Tractors in the Shire (DVD 009)
Vintage tractors and machinery hard at work ploughing, trenching and bringing in the harvest. The internal combustion tractor has been the power source of choice for farmers for over a century, and has allowed dramatic changes to take place in agriculture over that time.
This video looks at some of the machines that have helped drive that change, such as the U-frame Wallis, the Standard Fordson and the little Grey Fergie, along with some that proved to be interesting side-tracks, like the Massey-Harris Universal Tractor, the Maclaren Mobile Windlass, a Vickers Aussie and a WWII Sherman tank converted into a 375hp agricultural tractor - a fine example of turning swords into ploughshares! Working sequences include a pair of Maclaren machines hauling a massive Fowler mole plough back and forth across the field, four different tractors working as a potato planting team, two working binders, one hauled by a Caterpillar D2 and the other by a green Fordson model N, and a variety of machines running threshing sets, ploughing and cultivating.
- Running time 57 minutes
- Colour, UK PAL DVD
- Aspect ratio 4:3
- Written and narrated by Alan Stennett
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