Ferguson TE20
Ferguson TEA20 - Lamma-IMG 4500
A Ferguson TEA-20 on display at the LAMMA show in 2009
Model history
Model introduced 1946
Model discontinued 1956
Model status Discontinued
No. produced ?
Preceded by Ford-Ferguson
Superseded by Ferguson FE-35
Engine Specification
Engine make Continental
Power hp 25-32
Cooling system Water
Transmission Details
Transmission type manual
Gearbox make Ferguson
Drive 2WD
General Data
Linkage Category Ferguson
Plow rating Unknown
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The Ferguson TE 20 was built from 1946 to 1956. The model had a range of engine options and specials for differing markets. The actual numbers sold of some versions was very low. The TE stood for Tractor England This was Ferguson's third attempt to build a cheap simple tractor after his JV with David Brown to build the Ferguson-Brown failed to sell as well as expected due to cost. Then his JV with Henry Ford produced the Ford-Ferguson, which sold well, but then Harry Ferguson and Henry Ford parted ways.

Model historyEdit

Ferguson 28Edit

The colloquial term “Ferguson 28” is widely used in Australia and New Zealand for later models of the TE-20 including the petrol TEA-20 and diesel TEF-20.[citation (source) needed] “Ferguson 28” has never been an official tractor model designation. Initially the TE-20 had the “Continental” Z120 23HP engine, as did the Detroit built TO20 introduced a year later. The 80mm bore “Standard” petrol engine was phased in in mid 1947 as the TEA-20. Approx 3,000 of the 20,500 tractors built to December 31st 1947 being TE-A 20s. Subsequent to the introduction of the 85mm bore TE-D 20 in April 1949 the petrol engine was also made with 85mm bore which increased its power to just over 28hp. The term “Fergie 28” refers to the nominal horsepower of the later range of tractors. To benefit from the reputation of the later models in the used tractor market, the 23HP TE-20 is often advertised simply as TE-20, only very rarely is it referred to in Australia as a “Ferguson 23”. This term is unheard of in the UK.


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Production dataEdit


TE-20 Tractor build dates all models
Model Production Years Engine make Engine type Fuel Version Notes
TE-20 1946-1948 Continental Z-120 petrol Std tractor
TEA-20 1947-1956 Standard Motor Co petrol
TEB-20 1946-1948 Continental Z-120 petrol Narrow
TEC-20 1948-1956 Standard petrol Narrow
TED-20 1949-1956 Standard Vaporising 0il (TVO)
TEE-20 1949-1956 Standard V.0. Narrow
TEF-20 1951-1956 Standard diesel
TEH-20 1950-1956 Standard lamp oil
TEJ-20 1950-1956 Standard lamp oil Narrow
TEK-20 1952-1956 Standard petrol Vineyard
TEL-20 1952-1956 Standard V.0. Vineyard
TEM-20 1952-1956 Standard lamp oil Vineyard
TEP-20 1952-1956 Standard petrol Industrial
TER-20 1952-1956 Standard V.O. Industrial
TES-20 1952-1956 Standard lamp oil Industrial
TET-20 1952-1956 Standard diesel Industrial
TEY-20 1955-1956 Perkins P3(TA) Diesel conversion

Serial No dataEdit

Serial Numbers and Year of Manufacture
Year Serial run No. Built Notes (Total built 517,651).
1946 1-315 315 First TE-20 built 6 July 1946
1947 316-20894 20578 First TEA-20 built No.8710
1948 20895-77772 56---
1949 77773-116461 First TED-20 built No.94952
1950 116462-167836
1951 167837-241335 First TEF-20 built No.200001
1952 241335-310779
1953 310780-367998
1954 367999-428092
1955 428093-488578
1956 488579-517651 Last TE-20 built No.517651
October 1956


These are probably the most popular tractor in preservation in the UK.

  • List known examples below with reg No and/or serial no to identify them. (table to be added when a few examples listed)

Ferguson TEA - 20 1954 s/n 395183 owned by Robert Mullign Prince Edward Island Canada (ph 902 888 7930)

  • add any more tractors here (nearly 1/2 million to go)

See alsoEdit

Other models

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