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In this book avid combine harvester enthusiast Sue Morgan has formed a chronicle of combine photographs. She has been able to capture some of the older models still at work on camera as a record for future generations, together with information about the companies who made them. Pictures include MH 780s, which were once often seen two or three in a field in the 1960s to the 8-14ft cut 10 tonnes an hour models of the 1970s, to the lone giant 40ft cut harvesters of today with upwards of 80 tonnes an hour capacity working in fields of a hundred hectares or more in size. 160pp extensively illustrated in colour with photographs from the author's personal collection. Hardback. £22.95
THE MF 500 ERA THE TRACTOR, THE TIMES AND THEIR IMPLEMNENTS
- John FarnworLh
In this new book John Farnworth has concentrated on a very short and discrete range of now 'Classic' tractors. Relating them to the aspects of manufacture and the countries in which they were sold. In addition he has further developed the overall theme of the MF 500 era presenting an overview of the implements and harvesting machinery which was used with the tractors. Also included are general specifications of the range. The whole MF 500 era is further brought to life in a chapter in which MF employees have recounted their experiences. This book will be of great interest to MF enthusiasts generally, the 'Classic' Tractor movement and to anyone with a general interest in farm mechanisation. 272 pages, extensively illustrated throughout in black and white and colour. Hardback. £27.95
DVD: AGRICULTURE IN NORTH AMERICA Vol. 1
This DVD is your guide to the first part of an agricultural road trip through the vast expanses of • North America, from the Canadian city of Calgary HHIlltll II into northern Montana. On the way you are shown jj^j irjmm Albertan potato harvesting, silage production for a farm with 10,000 head of cattle. There is a visit to a 25.000 hectare farm and watch 8 John Deere combines at work in one field and the logistics involved in transporting the crop away. Numerous pictures show both modern agricultural technology and the impressive landscape of North America. Includes a full colour booklet that gives interesting background information about all aspects of the machinery in use. Running time 110 mins. DVD £19.99
DVD: AGRICULTURE IN NORTH AMERICA Vol. 2
Traveling through Canada we see stubble processing using the most modern implements and typical American giants such as Case IH Steiger. New Holland TJ and CAT Challenger tractors. Also visited is the biggest agricultural operation in Canada were we see 14 Case IH Axial-Flow combine harvesters working in one field on this mega farm to harvest barley. There are several extras on this DVD of big machinery at work including a large maize operation in Germany were five large tractors including a Xerion are used on the clamp. This is a truly an action packed DVD. Running Lime 90 mins. DVD £19.99
DVD: GRASSMEN - FULLA THE PIPE
Filmed during the 2010's first cut silage season in Northern Ireland you will be taken on a journey through some of the areas most spectacular countryside by three of the provinces largest contracting fleets. Filmed using unique camera angles ana with real time action the diversity of machinery shown will ensure that there is something to suit every tractor enthusiast. This true reality of silage contracting is shown with the weather inevitable breakdowns been just some of the challenges been faced. Running time 128mins £15.99
DVD: GRASSMEN - IT'S IN THE BLOOD
Follow Northern Irelands Orassmen as they battle with sodden ground, steep hills, narrow roads and tight yards to harvest thousands of acres of lush green silage. Includes interviews with three contractors from different locations in Ulster, in which they explain how they became Grassmen, and each talk about the current machinery i>j they use and their experiences, featuring R & G McKnight, E Gamble & Sons and Porter Contracts. Running time 63mins £15.99
DVD: STEELFAB OF CARDIFF SHAWNEE POOLE 1950'S & 60 S
New previously unseen sales films from the ISTEELFAB 1950's and 60's show the products of 1 Steelfab which originated in 1935 as Steel Fabrications of Birmingham. This Shawnee 1.-»; ' r| Poole DVD includes Introducing the '— ' . ¿ ¿Tra. ^ Shawnee Poole System, Shawnee Poole Pj serviceability promotional film and Shawnee Poole in earthmoving, plus extras of Shawnee Poole road testing, Shawnee Poole 16/20 dumper working, and Shawnee Poole dumper at the factory and in the development shop. Running time 81 mins. DVD £ 15.95
DVD: STEELFAB INDUSTRIAL EQUIPMENT
In the second DVD films include Introducing Steelfab 160/180 backhoe loader ? The 160/180 was many years ahead of its time but there was an early history of problems with the Fordson Dexta power units which was not strong enough. Also included is the Power X materials handling sales video and extras - Inside the design office and Prototype Power X system and Power X on the test rig.
Running time 72 mins. DVD £ 15.95
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