is great value for the dollar. A 6 x 8-inch paperback, it offers up 64 pages jam-packed with info and illustrations on the development and use of farm tractors in America, the U.K. and Europe in the late 19th and 20th Centuries. Published by England's Shire Publications in 2010, it's an appealing package sure to interest tractor buffs.

A former chairman of the National Motor Museum Advisory Council, Baldwin has written many books on tractors, automobiles, trucks, etc. He expertly and entertainingly traces the history of farm tractors, covering 'Early Tractors,' 'Developments Between the World Wars,' 'Evolution in the 1940s and 1950s' and so on.

Each chapter is illustrated with dozens of vintage b&w and color photographs, diagrams, posters and ads. It's a hoot seeing all those old machines. Some of them were pretty weird-looking but they must have done the job!

While not definitive, Baldwin's book is a wide-ranging, informative, well-illustrated and inexpensive - $12.95 - guidebook to some classic farm machinery. Recommended.

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