Farm Tractors: The Case Guide to Tractor Selection, Operation, Economics and Servicing

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780419132400
  • Publisher: Springer US
  • Publication date: 3/28/1984
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.34 (d)

Table of Contents

1 The UK tractor population.- Types of tractor. Tractor-mounted loaders. Diversification. Conventional tractors. Technical variations.- 2 The farming scene: The statistics of how tractors fit in.- The land. Cropping. Labour. Tractor numbers. The EEC. The individual farm.- 3 Matching the tractor to the individual farm.- Size up the farm. The individual farm—the individual circumstances. Ground work. What really happens on the farm. Your production — your enterprise. The crops on the land. Livesk. Machinery. Work in the field. Work on the roads. Farm layout. Work in the buildings. Gather the facts. Your costs. Detailed conclusions. Labour. Weather. Night light. Individual enterprises. Arable work. Grassland work. Transport. Building up a specification. Type of tractor. Size.- 4 The choice: What makes a good tractor?.- The engine. Transmission. Overlap of gears. Competitive price for a full specification. A comfortable and functional cab. Comprehensive hydraulics. Single-lever hydraulics. Lower link sensing. Good brakes. Versatile PTO. Steering. Rigid frame design. Selective steering.- 5 Tractor numbers and sizes.- Purchase of a new tractor. Production. Profit motive. Tractor size. Weather. Available work days for cultivation. Power required. Tractor power. Financial considerations. Financial performance. Acres per hour per £1 invested. Work output per horse power.- 6 Ownership, replacement policy and contractors.- Securing ownership. Sources of finance. Outright purchase. Bank loan. Leasing. Other finance. Replacement policy. Contractor services.- 7 Operation.- Knowledge of the machine. Practical details of tractor operation. The controls. Seat belts. Starting and stopping procedures. Use of throttles. Brakes. Independent PTO clutch. Clutch. Two-speed PTO. Differential lock. Transmissions. Synchromesh transmission. Gear selection. Four-wheel drive. Power-shift transmission. Four-speed mechanical gear selection. Hydraulics. The Selectamatic system. Trailed implements. Operating with draft control. Operating with position control. Lower link sensing. Operating the linkage. Operating draft implements. Operating non-draft implements. External services. Check list — hydraulics operation.- 8 Maintenance and care.- Routine maintenance. Consumables — Fuel. Cold weather. Flash point. Grease. Oil. Additives. Key component — the PTO shaft. Check lists — Periodic inspections. Adjustments and replacements. Service. Special conditions. Replacement Before Failure. Repairs after failure. Service facilities. Layout and choice of equipment.- 9 Professionalism.- Hidden costs. Knowledge. The Health and Safety Regulations. List of Agricultural safety leaflets. Further advice. Further information. Ability. The Agricultural Training Board (ATB). Training. Staff management skills training. Adult worker training. Apprenticeship and craft training scheme. Useful addresses. Insurance. The tractor policy.

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