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Tractor & Machinery September 2016

The September issue of Tractor & Machinery is available now. With harvest upon us, safety should be at the top of the priority list. Bernard Holloway raises some of the key points. Pick up your copy today

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Ground-breaking tractors
FASTRAC – FOR FIELD, TRACK AND TARMAC
There aren’t many modern agricultural machines that can be considered ‘revolutionary’, but we think it accurately describes the Fastrac. It may not be to everyone’s taste, but it changed the way we think about tractors.

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.

BRUTE FORCE
Bob Weir visits Charlie McCririck – a man with a passion for tractors, particularly Fords and derivatives.

ANOTHER WAY THAN ESSEX?
Why does a staunch Ford fan love his David Brown so much? Gary Hawkins finds out.

SAFETY FIRST
With harvest upon us, safety should be at the top of the priority list. Bernard Holloway raises some of the key points.

MODEL CORNER
The latest releases from Universal Hobbies.

THE QUARRYMAN’S FRIEND
Unless you’re in France, spotting a Ford 7910 is not easy – so imagine Chris McCullough’s surprise when he found one at work outside agriculture.

POSTBAG
The section where you have your say.

Ground-breaking tractors
THE THREE-GRAND GAMBLE
Massey Ferguson set the bar high when it launched the 3000 Series – with a host of innovative features that changed tractor technology forever.

Buyers’ guide
A REVOLUTIONARY RANGE
If you’ve read Alan Barnes’ piece on the introduction of the MF 3000 Series and think one of the models in the range would suit you, here’s some pointers of which you might, or might not, be aware.

A NEUSS STORY
German build quality with a synchro ’box and enviable reliability? No, we’ve already featured a 956XL – this time it’s a 533.

Farming diary
RELIABILITY IS EVERYTHING
An Ursus might not be everyone’s first choice, but Brian Bevin considers his purchase of such a tractor was one of the best decisions he’s ever made.

CENTRESPREAD
JCB delved into the archives to find us another great-quality shot of one of the two Fastrac launch models. The rolling British countryside and a 145 Turbo – pure pleasure!

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

Implement manufacturers
LELY
Mike Williams swaps the flat fields of East Anglia for the flat fields of Holland, as he traces the history of another implement manufacturer.

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

OUT & ABOUT
We head to the top of the British Isles (there’s a clue!) to bring you something a little different.

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

THE HORTICULTURIST’S COLUMN
Peter Love, as always, has it covered.

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

SUBSCRIBE
Be sure to take advantage of our special subscriptions offer.

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 October 2016 issue, on sale Friday 2 September.

 

WORKSHOP

WIRING WOES
Fresh from servicing the Case IH 885XL, Chris Jaworski’s back with the tractor to attack some electrical gremlins.

HELP
Your questions answered.

NEW PRODUCTS
Items for your tractor and workshop.

‘BITS & PIECES’
With an extensive fleet, Andrew Hall finds that there’s always a job to do.

FINISHING TOUCHES
Kevin Reed continues his journey to bring new life to a Doe 130.

MOWER MISERIES
In the second and final part of this series, it’s a case of ‘you win some, you lose some’.

FUEL SYSTEM FIASCO
The Massey Ferguson 135 is usually a very reliable tractor, so what do you look for when it stops suddenly?

PROJECT P6
Part seven in the series sees Melvin Broughton overcome a few issues in his quest to convert his E27N to Perkins power.