Two new books for tractor enthusiasts

Guides make excellent gifts for the holiday season

Two new books for tractor enthusiasts

Two new tractor guides are available for the holiday season. The Field Guide to Classic Farm Tractors, Expanded Edition and The Complete Book of Farmall Tractors: Every Model 1923-1973 were both written by well-known tractor historian Robert N. Pripps, who has authored dozens of farm tractor books.

The Field Guide to Classic Farm Tractors, Expanded Edition, features more than 400 models from 1900 to 1990 from the United States, Canada and Europe, including all the legends enthusiasts remember, plus a few rarities.

The photo-filled collection features landmark models from all major marques, including Allis-Chalmers, Case, Caterpillar, John Deer, Ford, International Harvester and Farmall. Smaller brands are also included such as Advance-Rumely, Cockshutt, Eagle, Fate-Root-Heath, Ferguson, Hart-Parr, Minneapolis-Moline and Oliver. Each model description is accompanied by spec charts with details such as revolutions per minute, horsepower, maximum speed, weight and more.

The Complete Book of Farmall Tractors: Every Model 1923-1973 is the complete reference for the legendary red machines. The book details the complete evolution of the popular marque’s iconic models including 250 colour and black and white images. The guide includes series evolution, historical context and technical details, accompanied by contemporary and historic images.

In this book, Pripps explores the entire range of Farmall tractors, from their inception to their final model year in 1973. He includes all models, from diesel and LPG versions to orchard tractors. Pripps also explains the evolution of Farmall lines and gives coverage to the entry-market Cub unveiled in 1947, as well as the Hundred series, right up to the cancellation of the Farmall name in 1973. The book’s content is organized chronologically and focuses on Farmall’s long history and evolution. Spec tables highlight key technical and performance specifications.

Both books were published in 2020 and are available at and The Field Guide to Classic Farm Tractors, Expanded Edition is 256 pages and costs around $45 for the hardcover format. The Complete Book of Farmall Tractors: Every Model 1923-1973 can be found in the hardcover format at $57 and is 192 pages in length.

This has to be the best way to get your daily dose of iron.

About the author


Kari Belanger

Kari Belanger has been a writer and editor since graduating from the University of Calgary with a B.Sc. in Biology and a BA in English Literature in 1996. For more than twenty years, she has worked in many different industries and media, including newspapers and trade publications. For the past decade she has worked exclusively in the agriculture industry, leading a number of publications as editor. Kari has a particular passion for grower-focused publications and a deep respect for Canadian farmers and the work they do. Her keen interest in agronomy and love of writing have led to her long-term commitment to support, strengthen and participate in the industry.



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