David Brown Tractors
It’s been more then 70 years since David Brown partnered with Harry Ferguson to begin production of the Ferguson-Brown
tractors. The Ferguson-Brown partnership 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 “firsts” for the David Brown tractors. That was 1936, and although the Ferguson-Brown was a short lived partnership, David Brown tractors continued for decades!
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The VAK1 debuted in 1939, the first tractor produced by David Brown without the Ferguson name. Demand proved high; however, the start of World War II meant something else for David Brown tractors.
The VIG was built for the Royal Air Force to be used as an aircraft tug and for pulling 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.
Following WWII David Brown tractors continued to evolve to meet the needs of the consumers. The Taskmaster, Trackmasters, 900 series, and various implematic, farmatic, and selectamatic series through the 50’s and 60’s continued to improve. The decline of the European farming market and recession prompted the sale of the David Brown tractor operations to Tenneco in 1972; David Brown now operated as a division of JI Case.
The 70’s proved productive for David Brown tractors and they received numerous awards for their hydra-shift semi-automatic transmission. Unfortunately, even all of the notoriety couldn’t keep the David Brown name alive and in 1983 the Case name replaced David Brown.
You can still find David Brown tractors for sale, parts, and collector clubs everywhere. As with any good piece of equipment, it will last forever, and its fans will probably last even longer!