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Versatile Tractors - A Farm Boy's Dream by Jarrod Pakosh

Author Jarrod Pakosh is the grandson of Peter Pakosh, co-producer of Versatile, one of the largest and most successful tractor & machinery manufacturers in Canada.

Peter Pakosh was born to a poor immigrant family and brought up on a remote Canadian farm. This book tells the story of his dream of making farming easier for his family and farmers everywhere. Today, his Versatile farm machinery company is recognised the world over for its outstanding and dominant product line.

Young Pakosh left the farm to take a job as a draftsman for the farm implement giant Massey Harris in Toronto. Soon he began designing and producing grain augers and sprayers in the basement of his small Toronto home. By the late 1970s his Versatile tractors captured a 30 percent market share of large tractor sales in North America.

Versatile was the first to mass-produce four-wheel drive tractors, the first to develop the bi-directional tractor (pulling or pushing with equal power), and also produced the first self-propelled swather.

The company has long been a leader on the global agricultural scene and Ford, New Holland and Fiat have all had ownership roles in Versatile. Though there are very few Versatiles on these shores, the big articulated Fiats of the 80's were produced by Versatile. Today this company thrives as Buhler Versatile Inc. and is recognised for its innovation and dependability. Lavishly illustrated with contemporary arid archival photographs, as well as selections from company catalogues from decades past, this book is a must-have for any tractor or farm history enthusiast.

Code No. 010302, 120 pages, ISBN 1904686001, $63.00

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