HARRY’S LEGACY

EADT Suffolk - - PHOTO ESSAY -

The Fer­gu­son Club was formed in 1986 to pro­mote in­ter­est in the work of the late Harry Fer­gu­son. Born in 1884 in the vil­lage of Grow­ell, near Belfast, where his par­ents owned a farm, Harry de­cided the drudgery of 19th cen­tury farm­ing was not for him. With a gift for all things me­chan­i­cal, he joined his brother’s garage. Dur­ing the First World War, he came across trac­tors, cum­ber­some beasts which towed the plough with a chain. De­cid­ing there must be a bet­ter way, he set about de­sign­ing a sys­tem in which trac­tor and plough were an in­te­gral unit. The Fer­gu­son Sys­tem of 3-point hy­draulic link­age be­came the in­dus­try stan­dard and is still used on al­most all trac­tors to­day.

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