Crawler ploughman Gary Rutter was looking to purchase something a little different when he saw an advert in T&M for a Mailam 5001/7600 that was for sale in Belgium by Piet Verschelde at Waregem.
Italy has a long tradition of making crawlers and Mailam, based near Venice, came on the scene in the late 1950s, producing a range of machines based on Fordson Major and even Dexta skid units.
Gary's purchase was concluded in January 2012. A tractor engineer by trade, he converted the electrics back to dynamo from the non-original alternator. He also rewired the crawler as well as sorting out the fuel tank out and other minor issues.
With the dual Ransomes plough outfit, Gary went on to take the classwin and ‘Best Turned Tractor & Plough’ at the tractor's recent debut in a SEVAC ploughing match (see page 124 May issue for report).