Synopses & Reviews
At last in paperback, here is the biggest, best, and most complete history of classic farm tractors. All North American models make their appearance—from John Deere and Farmall to fascinating “orphans” like the Iron Mule, from the late 1800s steamers through the high-powered workhorses of the 1970s. In addition to high-detail large-format photography, the volume includes 100 color and black-and-white archival photos, advertising posters, and brochures. The result is an unparalleled look at the icon of American agriculture.
“Sander’s work . . . comes close to earning the elusive label of ‘definitive.’ This large-format, beautifully photographed book is perfect for general browsing. . . . An excellent book for those who know that tractors embody more than metal.”
— Farm Industry News
“If you enjoy learning about the rich history of tractors, this book is for you . . . Besides its in-depth look at some of the rarest tractors ever made, the book also features more than 400 photos.” — FFA New Horizons
Omaha World Herald, Nov. 21, 2007 (circ.: 184,100)
“Tractor lovers will appreciate the photography and the nuts and bolts information on each tractor.”'
A triumph for dedicated owners and an inspiration for restorers everywhere. Well done to Ralph W. Sanders for this remarkable and classic compendium. Tractor and Machinery (UK), December 2009
The biggest, best, and most complete history of classic farm tractors, with great pictures of all North American models from John Deere to fascinating "orphans" like the Iron Mule.
An affordable paperback of the biggest, best, and most complete history of classic farm tractors, with great pictures of all North American models.
The Farm Tractor: 100 Years of North American Tractorsis a 384-page celebration of the iron powerhouses that revolutionized agriculture. This is the biggest, best, and most complete history ever of classic farm tractors!
Farmer favorites like the groundbreaking Fordson, International Farmall, John Deere A & B models, Allis-Chalmers U, and Caterpillar tracklayers are all gloriously presented with more than 400 stunning photographs.
Author, photographer, and tractor fan Ralph W. Sanders not only highlights every nut and bolt of these machines in his images, but he also details their development, innovative features, and horsepower capabilities.
This book features all the models that cultivated America’s fields in the twentieth century—from the Samson Iron Horse and Bates Steel Mule to the Oliver 70 HC and Big Bud 16V-747, from the 1800s steamers to the high-powered diesel workhorses of the 1970s. Along with company brochures and advertisements, The Farm Tractor is an unparalleled look at American agriculture.
About the Author
Photographer-author Ralph W. Sanders has photographed tractors for more than 40 years. Ralph grew up on an Illinois farm where he had ample opportunity to "exercise" a 1933 Farmall F-12 and 1948 Farmall C, as well as a Farmall H, Farmall MD, and McCormick W-6. He has worked for Prairie Farmer; Successful Farming; and as a full-time freelance agricultural photographer for Deere and Co., Massey-Ferguson, Kinze Mfg., Vermeer Mfg., DuPont Ag, Monsanto Ag, and others. Sanders is the author of several books from Voyageur Press. He lives in West Des Moines, Iowa.Bob Feller is a baseball hall of famer and vintage tractor collector.