Overview & History
Before the historic merger of what became Massey Ferguson in 1953, there was just the Ferguson Company, headed by British mechanic and inventor Harry Ferguson. In 1946, he introduced the TE20, an agricultural tractor considered to be his most successful design. It was manufactured until 1948 when it was replaced by the Ferguson TEA20.
The TE20’s name was derived from “Tractor, England 20 horsepower”, as the tractor was built in England. Meanwhile, the “20” is not from the tractor’s true power output but from the formula based on engine size.
The launch of the TE20 was a culmination of Ferguson’s continuous development of “The Ferguson System” from 1916. Now known as the hydraulic three-point hitch system, it was popularised by this model, and soon became a standard for all tractors around the world to this day.
The TE20 achieved its legendary status for marking a significant advance in tractor design due to its lightweight, small size, manoeuvrability, and versatility. It also played a huge part in introducing mechanised agriculture to the masses. Because of its price point, it was the first tractor that an average farmer could afford and was compact enough to replace the draught horse and manual labour in small farms.
The Ferguson TE20 is powered by a Continental 2-litre, 4-cylinder gasoline engine. Its bore/stroke is 81 x 95 mm. It has liquid cooling, oil bath air cleaner, 5.7-litre oil capacity, and 37.9-litre fuel capacity. It runs at 1750 rated RPM, and the starter is powered at 6 volts.
Unlike modern tractors, the TE20 has one six-volt battery, a positive electrical ground, and a Lucas generator for its charging system.
It is available in 4×2 two-wheel drive and was equipped with manual steering and differential mechanical expanding shoe brake. Its cab is an open operator station with pressed steel seat. As for the transmission, the TE20 was fitted with an unsynchronised gear type, with four forward and one reverse gears.
This tractor can fit tyres sized 6.00-16 at the front and 11-28 at the rear. It weighs 1,251 kg and is 132 cm high, 161 cm wide, and 292 cm long. Its wheelbase measures at 177 cm.
Because of its great design, the iconic Ferguson TE20 is still used regularly in small farms and has become a popular collector’s item for enthusiasts.
Massey Ferguson Replacement Parts
G.W. Tractors specialises in sourcing replacement parts for all Massey Ferguson models. Call us on 1800 062 790 to find tractor parts for your Ferguson TE20. We may also have Ferguson TE20 tractors in our yards for wrecking, and if we do they will appear below. Check out all the tractors we are wrecking.
Who should buy a Ferguson TE20
Despite its age, the Ferguson TE20 can still be used in small farms.
Buy a used Ferguson TE20
G.W. Tractors is the best place to buy a used Ferguson TE20 in Australia. If we don’t have any in stock at the moment, give us a call on 1800 062 790 and we have a better chance than anyone else of finding you one. Below are the used Massey Ferguson tractors we have in our yards now. Check out all of our used tractors for sale.
Ferguson TE20 Specs
|Massey Ferguson 35
|Continental 2.0L 4-cyl gasoline
|2.0 L [120 ci]
|Liquid-cooled vertical I-head
|81 x 95 mm [3.19 x 3.75 in]
|Engine oil capacity
|5.7 L [6 qts]
|37.9 L [10 gal]
|4 forward and 1 reverse
|Standard Tyres – Front
|Standard Tyres – Rear
|1,251 kg [2,760 lbs]
|292 cm [115 in]
|177 cm [70 in]
|161 cm [63.5 in]
|Height – Overall
|132 cm [52 in]
|Differential mechanical expanding shoe
|Open operator station with pressed steel seat
|Number of batteries
Accessories, consumables and more
G.W. Tractors also has a huge range of accessories and consumables for all makes and models of tractors. We have everything you need to keep your tractor working.