Fowler-Wyles motor plough with two furrows, 1910-1920.
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John Fowler & Co (Leeds) Ltd entered into an agreement with Wyles Motor Ploughs of Manchester to make Alfred Wyles's design of motor plough in order to gain entry into the market for internal combustion engined farm machinery. The general concept of the motor plough was probably designed to appeal to conservative elements who preferred their ploughs to be in front of them as per horse ploughing, rather than having the plough trailed behind. Several other companies dabbled in the same basic design, and Fowler went on to build a monster 6-furrow version. Over two hundred such machines were produced, the majority being sold in Great Britain.