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Tractor & Machinery April 2017

The April issue of Tractor & Machinery is available now and we have an Irish special for you. We also have part two of our long-reaching guide to what’s on in 2017. Pick up your copy today…

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Contents

Buyers’ guide
QUITE
DECENT!
Massey Ferguson’s 135 is arguably the best-loved tractor ever produced, but what do you need to know if you’re buying one of the last examples produced?

NEW MACHINERY
News from sectors of the modern market.

NEWS
Keeping you up to date with what’s happening out there, especially when it’s of interest to the T&M enthusiast.

DAVID BROWN IS NO.1
Peter Love rounds up the action from Tractor World Spring at the Three Counties Showground.

HANDS-ON LEARNING
No matter what your age there’s an educational course for you, as Bernard Holloway discovers.

POSTBAG
The section where you have your say.

Irish special
THE ULTIMATE FARMER
A gleaming near-30 year-old Fendt is not something you see every day. We sent Chris McCullough to check it out.

Irish special
UNSUNG HERO
Many Zetor models escape the gaze of those looking for a restoration project, but not so Declan Robinson – a man that recognises quality when he sees it.

Irish special
DYNAMOMETER DAYS
When you’re running a fleet of classics as part of your business, it’s good to know what kind of shape they’re in. Grassmen decided to evaluate its models by putting them under load.

Irish special
ICING ON THE CAKE
John Flynn was a man on a mission, until he’d completed his latest project.

Irish special
DX TAKES CENTRES STAGE
Not complete with its spectacular Ford 6X ‘launch’ event two years ago, the Fingal Vintage Society decided on a repeat performance – albeit with a red hue.

JUNIOR
A new generation shows it already has what it takes!

Health & safety
BE SAFE!
In the first of two features relating to road runs in this issue, Bernard Holloway looks at such events from a safety perspective.

CENTRESPREAD
Built in Germany. Reborn in Northern Ireland!

2017 EVENTS GUIDE
Part two of our long-reaching guide to what’s on in 2017.

MODEL CORNER
Why not see what Tractor World Spring had to offer the model enthusiast?

Veteran & vintage scene
FORDSON Fs AT TRACTOR WORLD SPRING
Ford’s oldest tractors were a prominent feature at Malvern. Peter Love enjoyed the spectacle.

BALDWIN’S A-Z
Nick Baldwin continues his alphabetical guide to tractor manufacturers.

OUT & ABOUT
A Ford and Fordson-themed working day and two ploughing matches come under the spotlight.

The Horticulturists’ column
SECTION BETTER THAM EVER!
Despite no dedicated theme, the editor-at-large was full of praise for the horticultural section at Tractor World Spring.

BACK ISSUES
Gone? But not forgotten? Here’s where you can track down a missing mag!

LADIES ON TRACTORS
The fairer sex on their trusty steeds.

THE LAST WORD
Peter Love’s take on what’s been happening in the world of tractor preservation.

NEXT MONTH
Our plans for the May 2017 issue, on sale Thursday 13 April.

WORKSHOP

PREPARING FOR A ROAD RUN
The second feature, in this issue, dedicated to road runs sees T&M provide tips on how to get your tractor ready.

SINGLE-PLATE CLUTCH
Chris Jaworski and his team tackle a clutch replacement on a Massey Ferguson 575. Part two will follow in the May issue.

GETTING FAMILIAR
This DB 990 Implematic is pretty sound mechanically, but would benefit from a cosmetic overhaul.

MORE ABOUT THE E27N
Progress has been slow of late, so Andrew Hall decides to rectify the situation.

HELP
Got a question about your tractor? We’ll do our best to answer it.

THE LAST HURDLES
Kevin Reed pushes on with the long-running Doe 130 project.

NEW PRODUCTS
Items for your tractor and workshop.