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CHAPTER 1 INTRODUCTION

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

Citation:  Chapter 1, Pages 1-16 (doi:10.13031/2013.24129) in Chapter 1 in Engine and Tractor Power, 4th edition. St. Joseph, Michigan: ASAE. . Copyright 2015 American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, St. Joseph, Mich.
Authors:   Carroll E. Goering and Alan C. Hansen
Keywords:   Objectives of Mechanization, Development of the Tractor, Types of Tractors, Fuels for Tractors, Tractors of the Future

Farm tractors are a key element in the mechanization of farm work. Tractors provide the power for machines that till the soil, plant the crops, control the weeds, and harvest the crops. The mechanization of farm work has three primary objectives:

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