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Private tractor and steam gathering.

Posted: Fri Apr 12, 2013 4:40 pm
by Merlin
Myself and a lot of friends have a yearly weekend long party usually around the Easter bank holiday weekend.The whole point is a fun working weekend, anything painted and looking shiny new would be a little out of place here. All of this takes place on the edge of Exmoor on the Somerset border Enjoy.


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As it was so cold this year we built a barn wood burner, I re-enforced the door with a wheel brace, then welded the shape of a scull above it.

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We tend to spend the evenings in the barn drinking beer and watching films with our mini cinema.

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The barn is lit by a 1912 Hornsby hot bulb engine running a 110V DC generator. This isn't a small engine, it has twin 4 foot flywheels.


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My little 30D was on saw bench duty all weekend. We had a two trailer loads of pallets and sawmill off cuts arrive. To keep the barn warm we were burning two dumpy bags of wood a night.

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This is the standard transport to the pub.

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Being towed by my mates Allchin

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The ladies tractor, points for guessing the make!

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The two man chainsaw usually makes an appearance at some point, we have some worth while sized logs for it now.

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The out door lighting set was assembled next to the saw bench. This huge engine is a 6hp Pool oil engine with a Siemens 50V generator.

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The sun even came out for us on Sunday

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The Marshals, both mechanicaly restored but never to be painted.

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The Landini L25, love that tractor and so much easier to start than a Field Marshal, faster on the road too. If only Marshal had not tried to improve on the Lanz design they copied!

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A 1212 and under the sheet a Cropmaster

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This is the Nuffield that delivered all the wood.


Cheers
Nath

Posted: Fri Apr 12, 2013 6:12 pm
by Scooby
Nath, that was wonderful. Thank you for putting all the photos. up. And thank goodness there are still people around who don't entirely conform. I like it. :lol: :lol: :lol:

Posted: Fri Apr 12, 2013 7:46 pm
by richbug
I love it. I think you would fit in very well here.

Posted: Fri Apr 12, 2013 8:06 pm
by oily
that looks aright do nothing to serious apart from the drinking sounds like my sort of do

Posted: Fri Apr 12, 2013 8:57 pm
by odin
Yes I enjoyed all that. The old green one has a Zetor look about it. A horsey stable who we supply conventional bales to has a very similar looking Zetor with a front loader.
Being a 'Reg-Plate' spotter, YD is the old Zummerset plate ?

Posted: Fri Apr 12, 2013 10:18 pm
by tomwill
Great stuff Nath i would love to have been there,TomWill AUST

Posted: Fri Apr 12, 2013 11:22 pm
by broadsword
Nath,

some proper looking original tractors you have there, that 30D and Cropmaster diesel are to die for in that condition not to mention the others - good to see a couple of Marshalls without the shiny paint job as well.
The 30D picture with the words `the sun even came out for us on Sunday` would be a cracker for next years calendar

Cheers

Andy

Posted: Fri Apr 12, 2013 11:40 pm
by Merlin
odin wrote:Yes I enjoyed all that. The old green one has a Zetor look about it. A horsey stable who we supply conventional bales to has a very similar looking Zetor with a front loader.
Being a 'Reg-Plate' spotter, YD is the old Zummerset plate ?
It's not a Zetor but right sort of direction. To help it's Swiss!

Yes YD is a Somerset plate, the original dealers brass plate is still on it stating J B Gibbs and Son Crewkerne Somerset.

Posted: Fri Apr 12, 2013 11:50 pm
by Merlin
broadsword wrote:Nath,

some proper looking original tractors you have there, that 30D and Cropmaster diesel are to die for in that condition not to mention the others - good to see a couple of Marshalls without the shiny paint job as well.
The 30D picture with the words `the sun even came out for us on Sunday` would be a cracker for next years calendar

Cheers

Andy
Thank you for the comments, the 30D is my little beasty. I was also pleased with it starting easily each morning up there in heavy white frost, no easy start to be seen amoung this group. :)

We always have some fun, last years tug of war between a Ford TW25 and Case Steamer was entertaining. I've never seen a TW dragged around like that, it didn't stand a chance.

Posted: Sat Apr 13, 2013 7:47 am
by Scooby
Merlin wrote: It's not a Zetor but right sort of direction. To help it's Swiss!
Hurlimann ???

Posted: Sat Apr 13, 2013 8:03 am
by Merlin
Scooby wrote:
Merlin wrote: It's not a Zetor but right sort of direction. To help it's Swiss!
Hurlimann ???
Not a Hurlimannm another clue it runs a Mercedes OM diesel engine. I only know of two in the uk. It is 1950's vintage with a 4 speed box and a splitter that you don't need the clutch for.

Posted: Sat Apr 13, 2013 8:42 pm
by Dieter
Is the Ladies ride perhaps a Buhrer?

At first thought it read "Fuhrer" on the side there, and thought it to be some sort of British humour?! :shock:

Great looking pics, good to see some people had some sun during easter this year :-)
Love your pub transport and the stationaty engines. Can almost smell the fumes of oil, grease and old times ;-)

Posted: Sat Apr 13, 2013 11:33 pm
by Merlin
Dieter, you are indeed correct it is a Buhrer, and your also not the first to initially think it says Fuhrer :)

Yes everywhere smelt of a mix of steam, diesel, and paraffin. Just the way I like it, completed with a pint of beer or two.

Private Tractor and Steam Gathering

Posted: Sun Oct 11, 2015 8:10 pm
by tim123
Nice to see my Cropmaster out at such a great gathering, I think this was the gig where she really flew. She's in bits at the moment and I may be putting a few questions in to the forum soon. Several problems just now all to do with not using here enough I think. These diesels need to be used and not left under a sheet for a couple of years only to be bought out for a hard day's rotavating. Suffice to say she was running on 3 occasionally 2 by the end of the day!!

Tim
1953 Cropmaster Diesel
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