• STRAIGHT FROM THE HORSE'S MOUTH: THE WHEEL HORSE STORY

    From the very beginning, Cecil Pond worked with his father, Elmer on the development of what became known as the Wheel Horse tractor. Unlike many enterprises begun in a family garage, the development of their tractor revolutionized the care of America's fast-growing postwar suburban lawns. Here was a tractor far from the farm, which delighted its user while easing his maintenance chores. Today, the Wheel Horse tractor is a prized collectible in addition to being a useful and necessary piece of equipment.

    Straight from the Horse's Mouth: The Wheel Horse Story reveals the fascinating history of the beginning of the Wheel Horse and its influence on the American lawn. Full of beautiful, color photographs on crisp, glossy pages, it tells the story of this classic machine, complete with vintage advertisements, personal memorabilia, and even an accompanying DVD. This final edition of Straight from the Horse's Mouth is perfect for vintage tractor buffs or any historian.

    Order while you can! When this final edition complete with DVD is gone, it's gone!

    Item: 9375

    Author: MICHAEL A. MARTINO

    Format: Paperback

  • ALEXANDER BOTTS AND THE EARTHWORM TRACTOR: BOTTS BREAKS HOLLYWOOD

    The Golden Age of Hollywood was at its height in the 1930s and the world’s best tractor salesman was captivated by the glitz and glamour. In Botts Breaks Hollywood, the third installment of the Alexander Botts and the Earthworm Tractor series, the saga continues for our hero who, always ahead of his time, sees filmmaking as the future of tractor sales. In this collection of humorous short stories, Botts earns a promotion and is eager to share his enthusiasm for crawler tractors on the silver screen where his outrageous antics and blunders collide to capture the perfect shot!

    Alexander Botts was created in 1927 by author William Hazlett Upson, and the stories are based on Upson’s work as a factory assembler and sales demonstrator for the Caterpillar Tractor Company. For almost half a century, Botts was beloved by The Saturday Evening Post readers in more than 100 short stories. This book includes the original illustrations that appeared with the stories and is part of a series that will be the first to present the collection in its entirety.

    Item: 11286

    Author: WILLIAM HAZLETT UPSON

    Format: Paperback

  • AN ILLUSTRATED HISTORY OF TRACTORS & FARM MACHINERY

    The history of the tractor is one of rapid development, from the turn of the 20th century when it was a substitute for the horse, to today’s sophisticated machines which boast a range of technologically advanced equipment. This fact-packed encyclopedia charts this exceptional history, the machines and their manufacturers. Each vehicle is illustrated with archive material or photography, together with specification boxes detailing engine capacity, power, transmission and weight. Including an international overview of farm machinery around the world, this volume forms a highly comprehensive tractor encyclopedia that all enthusiasts will want to own

    Item: 11215

    Author: John Carroll

    Format: Hardcover

  • AUSTIN TRACTORS

    Like Henry Ford, Herbert Austin had farming roots. Both brought motoring to the masses and both attempted to take the physical drudgery out of farming by introducing mechanisation. Austin imported American machines in the First World War and heard about the revolutionary new Fordson. His take on the new rigid, frameless technology was the 1919 Austin R, built at his Birmingham car factory. The inexorable reduction of the price of Fordsons saw Austin move his tractors to the more protected French market, where they soon challenged Renault’s dominance. A former leather works with farming estate at Liancourt, near Paris, became exclusive home to Austin’s tractors, and diesel technology was adopted there long before it was introduced at Austin in England. The Second World War saw Liancourt producing German military vehicles and the imprisonment and in some cases execution of the Austin management. The dreadful conditions at Liancourt were highlighted at the Nuremberg Trials. Afterwards, there was a brave attempt to revive the French tractors and British Austin engines were used in Bristol crawlers. This book tells the fascinating and largely untold story of the tractors made by one of Britain’s biggest car makers, and also looks other uses of Austin engines in the Austin Champ and Gipsy.

    Item: 10909

    Author: Nick Baldwin

    Format: Paperback

  • BOTTS AND THE QUEEN OF THE NORTH

    In Queen of the North, the fourth installment of the Alexander Botts and the Earthworm Tractor series, the saga continues for our hero. He tackles a variety of tricky sales situations, including promising a demonstration of a new, high-speed tractor that was not yet in existence.

    Unwilling to backpedal on a promise, he outfits a sturdy Earthworm tractor with an aviation motor and creates a beast equipped to conquer Canada’s deep snow and steep mountains. In this collection of humorous short stories, Botts again faces seemingly insurmountable obstacles, hostile management, and hirings and firings. Can he manage to pull it together to save the day?

    Alexander Botts was created in 1927 by author William Hazlett Upson. The stories are based on Upson’s work as a service mechanic and troubleshooter for the Caterpillar Tractor Company. For almost half a century, Botts was beloved by Saturday Evening Post readers in more than 100 short stories. This book features the original illustrations that appeared with the stories and is part of a series that will be the first to present the collection in its entirety.</p

    Item: 11735

    Author: WILLIAM HAZLETT UPSON

    Format: Paperback

  • BOTTS BOOK SET

    Get all of Alexander Botts’ adventures now in one easy to order bundle!

    Alexander Botts was created in 1927 by author William Hazlett Upson, and the stories are based on Upson’s work as a factory assembler and sales demonstrator for the Caterpillar Tractor Company. For almost half a century, Botts was beloved by The Saturday Evening Post readers in more than 100 short stories. These books include the original illustrations that appeared with the stories and is part of a series that will be the first to present the collection in its entirety.

