With epic scenes of dust, diesel and clanking tracks from the outset this unique series is not to be missed by any enthusiast of pure horsepower.
Filmed over the past 10 years, Steel Tracks at Work focusses on steel-track crawlers still hard at work on British farms throughout the seasons. For many years steeltracks were a popular choice for primary cultivations. Although their popularity declined following the rise of four-wheel drive and rubbertracks, they still offer some unique advantages and particularly excel at mole draining and top work.
More than 55 crawlers feature over the two programmes, with examples from Caterpillar, Track Marshall, Fiat, International, New Holland, Fowler, Massey Ferguson, Belarus, County and Scaip. Large and small models are all shown, with power outputs ranging from 50hp to 350hp. Almost 75 years separates the oldest, a 1941 Caterpillar D2, to the youngest, the 2015 Scaip Warrior. There are also a good number of classic implements shown, with many Dowdeswell DP1 ploughs in particular in sizes from 4 to 8 furrows.
The DVDs are structured in seasonal order:
Part One covers from January to August beginning with spring seedbed preparations and drilling through to the first stubble cultivations.
Part Two covers from August to December from parimary cultivations through to seedbed preparations, drilling, rolling and later winter ploughing for spring cropping.
- Running time Part One 98 mins
- Running time Part Two 100 mins
- PAL DVD