This guide to the MF 100 and 1000 series tractors represents a golden era of Massey Ferguson in terms of the design, reliability and mass appeal. Their bold new design created a loved and lasting image of this era and MF itself. In them Massey Ferguson created a range of tractors from about 20-200hp with all types of chassis combinations - 2wd, 4wd, crawlers and articulated. Production of these tractors was very much a Trans-Atlantic affair. They where made or assembled in the USA, South America and several European and other countries. Using Massy Ferguson archive material from around the World, The author has carefully identified some 250 models and variants including some 4wd conversions. Each model type is described in terms of its specifications and with a photograph.
John Farnworth is a farmer's son and was born on a farm on the outskirts of Manchester, England. It was very near the Massey-Harris factory and they used to send the new equipment from North America for testing on his grandfather's farm for a year before it was put on the British market. Hence he grew up in a farmyard full of Massey-Harris equipment in the post war years. This was the start of John's affection for the Massey family of equipment. The family went on to use Ferguson and Massey-Ferguson just as extensively as they had the old Massey-Harris equipment. Whilst at university he started to collect Massey-Harris tractors before embarking on a a career overseas in agricultural research, development and consultancy. When running overseas projects he always used Massey-Ferguson equipment wherever possible and gained much experience of their use in harsh Middle-Eastern conditions. In recent years, John has knuckled down to the serious business of compiling detailed but highly readable, well illustrated and informative books on the whole history of Massey-Ferguson, the predecessor companies and the range of equipment which has been produced and marketed by them. To date he has published moer than a dozen substantial books and has more in publishers hands for publication at a later date.