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Turner Yeoman of England

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08-30-2000 01:09:42

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My dad has just aquired one of the above tractors and we are hoping to restore it over the coming winter. I'm looking for any sort of information about these 1950's machines. Can anybody help ?

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Pete Tatham

09-03-2000 11:58:28

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 Re: Turner Yeoman of England in reply to Stevey, 08-30-2000 01:09:42  
From "Great Tractors" by Michael Williams ;- Turner Manufacturing Co of Wolverhampton, England announced their first tractor in 1949 at the Royal Show. Some time after it was given the name "Yeoman of England" which appeared on a destinctive brass plate just behind the radiator. Another distinctive feature was it's power unit. This was a four cylinder diesel with the cylinders in twin banks of two at a 68o vee arrangement. The engine bulged out of both sides which helped to create an impression of power. The engine was designed by Freeman Sanders, an outstanding engine designer of the day. With a cubic capacity of 3271cc, the Yeoman engine was smaller than it appeared. It was rated at 34hp at 1500 rpm with a max output of 40 hp at 1725 rpm. Max drawbar pull was claimed to be 4500lb at 1.9 mph. In spite of what was probably a good engine and and impressive appearance, demand for the tractor was disappointing. Price and specification and some mechanical problems were probably the reason. The Yeoman was not a cheap tractor, basic model in 1950 cost 669 which was a lot more than it's competitors. The specification of the standard model left a good deal to be added as optional extras. Rubber tyres, hydraulics, three point linkage, P.T.O., belt pulley and even diff lockwere all additions to the basic price. Most mechanical problems appeared in the early versions of the tractor and were soon dealt with. These included a weakness in the drive to the pulley and a tendancy to overheat because of insufficient radiator capacity. There was also a weakness in the main transmission which appears to have been more persistant and troublesome. In spite of a face lift in 1951 when some detail modifications were added, the Turner tractor never really achieved the commercial success it probably deserved and production ended after about 8 years. Hope this helps and good luck with your project. These tractorts are rare in the U.K., let alone anywhere else. Regards, Pete.

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Dan Lago

06-03-2007 06:01:41

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 Kubota L245DT in reply to Stevey, 08-30-2000 01:09:42  

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Steve Draper

05-25-2002 14:33:09

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 Re: Re: Re: Turner Yeoman of England in reply to Paul Pearce, 07-15-2001 02:02:08  
There is a source of new Turner engine spares in the UK.
I understand the spares were obtained when Turners stopped producing engines in the early 1980's.
The gentleman is Glynn Beach and he lives in Whitchurch Shropshire ( will mail you the full address on 27th May - it is at my office!)
Regards Steve Draper

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Steve Draper

06-04-2002 08:27:33

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 Re: Re: Re: Re: Turner Yeoman of England in reply to Steve Draper, 05-25-2002 14:33:09  
The address for the Turner engine spares is :-
Mr G.E Beach
31 Chester Road
SY13 1NB
United Kingdom

I hope this is of some help

Steve Draper

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08-31-2000 08:35:27

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 Re: Turner Yeoman of England in reply to Stevey, 08-30-2000 01:09:42  
There is one at the Vista Antique engine and Tractor Museum in Vista, Ca It is an hour north of San Diego. Ph. 800-5-tractor or 619-941-1791

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