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Bean toolcarrier with hoe frame - IMG 4978

A Bean tool carrier fitted with hoe attachment and spreader box, at Bath and Southwest Tractor show 2009

The Bean Toolcarrier or Row-crop tractor was designed by a Mr. Bean (not Rowan Atkinson's character) in the 1940's for use in market gardens on inter row cultivation work. The machine was built by several firms over its life.


Bean motor hoe - 4 wheel model at Bath 09 - IMG 4977

Front veiw of the 4 wheel version owned by David Dear and winner of the Horicultural machinery prize at Somerset Tractor Show in 2009

The Bean toolcarrier or Row-crop tractor was manufactured by the Blackburn Aircraft works initialy. In 1945 production transferred to Humberside Agricultural Products at Brough. nr Goole. Latter production was by Thomas Green & Sons of Leeds (better known for mowers and Rollers).

The MK I had a industrial 8 hp Ford engine of the side valve design, with a 3F - 1 R gearbox and a Ford axle, with a single front wheel steered by a tiller. A 4 wheeled version was added in 1948 still with the tiller steering (see photos of the two variants)

The 3-wheeler cost £340 in the 1950's and the 4 wheeler £360.[1]

A number of different tools fitted inside the frame designed for horticultural use.

  • Hoe / cultivator
  • Seeder / planter
  • Fertiliser spreader


  • Single wheel steer
  • Twin Caster wheel steering
  • various tool frames with cultivators, hoes, tines seeders and planters.


There are a few in preservation as they are simple, can be used and different.

They can often be found at Horticultural sections of the Vintage shows or in the working are at places like Great Dorset Steam Fair.

Surviving Bean Tool Carriers
Serial number / reg no owner Year Photo other info seen at
Unknown David Dear 1953 Bean motor hoe of David Dear - at bath 09 - IMG 4973 Fitted with seeder At Somerset Tractor Show 2009
Unknown David Dear 1954 Bean toolcarrier with hoe frame - IMG 4978 Fitted with hoe and fertiliser spreader At Somerset Tractor Show 2009
Unknown owner ? year ? Bean at Tractor World 2011 auction - IMG 7376 Late model built by Thomas Green & Sons Unrestored in the H J Pugh & Co auction at Tractor World Show - Malvern 2011
sn owner year Image needed LHB - -
sn owner year Image needed LHB - -

See alsoEdit


  1. Old Tractor Magazine, page 40-43, by Brian Bell

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