The Ferguson TE-20 is the world's most iconic tractor. This small, unobtrusive grey tractor, fondly known as the 'little grey Fergie', replaced the horse on many farms following the Second World War, paving the way for the mechanisation of farming.
In 1917, Harry Ferguson developed a method of attaching a wheel-less plough to a tractor in such a way as to reduce the dangers of the machine turning over. By 1925 the plough was in production, and Ferguson set about developing a tractor to incorporate the hydraulic linkage which effectively integrated the tractor and the implement. In 1946, production began of what was now known as the Ferguson TE-20, and over the next 10 years, more than 793,000 examples were produced in Britain, France and the USA.
With its revolutionary hydraulic linkage, Ferguson had always seen his tractor as part of a complete farming system and during the TE-20's life, more than 100 Ferguson implements were designed specifically to couple to the tractor.
Following the classic Haynes Manual format, the extensively illustrated Ferguson TE-20 Tractor Manual describes the development of Ferguson's TE-20 and The Ferguson System, providing a fascinating insight into how this apparently humble machine helped to mechanise and revolutionise farming across the world.
The anatomy of the Ferguson TE-20 is described in absorbing detail, including a look at the engines, transmission, steering, axles, hydraulics, implement linkage, electrics and bodywork. The Ferguson TE-20 Tractor Manual gives a comprehensive listing of the numerous official implements designed to integrate with The Ferguson System. Farmers' recollections put the story into historical context, and an insight is provided into finding, restoring and operating a 'little grey Fergie' today, with a summary of maintenance, repairs and likely day-to-day problems.
Pat Ware is one of Britain's foremost authorities on military transport and commercial vehicles. He is a former editor of Classic Military Vehicle magazine and has written numerous books about military and classic commercial vehicles. He is the author of Haynes's Military Jeep Enthusiasts' Manual. He lives in Norfolk.
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