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Best Tractor Book We've Seen
One of the best unbiased comparisons of tractor models we've seen is a reference guide compiled by Pierce Fulkerson, retired Kentucky farm implement dealer.
Called "1982 Tractor Comparisons", it lists performance data comparisons including fuel efficiency ratings on about 80 untested farm tractors, and close to 100 models tested at the Nebraska Tractor Testing Station.
Fulkerson notes that, as a dealer, he used to spend many hours searching for information on what he had to sell and what competition offered. His guide pulls it all together for quick, easy reference.
"We arrange the models according to their horsepower so that competitive models are placed side by side. There's no advertising to wade through. Where no test has been made, we rely on data supplied by the manufacturer and we place an "E" immediately following this data toindicate that it is a manufacturer's estimate and not a test figure. Where engine horsepower is listed, rather than pto, we multiply 0.815 times the engine horsepower to arrive at the approximate or estimated pto hp.," Fulkerson explains.
Various tractor models are compared on the basis of engine pto, number of cylinders, bore and stroke, piston speed and type of cylinder sleeves; fuel economy and lugging power; drawbar hp; weight; transmission type; tire size; pto type and speeds available; type of brakes; type of hydraulics, gpm capacity and operating psi; description of 3 pt. hitch availability; type of final drive; wheelbase; turning radius; sound level and fuel tank capacity.
Sells for $5 in the U.S. and $6 in Canada.
For more information, contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Tractor Comparisons, P.O. Box 117, Sonora, Kty. 42776 (ph 502-369-7035).

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