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With production starting in the early 20th century, David Brown made a name for itself as England’s largest tractor manufacturer. Today, the company is a shadow of what it used to be, leaving many people looking for David Brown parts. Whether the specific David Brown parts you need are hard to find, do not fit, or cost too much, TractorJoe is here to help. We offer a wide selection of DB parts, ready to ship to your door. Save yourself a lot of time and money by choosing TractorJoe for all of your DB parts needs.

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David Brown Tractor History

David Brown is a British engineering firm whose core business is manufacturing gearboxes and gears. The firm's main plant for manufacturing gears is situated in Swan Lane, Lockwood, Huddersfield and is adjacent to the Lockwood railway station. The company was a major tractor manufacturer from the 1930s to the 1970s. It was during the recession of the 1970s that Tenneco (J.I. Case) acquired the tractor production line

David Brown was a patternmaker that started the business in 1860 in Huddersfield, England. Manufacturing gears were the company's core business. 1350 Ferguson-Brown tractors were built in 1936 in partnership with Harry Ferguson. However, the partnership was dissolved and Ferguson went to the United States where he later partnered with Ford.

1936 was when David Brown first ventured into the production of tractors in a joint project with Harry Ferguson that resulted in the Ferguson-Brown tractor. Immediately after World War II, David Brown became a leading British tractor manufacturer. The company had its main manufacturing plant at Meltham Mills, Yorkshire England.

David Brown broke new ground where other companies would only follow later. Unfortunately, being a pioneer led to the company's own downfall. The Ferguson-Brown collaboration had many innovative features including many components featuring cast iron construction that was light but rather vulnerable to damage. For the first 350 tractors, Ferguson-Brown collaboration used a Coventry Climax engine. Brown later developed its own engine that was fitted to subsequent models.

Ferguson quit the partnership with Brown and went to the United States and joined up with Henry Ford. The agreement was to allow the "Ferguson System" 3-point linkage to be used on Fordson N tractors. However, Ferguson's own actions were responsible for the termination of the agreement. Just before the dissolution of the agreement with Ferguson, Brown foresaw a future in the manufacture of tractors and secretly designed his own tractor known as 'VAK1' that was launched at the Royal Show in 1939.

The VAK1 was the first David Brown tractor and was unveiled in 1939. The initial orders stood at 3000 units but World War II reduced the number of tractors actually built to just 1000 units. However, full production of tractors resumed after World War II.

David Brown built man tractors for the Royal Air Force during the war. The tractors were used as aircraft tugs as well as for pulling bomb trolleys for the re-arming of aircraft. The tractors had distinctive truck-like tires wrapping around the bodywork, HD front and rear bumpers and some were even fitted with winches.

David Brown started building a Tracklayer version of the DB4 in 1942 after an attempt by the VTK1 failed to work as an aircraft tug. The DB4 had been built for Army engineers and solved some of the problems that the VTK had and got around an embargo on imported equipment for military applications.

David Brown became a subsidiary of Tenneco in 1972 and operated as a division of JI Case. Tractors were no longer built under the David Brown name in 1983 but rather the Case name. In 1988, the Meltham factory where all the David Brown tractors had been built closed down.

The 1970s saw tractors increasingly being offered with cabs as an accessory and had to be supplied with safety cabs or ROPS safety frames in the late 1970s to offer rollover protection. Tenneco acquired the tractor division in 1972 and merged it with its J.I. Case division. In 1979, the 90 series tractors, which were part of David Brown-derived designs were introduced but the larger models were from America's Case range.

In England and several other countries, David Brown distributed Satoh tractors while Satoh distributed David Brown tractors in Japan. Satoh eventually built models based on David Brown design closely resembling David Brown designs but those were built in Japan and were unique models. The Satoh Bison S-650G, Satoh S-650G, Satoh S-400 and others are examples of Satoh models.

The family disposed of its stake to the management in 1970 and the company and in 1973 it was floated as a public company. In 1984, the tractor division of the International Harvester Company was acquired by Tenneco. David Brown tractors were subsequently merged with the International Harvester Company's operations in the UK. The Meltham factory shut down by 1988 and production moved to the IH factory located at Doncaster. The branding changed to Case-International and the production lines were integrated.

Textron Inc. acquired David Brown Gears in October 1998. The firm traded as David Brown Engineering Limited and has its headquarters in Huddersfield. It was leading supplier of transmission systems for marine, defense, and industrial applications. It supplied transmissions for the American M2/M3 Bradley Fighting Vehicles, the British Challenger 2 Tanks, among others. Simply put, the company still ran the original transmissions and gear business but as a Textron Inc. subsidiary.

Textron Inc. eventually sold David Brown Engineering to UK-based engineering holding company.

David Brown Tractor Models

David Brown 990 Parts

When it comes to reliability, the David Brown 990 is no exception.  This tractor was sold originally with the "Implematic" designation (also referred to a 990a sometimes).These tractors featured a manual transmission and the classic yellow and red paint scheme.  The 990 Implematic was made from 1961 through 1965.

The tractor got upgraded in 1966 to a Selectamatic transmission.  They changed the model designation to a 990 Selectromatic (which was also called a 990b).  The tractor was manufactured from 1966 through 1980 - which was a very impressive production run with over 67,000 tractors produced!

This tractor featured a sturdy design and a 195 cubic inch efficient diesel engine.  The David Brown 990 was part of the 50-hp class, was a great little powerhouse and had optional four-wheel drive.  

There are two things that you need to watch out for if you are interested in buying a David Brown 990 Selectomatic or Case 990, which is the sister model.

First of all, carefully inspect the hydraulics.  As tractors get older, quite often the first thing that starts to show wear is the hydraulic system - particularly if it has been heavily used as a loader tractor.  Also, keep in mind that it can be complicated to repair the hydraulic system.  

The best thing to do is avoid having problems by purchasing a model that doesn't show any signs of being used heavily.

Second, consider the distribution of David Brown tractors within your area.  There are some North American areas that have lots of David Brown tractors, which makes it easy to find skilled mechanics and salvage parts. However, in other areas of the country, these tractors were rare.  Since these tractors were made abroad, some retailers of domestic aftermarket parts have been slow to pick the product line up.  Before you make a purchase, make sure you can be confident that parts will be available within your area.   

David Brown 995

The 995 was manufactured from 1971 to 1976 by David Brown in Meltham, West Yorkshire, England.  The tractor came with a 58 hp (43kW) engine.

995 and 996 Synchromesh

These tractors are both powered by a 4-cylinder, 64 DIN hp (47'7kW) engine.  The standard specification of both these machines is otherwise very similar to the 885 model.  Also, the 996 model came with a hand-operated fully independent PTO clutch.  The 995 and 996 models are both available in some areas with high clearance conversion units.  Also, the 995 is available as a Highway model.  The 996 is certain countries is marketed as being a special version of the 995.  In 1978 four-wheel drive versions were introduced for the 990 and 996 models.

David Brown 880 Bonnet

David Brown built the 880 Selectamatic in Meltham, West Yorkshire, England from 1965 through 1971.  It featured a  46 hp (34 kW) engine.