Posted on January 3rd, 2009 by ploughmyfield.
Looking in the back of a TE-20 service manual there is a section “U” this has the title Service tools. There are many unusual service tools available for a Ferguson tractor which I am sure make the job of repairing the tractor much easier. Most tools are very specific. Some on the other hand a general and can be used for lots of different jobs on the tractor.
The tools where manufactured (or badged) for Ferguson by two companies Churchill who seem to make the unusual tools and Britool who rebranded there own tools and produced some special spanners. It is the Britool tools I want to focus on for this page.
I became interested in these tools whilst stripping down the engine of my TE-F20. The tool that got me started was the Britool part number E92 also known as F.T.B10* Stud Extractor. I didn’t own a tool for removing the studs of the cylinder head. I noticed I could get a used Britool one for the price of a new cheaper tool from Halfords and as it was Britool tools originally specified for use with the tractor I plumped for the used Britool stud extractor.
*(F.T.B10 = Ferguson Tool Britool 10, the tenth tool in the list of tools supplied by Britool)
I bought the tool on eBay and noticed there where other Britool tools available. The second item I purchased was a Britool 1072 (F.T.B30) Cylinder head nut tightening tool with rocker in place.
Soon after this I came across FTB1 for sale. A complete set of sockets, spanners, bars and wrenches supplied in a steel box. This was the Britool set as it had a Britool badge on the top. The Ferguson equivalent has a Ferguson tractor badge on the outside of the box where the Britool badge normally goes(I haven’t seen one of these and I wonder just how many of the ferguson tool kits did get sold) The tool kit in question sold for over £130, way over my price range.
Then some months later I went to the NewarkeTractor show 2008 and there in the auction lot1 a collection of tools including the very same box that had sold on eBay. I entered the auction and picked up the lot including the britool tools for just £45. There where some items missing but I now had a complete set of 1/2 sockets and whitworth as well.
The toolbox came with a very nice plastic card inside detailing the part numbers of all the items included originally. I have been trawling eBay ever since to find the missing items. I am now 90% there with the arrival this morning of E74 the ratchet . In the list below of the items in the box those marked “Y” next to them are the items I have.
The E before the number indicates Engineers and refers to the 1/2″ square end of the socket used to join it to the ratchet or extension bars.
|Contents of F.T.B.1|
|E14||Y||TURNSCREW SOCKET BIT|
|E70||SWIVEL HANDLE||can get neww|
|E91||Y||UNIVERSAL JOINT||can get neww|
|E96||Y||4 TEE-HANDLE EXTENSIONS 3″|
|E97||Y||4 TEE-HANDLE EXTENSIONS 3″ TO 18″|
|E98||Y||TEE-HANDLE EXTENSIONS 10″||can get neww|
|E99||TEE-HANDLE EXTENSIONS 18″|
|E92 / F.T.B.10||Y||STUD EXTRACTOR|
|Y||SPARK PLUG SOCKETS 14mm|
|SPARK PLUG SOCKET 18mm|
|MANIFOLD WRENCH F.T.B.2|
|CYLINDER HEAD NUT WRENCH F.T.B.3|
|CARBURETTER WRENCH (TYPE TE-20 ONLY) F.T.B.4|
[08/01/2010] Page updated with extra information
Before Christmas 2009 I had the opportunity to buy the metal disk which rivets onto the top of a Britool toolbox. The badge was originally supplied on the Ferguson F.T.B. 1 tool box. This is Identical to a normal Britool Toolbox but with the Ferguson badge. When I bought my Britool toolbox I never imagined I’d ever see one of the Ferguson badges let alone own one. It makes me feel great that I’m using tools originally recommended for use with my ferguson tractor.
08/03/2010 – Britool Catalogue 102 Update
I’m not only rapidly becoming obsessed by all thing Ferguson but I should also add to the obsession a fascination for The Britool tools which where recommended for use on the tractors and implements by the Ferguson Service Department.
I’ve got hold of this 164 page Britool Catalogue No. 102 (1st Edition) listing all there tools. Several of the pages make quite interesting reading.
There is a section in the back of the ferguson tractor service manual listing the parts available from the britool collection. these two pages from the Britool CAtalogue give a more detailed breakdown of the parts available and pictures to match. below each picture is a link to a full size copy of the image.
This page caught my eye as SET No 3103 is for a Ferguson Tractor. Who would this tool set have gone to as it isn’t listed in the Ferguson Service manual. Maybe the dealers had this more extensive toolkit?
Here is a great link from George Radion at OzWrenches.com It has information on Ferguson spanners and original equipment supplied with your tractor including the tool box. Thanks George. Great website very clear, very informative.
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