Monday, 8 December 2014

Tractors and Their History

The word tractor comes from Latin “trahere” which means to pull. As one can tell, the tractors are used for pulling things although the developments have made it more versatile and today, they can be used to serve tens of purposes.

Early tractors were steam-engine powered machines known as traction engine and were unstable because of steam-power. Those instabilities led to the use of internal combustion engine within the machine which made it safer for famers. Another problem with old tractors is that the user could get trapped inside, but that too has been resolved in the mid-late 20th century.

Tractors of Today
Most of the tractors were also manufactured with no protection from a roll-over. This would mean that the user was always at a risk of a tractor roll-over. However, this concern was entertained by New Zealand which used a roll-over protection system to protect the driver’s life by integrating a durable top over the vehicle. With ROPS, farmers can safely take their tractor on steep slopes and uneven surfaces.

The newer builds also house a GPS and an on-board computer to guide farmers more accurately. For more productivity, farmers can now use new and old models together.

Before industrial revolution, there were no machines that would lift the farmer’s burden. But since the day industrialization took over, tractors have eased a farmer’s job and it must be said that these tractors have not only reduced workload, but they have rather become a necessity because otherwise in today’s demanding times, it would be impossible to fulfill the needs manually. 

With the times, tractors have also developed and the new models are now more powerful, more accurate, more productive and more secure.

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