Selecting the Right Tractor 
Wednesday, December 7, 2016, 03:02 PM
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Tractors are traditionally known as farming equipment used for tilling or ploughing large fields, but today tractors are designed and manufactured in various types and sizes to perform jobs ranging from gardening and landscaping through to highly specialized farming tasks. With the different types and models of modern tractors available today, it's quite easy to get confused with which one to purchase. In this article, we provide some tips on how you can select the most appropriate tractor for your application.

1. Examine your requirements

There is a comprehensive range of tractors in the market today so make sure to clearly define your requirements before making a decision on which one to purchase. Will you be using the tractor for gardening or landscaping jobs? Then a subcompact or compact tractor will work for you. These smaller versions of the traditional utility farm tractor can do a variety of tasks that range from mowing your lawn to more heavy-duty landscaping jobs. With the appropriate implements attached, your tractor can also do tasks such as digging, hauling or ploughing, making it useful for a variety of farm work.

If you own a farm, then a utility or diesel tractor can help you mechanize more complex and large farming jobs such as tilling, ploughing and planting fields. Do you need your utility tractor to perform more jobs such as loading and excavating? Then consider tractor models that allow for implements such as front end loaders or back hoes to be easily installed.

2. Assess the tractor's value for money

Purchasing a tractor is a significant investment so make sure that you are getting value for your money. There are many tractor models that combine important and advanced features in a single tractor that gives operators power, versatility and comfort. These tractors are well-equipped to perform a large variety of tasks, giving you value for money. Also, consider the running life of your tractor. If the tractor is to be used infrequently, consider one of the economy models. It has the same features of higher performance models but at a lower cost.

3. Consider the conditions the tractor will be working in

If you require landscaping or farming work to be done all year round, purchase a tractor that will perform well in all weather conditions. There are tractors in the market today that has the size, power and versatility to take on jobs of all sizes regardless of the season or weather. These types of tractors may also come with a fitted fully sealed cabin that provides excellent vision in all directions as well as air-conditioning and heating, ensuring operators can work in comfort all year round. There are also tractors that offer fatigue-reducing features for operators if they are required to work all day long.

Aside from the weather and working conditions, also consider the type of terrain the tractor will be running on. Some tractors are built to perform well on grassy, soft or wet surfaces while there are tractors that will work best on rough terrain. If you need to work on a variety of terrains, purchase a tractor that is well-equipped to perform on any surface.

4. Consider the horsepower

Horsepower is the measurement of power exerted by the tractor's engine to move the tractor forward. It can give you an overall indication of the power of the tractor. Practically, if you require your tractor to perform gardening, landscaping or simple farming jobs, a tractor with 10hp to 30hp will work just fine. If you require your tractor to perform tougher farming and excavating jobs or pull heavier load, then you will need a tractor with in excess of 30hp. Some larger models have horsepower above 100hp.

5. Pay attention to safety features

Tractors are extremely powerful heavy equipment so it is important to always observe safety first when working with them. When purchasing your tractor, ask for a demonstration of the installed safety features and if the tractor is designed to the relevant safety standard for your application. Also check that the tractor provides excellent visibility so that the operator will be able to navigate obstacles and avoid damaging property.

Tom Jerrat
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Awesome Tractor Technology 
Wednesday, December 7, 2016, 03:01 PM
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Tractors and Agricultural Implements: Change in the Face of Agriculture 
Wednesday, July 13, 2016, 02:54 PM
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Farming is not what it used to be, from just over a few decades ago. The advent of tractors and farming implements has transformed the very perception of agriculture. The hardships of tilling, ploughing and even harvesting are now assisted by modern farm implements that automate the work and reduce the time and effort in each phase of agriculture.

The word 'tractor' comes from a Latin word 'trahere', which means 'pull'. Invented over a century ago, farm tractors have come a long way, and are available in varying sizes, powers and with additional farming implements depending on the need of the farm.

Benefits & Uses of Farm Tractors

A general idea of a farm tractor is an engine or vehicle used for pulling wagons or a farm implement. Tractors are used in small and large farms for dragging, towing or moving heavy agricultural objects, which require a lot of effort and manual labour to move. Today tractors are a common sight at farms and are generally used to tow agricultural implements or attachments that harrow or plough fields.

Technology has played an effective role in modernizing tractors. Large corporate-scale farming giants have also created advanced technological concepts, like on-board GPS and computerised automation.

The general benefits of a tractor are that the machine is specifically designed to deliver power and tractive effort at slow speeds, which makes it the perfect companion for hauling large machinery on farms. This reduces the need for labour, hence reducing labour costs.

Agricultural Implements

Agricultural implements, also known as Agri-implements, are devised such that they can be towed behind or attached onto tractors. These devices may be automated or stationary agri-implements, depending upon the designated function. If an implement is automated, the tractor may also provide the source of power for the mechanized device.

Today, each farm relies on advanced farm machinery in one form or another, depending on crop type, size and needs. Even though the purchase of many expensive implements may dent a hole in a farmer's pocket, the machinery can pay for itself in time. Many farmers pool in to buy shared farming equipment or lease farm implements to reduce their investment.

The need for increased agricultural productivity will keep growing with the growth in population and consumption. Hence there is a constant requirement for producers to increase their capacity and reduce costs through automation and farm machinery.
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