The first farm tractor arrived in New Zealand in May 1904 but it was decades before farmers finally retired their horses and accepted that the machines were there to stay. The story of the evolution of this essential part of the country’s history is told, starting with the first primitive single cylinder engines and continuing to today’ sophisticated workhorses. With no tractor manufacturing industry in the country, tractors have been imported from around the world. From the American Kinnard Haines Flour City and British Ivel machines to modern day marvels, tractors of all colours and sizes have been imported into New Zealand. This is not only the history of farming in New Zealand but also of the social and economic ups and downs.
- 304 pages
- Illustrated with many colour photographs
- Softback book