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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Chartwell Books (9 Jun. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785825258
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785825258
  • Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 20.8 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,089,701 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Peter Henshaw is a photo-journalist and transport writer and editor who has enjoyed a life-long interest in tractors.. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Robin Benson TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 6 April 2003
Format: Paperback
Look through the five hundred photos in this book and be amazed at how such a simple vehicle has developed over the last hundred years. Early petrol tractors were cumbersome and heavy, the makers assumed that they would replace the cumbersome and heavy steam tractors, they should have done some market research (probably unheard of at the turn of the last century) because farmers wanted small vehicles and it took until 1912 before they got what they wanted. The machines slowly evolved to suit agricultural needs, getting more and more powerful (and once again heavier) until today when the agri business uses huge diesel units with twelve tires (to spread the weight) strangely it was not until the 70s that the makers thought the driver might like a cab to protect him from the elements.

This paperback (at amazing value for the price) covers the history of the American tractor with excellent colour pictures of the various makes. The photos are mostly three-quarter or side views of the complete unit, with many close-ups of a logo or engine, they all have technically detailed captions. I thought the quality of the photos was very impressive which was the main reason I bought the book. The older models are covered by contemporary photos rather than illustrations from period ads, these machines have all been carefully restored to 'like new' by collectors.

Between the pages showing historical development there are plenty of spreads called 'Classic Profile' where famous models are covered in more photographic and spec detail. My favorite is the Raymond Lowey designed 1947 Farmall H from International Harvester. Was it the world's first streamlined tractor? It must have got something right because IH shifted 390,317 units at $962 each. If you want some good historical visual reference to tractors get this well designed and printed paperback, at a bargain price too.
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A tractor bargain. 6 April 2003
By Robin Benson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Look through the five hundred photos in this book and be amazed at how such a simple vehicle has developed over the last hundred years. Early gasoline tractors were cumbersome and heavy, the makers assumed that they would replace the cumbersome and heavy steam tractors, they should have done some market research (probably unheard of at the turn of the last century) because farmers wanted small vehicles and it took until 1912 before they got what they wanted. The machines slowly evolved to suit agricultural needs, getting more and more powerful (and once again heavier) until today when the agri business uses huge diesel units with twelve tires (to spread the weight) strangely it was not until the 70s that the makers thought the driver might like a cab to protect him from the elements.
This paperback (at amazing value for the price) covers the history of the American tractor with excellent color pictures of the various makes. The photos are mostly three-quarter or side views of the complete unit, with many close-ups of a logo or engine, they all have technically detailed captions. I thought the quality of the photos was very impressive which was the main reason I bought the book. The older models are covered by contemporary photos rather than illustrations from period ads, these machines have all been carefully restored to 'like new' by collectors.
Between the pages showing historical development there are plenty of spreads called 'Classic Profile' where famous models are covered in more photographic and spec detail. My favorite is the Raymond Lowey designed 1947 Farmall H from International Harvester. Was it the world's first streamlined tractor? It must have got something right because IH shifted 390,317 units at $962 each. If you want some good historical visual reference to tractors get this well designed and printed paperback, at a bargain price too.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Great Pictures 4 Dec. 2008
By cak822 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I was very impressed with this book. The pictures are great and so is the information. I actually bought two of these books, one for each of my grandfathers. When I gave it to my dad to look over, he didn't want to give it back. I'll have to remember it for him next year. I know my grandfathers will love it.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Good, but also very americanized 7 Jun. 2011
By Dalton C. Rocha - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I read this good book, here in Brazil. I'm an agronomist and I like to read books.
Five great things of this book:
1-This book has hundreds of photos. Almost all with colour and with great quality. In fact, about 60% of this book are its photos. The paper has also excellent quality.
2-There's many informations about many dozens of tractors brands. More than thirty of these, I didn't knew nothing. Please, I'm an agronomist, not a dummy about tractors, but I learned about many tractors that I didn't knew nothing before to read this book.
3-This book is very easy to read and understand.
4-There's enough space for the Fordson tractor. This was the most important tractor of all times.
5-East European brands, such as Ursus and Zetor are well covered in this book. The Ursus Factory is a Polish producer of tractors located in Warsaw, Poland. Zetor is a tractor industry from the Czech Republic,

Some problems of this book:
1-This book has letters with small size.
2-This book is more than 95% about American and European tractors. In fact, American tractors have about 80% of this book. This book is very americanized.
3-This book has too litle space for the Soviet/Belarusian brand Belarus; just one page and and a half page. About the biggest Indian tractors brands, Mahindra, there's nothing. Brazil and Argentina have place in this book only when talking about international brands of tractors, such as Valmet and Deutz. There's nothing about tractors made in China, Mexico, South Africa and Indonesia.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
The Ultimate Guide to Tractors 8 Jan. 2011
By Ralph Veldboom - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I like the contents of the book. The variety of tractors is excellent. The photos are beautiful. My book was published in 2006 and I am disappointed with the readibility of the font used for the text. It seems that larger font with less space between the lines would be easier for older eyes to read.
Ultimate Guide to Tractors 4 Dec. 2012
By Shaun - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I ordered this for a friend who is into tractors so I didn't get a chance to really look at it very much, but it is loaded with color pictures of tractors. My friend who got it said he really likes the book. If I remember there wasn't a lot of tech info with the picture of the tractor more of a basic description. He got it for memories of tractors he would have used to work with. I think most people would enjoy this book. One of the better ones out there.
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