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Tractor & Machinery March 2017

The March issue of Tractor & Machinery is available now and we look at the best buys of the ’70s. The 1970s was a decade packed with decent tractors for sale, but which of those represents a sound purchase today? Pick up your copy today…

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Contents

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POWERHOUSES FROM THE PAST
David Laley has a brief history of the relationship between Ford and Steiger and takes a look at some working examples of the companies’ association.

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.

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SIMPLE, BUT SOLID!
If the sight of classic articulated tractors working hard has you salivating, have you ever thought of buying one? Our buyers’ guide tells you what to expect.

GREEN & YELLOW… AND WHITE!
With the first snow of winter already experienced by some, Tom Collins meets a man that chooses to use a 40 year-old combo to move the white stuff in style.

Best buys of the ’70s
MAKING A PURCHASE
The 1970s was a decade packed with decent tractors for sale, but which of those represents a sound purchase today? We suggest some options for the discerning buyer.

Best buys of the ’70s
SUPER SUPER-SPEC
The Massey Ferguson 168 may not have featured in our list of potential purchases, but it’s still a worthy contender for a 1970s’ sensation.

Best buys of the ’70s
IRISH COUNTY INTEREST
Let’s face it, any County tractor can represent a good buy at the right price, but We meet a man that decided an 1164 was his model of choice.

Best buys of the ’70s
INTERNATIONAL RESCUE!
Launched at the beginning of the decade, IH’s World Wide Series was critically acclaimed – but what’s it like buying one today?

POSTBAG
The section where you have your say.

A NEW LIFE
You don’t see many classic Sames in Great Britain, yet alone restored examples. Chris McCullough talks to a family that use one as part of their business.

MODEL CORNER
A trio of new releases for you – with one in particular that we like very much!

Health & safety
TRANSPORTING PASSENGERS
In the seventh part of Bernard Holloway’s informative series he looks at the matter of using a trailer to transport passengers.

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

CENTRESPREAD
Is there a better sight than two leviathans of the land hard at work?

WATERLOO’S WORKHORSE
The concept of ‘cheap power’ is an interesting one – is there such a thing? Howard Sherren believes JD’s 55 Series fits the bill nicely.

Farming diary
LET IT SNOW!
Brian Bevin’s musings continue to educate and entertain.

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

Veteran & vintage scene
HART-PARR JOINS COLLECTION
Peter Love has the first of a two-part story on an interesting restoration.

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

WHAT’S ON
There’s always plenty happening. Find out about it here.

The Horticulturists’ column
PROFILE: DARREN PORTSMOUTH
With his stand-out machines and thoughtful displays, Darren Portsmouth is Peter Love’s ‘target’ for this issue!

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 Spring 2017 issue, on sale Friday 17 February.

WORKSHOP

PLAY TIME’S OVER
In the final part of this mini series, a tired steering box comes under Andrew Hall’s scrutinising eye.

NEW PRODUCTS
Items for your tractor and workshop.

KEEPING IT ORIGINAL
An ignition switch may seem insignificant, but if originality is your goal, every little helps!

PREP & PAINT
If you’re in the midst of preparing for show season, Chris Jaworski’s offering may be of assistance.

FITTING THE VAPORISER
The Fordson’s engine starts to look like it should.

PROJECT P6
The mudguards are back and the engine runs for the first time!

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