Old agricultural merchants


when a young un I spent hours on : the new comfort seat : and it wasnt
I did a great many hours on a 56 Major, no live hydraulics, pto and I guess it didn't have the comfort seat. Hinged pan seat with a large chunk of rubber it rested on. With a thick hessian sack on the seat, I didn't think it was bad. Possibly better than the new comfort seat, whatever that was. Certainly a tractor I enjoyed driving at the time.


Farmers Weekly machinery adverts July 1958. I remember Dad always used to look at Does Column & Saville's List!
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FH Burgess were huge around here , excellent to deal with until the 90's when it started to go pear shaped .

They didn't upgrade to the newer technology and therefore got left behind .

All their outlets were in market town centres which made them extremely valuable .

A disgrace the company were put in to administration whilst the owners kept the freeholds and sold them off one by one

Eccleshall made £7m alone
The owners sold off the old branches so they could put the money into the pension fund and support their enormous group of ex employees with pensions. When the company went into administration that was their strategy to save the pension fund.

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Written by Charlotte Cunningham from CPM Magazine

JCB has launched new Fastrac 4000 and 8000 Series tractors with an all-new electronics infrastructure which is claimed to deliver higher levels of performance. According to JCB, the new Fastrac iCon operator environment has three key features: iConfigure – creating a bespoke control experience for every operator iConnect – integrating advanced precision agriculture technology iControl – redefining operation through new driveline software The 175hp to 348hp (133kW to 260kW) Fastracs feature the new iCon armrest console and touch-screen display to provide flexibility in operator allocation and operator information, as well as a new transmission control strategy to enhance operator comfort and powertrain efficiency, says the manufacturer...