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Tractor & Machinery May 2017

The May issue of Tractor & Machinery is available now and we have some suggestions for restoring your first tractor. Plus, restoring a classic doesn’t have to be expensive, as Peter Love discovers when he meets Richard Head.

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Contents

Beginners’ classics
BEGINNERS’ CLASSICS
Choosing your first tractor is largely down to personal preference, but our suggestions should provide food for thought, if nothing else!

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.

Beginners’ classics
OFTEN OVERLOOKED
It’s usually the larger Leyland models that take the plaudits, but we think the pint-sized 154 has a lot to offer.

Beginners’ classics
IN THE RED
Duncan Nisbet picked a David Brown 990 Implematic as his first classic restoration project and judging by the result, he chose wisely!

Beginners’ classics
ENTER THE LEGEND
The Massey Ferguson 135 is an extremely popular tractor, but it was arguably the 35X that paved the way for its success. Plus, if the 135’s square lines aren’t for you, the 35X’s curves might appeal.

POSTBAG
The section where you have your say.

Beginners’ classics
Our opening feature in this section suggests the 434 as the Bradford-built International to buy, but there are many more to consider.

ACROSS THE POND
Last year, Peter Love took a party to Canada and North America – here’s what they found.

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

RELIABLE SERVICE
Mechanical front-wheel drive John Deere models have become a talking point in recent issues, but here’s a Deere with ‘hydraulic front-wheel assist’.

CHANGING TIMES
Gary Hawkins talks to Dave Gunn about contracting – then and now.

CENTRESPREAD
What a tractor! That’s all we’ll say.

Health & safety
THE FINAL WORD
In the final part of his informative series, Bernard Holloway concludes his findings.

MODEL CORNER
Harry Bell shows what the Italians have to offer.

IN THE ‘Q’
Restoring a classic doesn’t have to be expensive, as Peter Love discovers when he meets Richard Head.

Veteran & vintage scene
OLDEST KNOW JOHN DEERE D
A special tractor comes up for auction on 22 April.

BALDWIN’S A-Z
After a colossal run, Nick Baldwin’s alphabetical guide concludes.

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

The Horticulturists’ column
THE AMERCIAN SCENE
The editor-at-large finds that things are done differently on the other side of the Atlantic.

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 June 2017 issue, on sale Friday 12 May.

WORKSHOP

AGAINST THE GRAIN
Part one of this mini series sees a Ferguson Cordwood Saw being resurrected.

SINGLE-PLATE CLUTCH
The final part of this feature sees Chris and the team complete the clutch replacement on a Massey Ferguson 575.

BATTLING THE RUST
Some parts of this DB 990 Implematic are, it seems, long gone.

SOON TO RUN AGAIN
Andrew Hall’s E27N is starting to take shape.

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

UNDER PRESSURE
Kevin Reed pipes the assistor rams on the Doe 130.

NEW PRODUCTS
Items for your tractor and workshop.