The company of Tractors (London) Ltd was the builder of the Trusty brand of tractor and latter owners of the Rushton tractor.
The Trusty 2-wheeled tractor was built from 1933 to the late 1950s. The basic design was the same but numerous upgrades changes occurred. The basic design had a front mounted engine driving a pair of wheels (all steel on early models and pneumatic tyred option on latter models). All machines had a centrifugal clutch drive from the engine, with individual dog clutches on each wheel to disengage drive for turning. The early Trustys were single-speed machines, powered by a 5hp JAP engine. Some later versions had 3-speed gearbox which could be used as well as the optional reverse gearbox. These were powered by either JAP 5hp, Douglas 8hp or Norton 14hp engines. During the war years, it seems a few were fitted with imported Briggs & Stratton engines.
A range of attachments (Tools) were offered for most tasks. You could buy attachments for, including disc harrows, ploughing, rollers, sawbench, self-lift toolframes, and even a ride-on seat (mounted on a 2-wheeled bogey) and a trailer. (A tractor can be seen with the bogey seat attachment fitted in photo at top of page.)
Trusty Model 6
The later version of the Trusty 2 wheel tractor built from the 1950s on is fitted with a JAP model 6 engine of around 8hp and also has new 3-forward speed + 1-reverse gearbox.
Trusty Steed (4-wheeled Tractor)
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These tractors are popular with members of the Horticultural and Garden Tractor Club.
- List known examples here please
|Tractor type||Year built||Serial No.||Owner / Collection||Photo||Notes|
|Trusty Model 6||year ?||No. 8815||Ex John Bownes collection||To add||At Cheffin - John Bownes Sale 2013|
|Trusty Model 6||1952||No. 14391||G. Ravenhall||At Newark Vintage Tractor and Heritage Show 2009|
|Trusty Model 6||19 ?||?||Brian Carter||At Riverside Steam and Vintage Vehicle Rally 2009|
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|Tractor type||Year built||Serial No.||Registration no.||Owner / Collection||Photo||Notes|
|Trusty Steed Mk I||1949||NTS 158||-||S. Morris||At Stoke Goldington Steam Rally 2009|
|Trusty Steed Mk II||19 ?||NTS B 199||-||owner ?||At Isle of Anglesey Vintage Rally 2010|
|Trusty Steed Mk II||1960||NTS 388||YJB 406||E. Roberts collection||At Stoke Goldington Steam Rally 2009|
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