It’s quite remarkable how, throughout the ages, the tractor has remained the best-known example of agricultural equipment. Although a huge variety of machinery finds its way to the farm, it is the faithful old tractor that defines the very essence of farming.
A tractor is a piece of agricultural equipment specifically designed to deliver high torque at low speeds, often for the purpose of hauling a trailer or other implements used in agriculture and also in construction.
According to Wikipedia the word tractor was taken from Latin, meaning “to pull”. The first recorded use of the word meaning “an engine or vehicle for pulling wagons or ploughs” occurred in 1901, displacing the earlier term “traction engine”.
Agricultural equipment may be mounted on or be towed behind the tractor, and the tractor may also provide a source of power, should the equipment be mechanized.
For a city slicker the most well-known manufacturer of agricultural equipment must surely be Deere & Company, with their brand name, John Deere. In 2014, it was listed as 80th in the Fortune 500 America’s ranking and was ranked 307th in the Fortune Global 500 ranking the previous year.
But John Deere does not only manufacture agricultural equipment, it also provides financial services and other related activities. They are for instance listed on the New York Stock Exchange.
The company’s slogan is “Nothing Runs Like a Deere”, and its logo is a leaping deer, with the words ‘JOHN DEERE’ under it. The logo of the leaping deer has been used by the company for over 135 years. Over the years, the logo has had minor changes. The company’s agricultural products are identifiable by a distinctive shade of green paint, augmented by yellow trim.
For the farmer who really wants to be noticed there are also other options such as the Lamborghini tractor, which is clearly designed for the super wealthy.
Another example is the Case IH Steiger 600 – something like a Bugatti in the world of tractors.
According to Ray Blessed the unique Big Bud 747, built in 1977 by the American company Northern Manufacturing, still remains the largest (50 tons, 4.27 meters in height and 8.1 meters in length) and the most expensive in the history of the tractor. Then it cost the customer $ 300 000. Today the figure stands at over 1.13 million dollars.
And yes, right up there with the cream of the crop in agricultural equipment, stands the John Deere 9560RT. The model is intended for plowing fields, and is equipped with a 560-horsepower engine.