Go Years Ahead With The Ferguson 35 is a short promotional film from the 1950s that highlights the features and capabilities of the Ferguson 35 Tractor. The film opens with a delivery truck carrying the Ferguson 35 tractor to a farm. The Ferguson sales/deliveryman backs the tractor off the trailer then shows off the tractor’s body to the farmer (02:10). The film explains the engine as the Ferguson man points out the oil tank, removes the front grill to show the radiator (04:30), and opens the hood to show where the battery is (05:05). The film shows the tractor’s 6-speed transmission (05:45) with safety starter. The film then shows the Ferguson man driving the tractor to demonstrate its various capabilities. The tractor drags a cultivator rake behind it. A close-up shot shows the Ferguson 35’s steering wheel and instrument panel (08:10). The Ferguson man demonstrates the light-power takeoff (09:15). The Ferguson 35 bales hay (09:31) with a side baler, pulls a harvester (10:40), and pulls a water tank with attached sprayer. The tractor rakes a field (13:04), then it uses its hydraulic lift to raise the rake. The Ferguson’s hydraulic loader allows for the moving of earth or manure. The film then shows the Ferguson 35 with various wheel sizes. The Ferguson man demonstrates the hydraulic control lever for raising or lowering the tractor’s implement or tool attachment (16:40). He demonstrates moving a barrel with the tractor. Using a multipurpose blade, he backfills earth, and he demonstrates plowing and adjusting the depth of the plow (20:05). The tractor hits steel stakes in the ground to demonstrate a safety feature (21:26). Slow motion footage shows the tractor plowing over a dead furrow to show how the cultivating depth remains constant. The tractor pulls a cultivator with a large fertilizer box (24:02). It then pulls a Ferguson subsoiler (26:38). There is footage of both brake pedals (27:00) and a look at the tractor’s brakes. The tractor backs up to attach an implement (28:10). The farmer begins driving the tractor to experience the Ferguson 35. The film shows the farmer taking possession of the tractor and receiving the owner’s manual from the Ferguson salesman. The film ends with the farmer walking over to his new tractor, climbing on, and starting it up.
The Massey Ferguson 35 (MF35) is a tractor produced by Massey Ferguson. In 1953 a team led by Hermann Klemm started developing a new model for Ferguson, known as the TO35, to replace the TO30. Although Ferguson had merged with Massey-Harris to form Massey Ferguson in 1953, the TO35 was marketed under the Ferguson name. The new Ferguson 35 was launched in the United States on 5 January 1955, a year earlier than planned, following a decision made at a conference in San Antonio in March 1954. It was initially available in two models: standard or deluxe, with a third (utility) added in 1956. Despite not being designed for industrial use, it became popular among industry users. The color scheme was changed from all-grey to a beige shell and wheels and a grey body in May 1956. In December 1957 the scheme changed again when the TO35 was rebranded in the standard Massey Ferguson red and grey. However, the wording on the tractor continued to be "Ferguson" until February 1960. Production ended in late 1964.