These pictures might be grainy but this is quite clearly a crawler in distress.

County Crawler

In the late 1970s John Hopkins’ father was ploughing some stomach-churningly steep ground on a hill farm near Aberystwyth.

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With reverse gear out of action he had resorted to making a full turn on the bracken at the bottom of the slope. 

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Unfortunately the crawler had other ideas and, on hitting a slight mound, came to a complete halt with its nose pointing skywards.

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The plough was quickly detached and rolled to the valley bottom. (If you peer closely it’s in the bottom left hand corner of the picture). For a while that seemed like the only option for the County as well but it proved too tricky to roll and another crawler was brought in to the rescue.

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Thanks to John for sending these shots in.

If you’ve got any amusing snaps of machinery mishaps send them in to fwmachinery@rbi.co.uk 

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