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In Pursuit of the Ideal Tractor - Development of the Rubber Belt Tractor

Published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, St. Joseph, Michigan

Citation:  In Pursuit of the Ideal Tractor. ASAE Distinguished Lecture No. 20, pp. 1-14. Agricultural Equipment Technology Conference, 3 November 1995, Chicago, Illinois  913C1595.(doi:)
Authors:   Product Research and Agricultural Business Unit Engineers
Keywords:   Defining the Ideal Tractor - What We Want, Ability to Do Work, Mobility and Roadability, Compaction and Flotation, Application, Fundamentals - What We Know, Traction Parameters, Optimum Weight and Power, Flotation and Compaction, Threshold Contact Pressure, Steering and Maneuverability, Design Parameters - What We Did, Product Specifications, Undercarriage Design and Track Steering, Belt Drive, Nebraska Tests

This lecture presents an engineering perspective of the development of the rubber belt agricultural tractor. The title refers to the pursuit of the ideal tractor. The parameters for the ideal tractor are defined and the design of the rubber belt tractor is related to the ideal. Primary parameters discussed are drawbar work, mobility and roadability, and compaction and flotation. Performance of the production design is compared to these parameters with the conclusion that the rubber belt tractor represents a significant step toward the ideal tractor.

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