    Alexander Botts and his Earthworm Tractor will charm readers young and old and entertain with innocent mayhem, timeless humor, and twists of fate.

    This set includes:

    Botts Begin

    Welcome to the world of Alexander Botts and Earthworm Tractors, a series of humorous short stories about a bumbling salesman’s trial and tribulations selling crawler tractors. His unusual sales tactics send the machines through impervious swamps, murky lakes, and high snowbanks. His schemes consistently backfire but, in the end, he never fails to close the deal! In this book, Botts talks his way into a job selling Earthworm Tractors for The Farmers’ Friend Tractor Company.

    This book is the first in a series and will be the only publication to present the collection in its entirety, including five Botts stories that never appeared in the Saturday Evening Post.

    Botts Abroad

    The world’s best tractor salesman is back in this second installment of Alexander Botts and the Earthworm Tractor. In this series of humorous short stories, Botts and his new bride travel to Europe on a special assignment to bring the solid, American-made machines to the Old World! Nicknamed “Gadget” because of her usefulness, Mrs. Botts proves to be as resourceful as her husband in cleverly closing deals in ancient cities previously thought to have no market for crawler tractors.

    Botts Breaks Hollywood

    The Golden Age of Hollywood was at its height in the 1930s and the world’s best tractor salesman was captivated by the glitz and glamour. In Botts Breaks Hollywood, the third installment of the Alexander Botts and the Earthworm Tractor series, the saga continues for our hero who, always ahead of his time, sees filmmaking as the future of tractor sales. In this collection of humorous short stories, Botts earns a promotion and is eager to share his enthusiasm for crawler tractors on the silver screen where his outrageous antics and blunders collide to capture the perfect shot!

    Item: 11304
  • CATERPILLAR COLORING BOOK

    Color your way through Caterpillar product history with 36 beautiful drawings of your favorite machines. Pulled from archival materials and design concepts of real and imagined machines, this coloring book traces the evolution of early, powerful crawlers to futuristic earthmovers invented to shape the landscape of this planet and beyond

    Item: 11303

    Format: Paperback

  • CLASSIC OLIVER TRACTORS

    Classic Oliver Tractors chronicles this historic agricultural brand from when James Oliver bought a quarter-share of the South Bend Foundry in 1855 to when the last Oliver-branded tractor rolled off the assembly line in 1976. The Oliver Corporation’s roots run deep in the agricultural industry. This once small company started with a young man and an idea that would lighten the load of the farmer. Through the years the company grew and acquired other companies with the same philosophy until nearly a dozen companies operating under the Oliver flag became a strong force in the farm market.

    This new account of Oliver’s history includes its industrial and crawler tractors, implements, international ventures, and the various products that carried the Oliver badge. Vintage advertisements, brochures, and both color and black-and-white photos (alongside contemporary color images) illustrate this compelling part of agriculture’s history.

    Item: 9311

    Author: Sherry Schaefer

    Format: Paperback

  • DRIVING MY TRACTOR

    This colorful book combines simple counting instruction with humor, repetition, and rhythm to encourage learning fun. Includes educational endnotes on the different machines farmers use and the crops they grow!

    Item: 11364

    Author: Jan Dobbins

    Format: Paperback

  • EARLY FARM TRACTORS: A HISTORY IN ADVERTISING LINE ART

    Providing an interesting glimpse into the steam traction engines and internal combustion tractors that revolutionized the world of farming, this collection focuses on American tractors from the late 1850s to the beginning of the Great Depression. With farm journal advertisements -- dating from 1909 through 1929 -- this account considers how something as ordinary and utilitarian as a tractor seems to have inherent standards of good design, correct proportion, and beauty. Intended for tractor enthusiasts, historians, artists, illustrators, students of industrial design, and graphic art lovers, this fascinating book recounts an important piece of history.

    Item: 6914

    Author: Jim Harter

    Format: Paperback

  • EVOLUTION OF A TRACTOR

    Original reminiscences of IHC executives from April 1920. Includes factory photos not published elsewhere, plus manuscript and illustrations from collector Leroy Baumgardner Jr. Softcover, 64 pages, illustrations.

    Item: 1042

    Format:

  • FARM MACHINERY, 6TH EDITION

    Farm Machinery is the definitive book on the current theory and practice of farm mechanization for students and farmers. First published in 1979, this new sixth edition incorporates much new text and 280 new color photographs illustrating the steady flow of developments in farm mechanization that have taken place over the past decade. 

    Recent advances in computer technology and satellite field mapping are included. New content enriches the earlier material dealing with the working principles and operation of the vast array of the somewhat less sophisticated farm tractors and machines still in use on British farms.

    Chapters discuss tractors, cultivation and drilling equipment, crop care, and harvest machinery. Further chapters deal with farmyard and estate maintenance equipment, mechanical handlers, dairy equipment, irrigation farm power, and the farm workshop. References are made to the UK Health & Safety at Work Act and other safety regulations.

    These summarise their main requirements, but they should only be taken as a guide. Brian Bell has had a long involvement with farm machinery that started with an apprenticeship in a tractor dealership. After a teaching career on farm machinery at Otley College in Suffolk, he retired as Vice Principal in 1993 when he was awarded the MBE for services to agriculture. Brian Bell has written several books and made seventeen DVDs on modern and vintage tractors and machinery.

    Item: 11627

    Author: Brian Bell

    Format: Hardcover

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