David Brown Tractors
It’s been more than 70 years since David Brown and Harry Ferguson began the production of the Ferguson-Brown tractors. The outcome of their cooperation is credited with producing the first hydraulic lift and converging 3-point linkage equipped on a farm tractor. This proved to be just the first of many tractors that followed. It was in 1936, and although the Ferguson-Brown short partnership didn’t last for long, David Brown tractors have prevailed for decades!
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The VAK1 model debuted in 1939. It was the first tractor produced by David Brown without the Ferguson name. Although the demand proved high, the outbreak of World War II stopped the production for awhile. The VIG models were built for the Royal Air Force to be used as an aircraft tug and to pull bomb trolleys. The VTK41 was manufactured in 1941, but wasn’t capable of meeting all of the needs of the Army engineers. This led to the development of a Tracklayer version of the DB4 in 1942.
After the WWII, David Brown tractors continued to evolve to meet the expectations of the clients. The Taskmaster 900 series, accompanied by various implematic, farmatic, and selectamatic series also continued to improve through the 50’s and 60’s. The decline of the European farming market and recession prompted the sale of the David Brown tractor operations to Tenneco in 1972. David Brown is now managed as a division of JI Case.
The 70’s proved productive for David Brown company and their tractors received numerous awards for their hydra-shift semi-automatic transmission. Unfortunately, even though they tried hard to keep the pace with other companies of similar profile, they didn’t manage to keep the David Brown name in 1983 the Case name replaced David Brown.
You can still find David Brown tractors, parts, and collector clubs on the market and in online marketplaces, like Mascus.com.
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