Agriculture and farming sector feeds 9.6 Billion people that currently inhabit the planet. With population and demand for agriculture products growing with each passing day, there is an immense thirst for newer technologies to help aid the process.
Tractors are multi-utility vehicles extensively used for agricultural uses. They perform tasks such as landscaping, plowing, planting, tilling, and similar tasks. And to perform these tasks we have various types of tractors like Rotary Tillers, Earth Moving Tractors and Row Crop Tractors.
Before the invention of tractors farmers used to plow their lands by hand or by using ‘animal power’, which was both time consuming and an exhaustive process. With the invention of the tractor came a new alternative which not only required less labor but also increased the productivity by making the whole process faster.
In the current era with modernization of the agriculture sector there is a high demand for high quality tractors. Companies have capitalized on this high demand and today we have many companies with splendid companies manufacturing tractors, thus providing a large range of selection for the customer, here we have enlisted ‘the top 10 tractor bands’ to lighten up your search to find the very best tractors around.
10. Claas Tractor
Claas was founded in 1913 and is based in Germany. They have a wide range of products including mowers, balers, forage harvesters, combine harvesters, rakes and of course tractors. With production of over 450000 combine harvesters by 2013, it is believed to be the best combine harvester manufacturer. Claas first entered the modern era with the development of a pick-up sugarcane harvester in 1971 and at the end of the 20th century in 1995 Claas introduced the LEXION combine with a partnership with Caterpillar. In the year 2013 Class’s AXION 850 is awarded tractor and machine of the year in Germany.
Kubota is Japanese based company established in 1890. The company also produces other heavy machinery such as pumps, vending machines, construction equipment, engines and valves. In 1972, the Kubota Tractor Corporation was established in California after the success of the 21HP L200 compact tractors that exported to the United States from Japan.
KEA (Kubota Engine America Corporation) before becoming Daughter Company of Kubota Corp was from 1982 to 1999 a division of Kubota Tractor Corp. Kubota Corp along with Siam Cement started a joint venture in 2010 to become Asia’s top developers of agriculture production machines.
The company was established in the year 1968 after obtaining the greater part of share capital in FAHR by KHD. And with another merge with SAME Lamborghini Hurlimann in 1995, SAME Deutz-Fahr was formed. The INTRAC series was released after 4 years of the merger. But it wasn’t until 1982 that all the tractors were branded DEUTZ-FAHR. And after a decade, in 1992 the company manufactured its one millionth tractor.
Today the company’s production includes the 5 Series, 6 Series, Agroplus, Agrofarm, Agrokid, Agroclimber, Agrovector, Front Loaders, C900 Series Combine Harvesters and C700 Series combine harvesters.
7. Ford Performance vehicles
FPV was based in Melbourne. The Ford tractors were the first to be produced in mass scale and also the first tractor series to be affordable by an average farmer in need. The first experimental tractor by Ford was completed in 1907, it was so ahead of its time that it wasn’t even called a tractor but was referred to as an “automobile plow”. The Fordson Model F was the first mass produced tractor and was produced from 1917 to 1928. The most recent and the most modern Ford tractors are of Fiat Agri.
6. Caterpillar Inc.
Caterpillar Inc, develops and sells engines, machinery and financial products. The Challenger range of tractors started in 1970. Claas has been marketing The Challenger in Europe since 1997 and the LEXION has been marketed in USA by Caterpillar.
A joint venture was formed between Claas and Caterpillar to build combine harvesters. In 2002, The Challenger business was sold to AGCO by Caterpillar and the use of CAT and The Challenger names was also licensed to them, thus ending CAT’s venture in agriculture products.
Fendt is a well-known tractor manufacturer based in Germany. Other than tractors this company also manufactures other agricultural machines like balers and combines harvesters. the first ever tractor was manufactured back in 1937 by the owners Fendt with the help of their father. AGCO currently holds the license to Fendt.
Their tractors boast a wide range of models with bhp ranging from 70 to 500 and tractors modified specifically for use in municipalities and forestry industries. Fendt also revolutionised the tractor market when it introduced vario transmission in the model Fendt 926 vario back in 1966. They also hold a key to the future of tractor market with a prototype tractor The Trisix. Nicknamed Mobydick, this prototype has six-wheel drive and other innovative systems making it the tractor for the future.
4. New Holland Tractors
New Holland is an international brand famous for its tractors and other agricultural machineries like harvesters, utility vehicles, sprayers, seeding equipment and many more. It was founded in 1985 in New Holland, Pennsylvania and has headquarters in Turin, Italy. A few American companies like Ford Motor and Sperry Corporation had acquired New Holland before it became a brand in CNH global. Although the fiat industries hold most of the shares.
New Holland is recognized all around the world with 18 plants distributed across 170 countries, mainly Asia specific. Innovation is a major attribute of this company as it has received many awards for the same and as a step towards the greener earth came up with a hydrogen powered tractor called NH2 which runs entirely on renewable sources.
3. Case IH
This agricultural equipment company came into being in 1984 and has a wide network of dealers and distributors. Today this company is well known in the tractor market for the production of Magnum tractors which was first produced in 1987. Soon Magnum tractors became the most efficient tractors for large scale farming due to its efficiency and low fuel consumption.
This company today is owned by the CNH industries and is merged with New Holland. Because of its strong production and engineering units Case IH is the second largest producer of agricultural equipment in the world. The other notable tractors include Steiger tractor and STX500 Steiger.
2. Massey Ferguson
Massey Ferguson is one for the major agricultural equipment manufacturing company in the world. It is a Canadian company which was founded in 1847, and is based in Buffalo, New York. With Canada facing acute labour shortage back in the 1840s and Massey Ferguson being the only manufacturer of mechanised agricultural equipment this company made a lot of profit and a string of happy customers.
This company is very well established today because of the many military contracts it took during the World War 2. This is the period when this company produced the first generation of tractors and soon enough the company started flourishing, producing the world’s first ever four-wheel drive tractors. Even today, Massey Ferguson is the preferred tractor company across the world and has partnered up with various companies to reach every country in the world.
1. John Deere
With the logo of a leaping deer and the slogan “nothing runs like a Deere” this American company truly lives up to its words producing some of the finest machineries for agriculture, construction and forest equipment.
This company has featured in Fortune global 500 in 2016, ironically the company was actually started by the owner john Deere to escape bankruptcy. This company started production of tractors in 1918 and unlike many other companies it started producing 4 and 6 cylinder tractors with high horse power and better hydraulics becoming the most sought after tractor company. Comfort of the person driving was also put first during the production of series of tractors called Sound idea which had a cab equipped with speakers and air conditioners. John Deere today employs more than 67,000 people and is the best tractor producing company in the world.
Top 10 Best Tractors Brand in the World
|Sr No.||10 Best Tractors Brand Names|
|4||New Holland Tractors|
|7||Ford Performance vehicles|
Tractors are the true best friends of a farmer. Invention of tractors made farming a large-scale sector, because of which the economy of many countries which was dependent on agriculture improved. Tractor, unlike other agricultural equipment can be used as a multipurpose vehicle. Once modified it can be used for planting, sowing, ploughing, tilling, pulling heavy machineries, mowing, excavation and many more. Tractor production is a large-scale industry today and with it comes the drawbacks of pollution and unemployment. Many companies like the ones listed above has already began investing in future tractors which are a lot more advanced and efficient than the current tractors while being completely eco-friendly and produce power using renewable resources.