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CHAPTER 14 hydraulic Systems and hitches

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

Citation:  Chapter 14, Pages 317-364 (doi:10.13031/2013.24134) in Chapter 14 in Engine and Tractor Power, 4th edition. St. Joseph, Michigan: ASAE. . Copyright 2004 American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, St. Joseph, Mich.
Authors:   Carroll E. Goering and Alan C. Hansen
Keywords:   Basic Principles, Standard Symbols, Hydraulic Pumps, Hydraulic Valves, Hydraulic Actuators, Hydraulic Accumulators, Filters, Reservoirs, and Coolers, Hydraulic Lines, Hydraulic Fluids, Hydraulic Systems, Hydraulic Hitches, A Complete Tractor Hydraulic System, Hydraulic System Maintenance and Troubleshooting

Hydraulic systems became standard equipment on farm and industrial tractors following World War II. A tractor operator can raise or lower heavy implements or control implement depth with a minimum of physical effort when the tractor has a hydraulic system. Thus, hydraulic systems remove physical strength as a necessary qualification for tractor operators. Hydraulic systems also operate power steering, power brakes, front-end loaders, rear-mounted blades, backhoes, and other industrial implements. Also, tractors with hydraulic motors permit the transmission of power to remote locations more conveniently than tractors with mechanical drives.

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