Agricultural tractors are off-road equipment essentially used in the worst terrains available on earth. They are exposed to high friction surfaces – farm fields
The popular technology available in tractors are manual steering systems using mechanical linkages, and power steering systems using hydrostatic steering systems and hydraulic power packs.
Many manufacturers are looking to cut back or eliminate the use of hydraulics, so it is becoming to find spare capacity on a hydraulic pump for the steering system. If spare capacity is not available then it becomes necessary to add a hydraulic system dedicated to the steering which substantially raises the cost of this approach.
Many farm equipment companies with precision farming interests consider auto-steer to be the entry point for customers who want to utilize technology. Implementing steering adoption isn’t nearly as widespread as auto-steering systems on tractors. But farmers interested in implement guidance tend to already be invested in steering technology.
With autonomous tractors, new steering technologies will emerge and pave the way for better handling systems and Electric tractors will give the necessary momentum to this upcoming trend of zero-emission and eco-farming.
With rise in global competition, Manufacturers are laying efforts to upgrade frontloading activities which supports customers in the design phase, pushing forward with comprehensive cost-reducing activities such as in–house manufacturing of key parts with fewer machines and labour to promote cost competitiveness.
The global tractor steering market is estimated at $XX Million in 2020 and growing at XX% CAGR till 2025.
Caterpillar’s new Tractor-Scraper (WTS) elevates productivity and operating efficiency to deliver low-cost earthmoving with a new high-pressure steering system that requires less steering input, which bolsters operator efficiency and productivity.
John Deere updated their 5R Series Utility Tractors with Factory-installed, integrated AutoTrac, with a 60-degree steering angle and 12.1-foot turning radius making it easier to maneuver in small hay fields or to mow, rake or bale. Variable-ratio steering decreases the number of steering wheel turns by 50% to achieve the tractor’s maximum steering angle.
Fendt IDEALdrive Joystick Steering System provides an unobstructed view of the combine’s header, thus increasing the operator’s field of vision. The joystick is positioned comfortably on the left armrest at the operator’s fingertips. It responds precisely to gentle hand movements, with steering resistance and sensitivity adjusted based on machine speed. Controls typically found on the steering wheel or column are on the joystick for intuitive access.
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