Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Duration: 267 minutes
First Pasture Price: £47.49
Status: In Stock
Written and presented by Alan Stennett, the Mad About Series DVD Set includes the titles Mad About Vintage Tractors, Mad About Classic Plant and Mad About Earthmovers.
Mad About Vintage Tractors: This programme looks at a collection of 40 vintage tractors owned by enthusiast Robbie Thorpe over a period of a year. The tractors and their implements are seen doing jobs that they were designed for, from ploughing, cultivating, drilling, cutting grass and weeds to lifting potatoes and many other seasonal jobs. Tractors at work include Fordson, Ferguson, David Brown, John Deere, Allis Chalmers, International, Caterpillar, Track Marshall, JCB and many others.
Mad About Classic Plant: If you are mad about classic plant, then seeing it put to work is a special treat. So when the Link Club, previously the Antique Caterpillar Owners' Club of Great Britain, were asked to restore a 4x4 off-road vehicle course in an old quarry at Sibbertoft in Leicestershire it offered the chance to see some powerful machines at work. Caterpillar tractors, bulldozers and crawler loaders, as well as a Track Marshall 55 and an International TD18 provided the motive power for a fleet of five scraper boxes and a big Killifer Ripper. Between them they levelled hills and built new ones, reshaped ponds, filled gullies and created tracks through the quarry. This DVD covers all the stages of the operation, from the untouched site to the completed job. Bonus material gives more details of the arrival of the equipment and the working scrapers.
Caterpillar equipment featured includes: D9G, D8 with 435F scraper, D7M and D6 with scraper boxes, Diesel 75 and ripper, 983, 933, 941B, 943, 951C, D2, D4D, and D4E, including a version adapted for working on the railways.
Mad About Earthmovers: Andrew Beulah's Meaux Abbey Farm in Yorkshire is a fascinating place for enthusiasts of heavy earth-moving machinery. Andrew's own collection of tractors, bulldozers and excavators are housed there together with big machines owned by other people who have insufficient space at home. Regular working sessions are held at the farm, and this film is a record of one of them, where the main centre of attention was the range of excavators kept there. The farm is only a few miles from the site of the works of the Priestman company, one of Britain's most important excavator manufacturers in the years after World War Two, so it isn't surprising that the event featured a good selection of Priestman dragline and cable excavators. Examples of the Cub, Tiger and Lion cable-operated ranges can all be seen at work, as well as one of the early Beaver Hydraulic excavators. Other hydraulic machines being operated include a Ruston-Bucyrus 220RH and one of the innovative JCB 110 tracked loaders.
Other machines in the film include two Fowler Challenger tractors, a Vickers Vigar bull-dozer based on tank technology and the remarkable Caterpillar Sugar Baby tractor. Bonus features offer heavy earth moving machinery levelling a field and filling a ditch, three excavators digging a wildlife pond and an American device brought over during the war for recovering crashed aircraft and other military equipment.
The three DVDs listed above can be purchased individually with the online shop.