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Choosing an Orchard Tractor

Posted by Nate B. on

Orchard or vineyard production is a multi-year project, and once the dimensions are set and rows are planted, the machines used need to fit in between them. Image Source Newer orchard or vineyard tractors—sometimes called “crawlers”—are compact tractors that are designed to fit in small and narrow workspaces, as well as maneuver around tight corners. Essentially, these are specialty tractors that can be variously billed as “narrow,” or “low-profile.” However, older all-purpose compact tractors often do the trick. A true dedicated orchard tractor is often recognizable by odd-looking body work. Wheels and moving parts are often hooded to protect from...

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Choosing a Baler

Posted by Nate B. on

There are a number of things to consider in buying a baler, beyond basic concerns like budget. 1. Square or Round Bales? Firstly, it is important to decide whether you would rather have square or round bales. There are pros and cons to each type. Part of choosing between square and round bales has to do with the eventual use or market for the hay you plan on growing. If you are growing hay for a large cattle operation, large round bales make sense, as cattle are generally more resistant to moulds and fungi that can grow in bales stored...

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Restoring a Used Tractor 2016

Posted by Lynsey Grosfield on

If you’re considering buying an older machine, there will inevitably be both a learning curve and some tune-ups involved in making it look and run as well as possible. The absolute first thing any new owner of an old tractor should do is track down the manual, and odds are we have it here on Ag Manuals. A manual will provide a comprehensive guide to the individual parts and how they fit together, as well as basic troubleshooting and operational instructions. Along the way, there are other questions to consider. Why are you restoring an older tractor? Right off the...

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Top 5 tractors by Decade, 1950-2000.

Posted by Lynsey Grosfield on

There are a lot of compact tractors out there that were so well-made at the time of manufacture, that they have become classic pieces of farm equipment that are still in use today. If you’re shopping around for pre-2000 machines, consider some of these timeless favorites. 1950s: Allis-Chalmers WD45 The 1950s saw some significant changes in compact tractor design: the addition of the three-point hitch, and a redesign to allow for side-entry to the driver’s seat swept across models from various manufacturers, so if you’re on the lookout for a super-retro mount-from-the rear design, you’ll likely have to look a...

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Who owns your tractor?

Posted by Nate B on

Recently, Deere & Co.--the company that manufactures John Deere farming equipment--struck a deal with Monsanto in order to use both hardware and software from a subsidiary company called Precision Planting LLC. These components, added to tractors and combines, wirelessly transmit data on things like soil, crop performance, and regional weather to Monsanto’s Climate Corp. unit. This is the age of digital agriculture, where technology mediates many decision-making processes. In many ways, these kinds of technologies will make agriculture more efficient, making more rational and precise decisions than a human could alone. However, there are challenges lurking for farmers looking at...

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