Video: ‘As long as you look after them, they last forever’
AgriLand paid a visit to Co. Cork to meet the owner (pictured above) of a nostalgia-inducing Ford TW-25 – a ‘working classic’ that’s no stranger to machinery events across the county and, indeed, the wider region.
John explained: “I’ve had this tractor for about three years. As you can see, she’s in excellent condition.
“At the time, I was looking for a TW-35. It was an iconic tractor back in the 1990s when I was in school.
“This TW-25 came up in Dublin and it was in fabulous condition. It had some embellishments made to it; it had solid front rims; and it had new tyres all round. It had a paint-job as well, so it was all in excellent condition.”
He added: “The key feature that I was interested in was a cab that was in good condition. I used that as a sign to guide me – as to whether the tractor’s been well looked after.
“The cab on this tractor is in excellent condition for its age; all the padding is intact; the seat’s in good condition.”
He said: “I bought myself a [Mengele] silage harvester to go on the back of the tractor; then all of these amazing events suddenly popped out of the woodwork that I could attend.
“The TW-35 was actually the range-topper of these tractors; the TW-25 was the second model down and it replaced the [earlier] TW-20 – with a longer nose and another fuel tank.”
John went on (in the video) to outline a key difference between the TW-25 and its more powerful sibling.
He concluded: “Some people complain about Fords; they were known for problems with porous engines. Obviously, the ‘crash box’ in this tractor is not everyone’s cup of tea, but I love it.
As long as you look after them, they last forever.