An Irish Tractor Tale


| October/November 1990



Reanacoolagh, Lismore County Waterford, Eire.

Driving along in a neighboring county, some years ago, I came on a paddock in a farm yard. In it were three tractors and a combined harvester which all looked scrapped.

I stopped my car and got out to look and noticed a dwelling house nearby. I approached the house and saw a man cleaning out the yard with a Case tractor and scraper.

I went over to the man, he was a fairly young looking man and seemed quite friendly. We started chatting about the tractors. We exchanged names and I asked him if I could go and see the tractors. Mr. O'Brien then told me that there had been some scrap dealers around to look at them some time ago. I knew that the price of scrap had gone down in recent times and therefore, if I made an offer, he would hardly refuse.

I told him that I would be interested in buying them to restore. He told me that he had bought them some thirty years ago.

He pointed out an IHC B250 which in his eyes was the best. There were also two B275 IHC's. The wheels were on all of them, and the tires all seemed in fairly good condition. All the engines were free.