The word "tractor" comes from the Latin word "tractus" meaning drawing or pulling thereby explaining that a tractor is essentially a machine designed to pull things along, usually very slowly and surely.
Tractors have large and powerful diesel engines, just like bulldozers, cranes, railroad trains, ships, and other giant machines. In a tractor, the engine's power is designed to be used for pulling big and heavy loads.
Why tractors were invented?
Tractors were originally designed to replace working animals such as oxen and horses, which people have been using to pull carts and plows since ancient times. One of the pioneers of modern tractors, American industrialist Henry Ford, got at least part of his inspiration from a simple determination to come up with something better than the horse for doing heavy farm work.
Because early tractors were merely replacements for horses, pulling things was what they were mostly used for as well. The early tractors were fueled by coal and known as steam traction engines. They looked like small steam locomotives, with large, sturdy metal wheels capable of rolling down roads. Seeing one of these early coal-powered lumbering tractors was what inspired Henry Ford to start developing tractors of his own.
29-Dec-2020 | Answer by: Ram