Massey Ferguson is celebrating the 70th anniversary of the start of production of its famous Ferguson TE20 tractor.
On July 6 , 1946, the first “Little Grey Fergie” rolled off the assembly line in Coventry.
The tractor was the brainchild of engineer and inventor Harry Ferguson, one of the founders of the present-day Massey Ferguson.
Key to the global success of the tractor was its three-point linkage implement attachment system, controlled by the tractor’s hydraulics.
This effectively turned the tractor and implement into a single working unit, replacing the previous cumbersome trailed method of implement operation.
Acclaimed as one of the most important engineering developments of the 20th century, the system produced major advances in the efficiency of food production.
It achieved Harry Ferguson’s lifelong ambition of helping farmers affordably mechanise crop production, to better and more economically feed the world.
Rated at only 20 horsepower, the TE20 (the acronym stands for Tractor England) was incredibly light and small, yet it easily outperformed much bigger units, and at much lower running costs.
More than 500,000 of these tractors were built at the Coventry plant up to 1956. A large number of them are still at work on farms, and they are prized collectors’ items.
Now, Massey Ferguson is a global farm machinery brand producing a wide range of tractors, harvesting equipment, and agricultural implements in 140 countries
The Ferguson TE20’s 70th anniversary inspired the current Tractors — From Factory to Field exhibition at Coventry Transport Museum.
A key event this weekend will be ‘70 Tractors for 70 Years’, a spectacular parade of Massey Ferguson and Ferguson tractors through Coventry on Saturday.
Tractors for the parade are brought together by the Friends of Ferguson Heritage Club, and include vintage and veteran models, and some of the very latest Massey Ferguson tractors.
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