Tractors are a very versatile type of equipment. They may be used for anything from lawn service to industrial farming operations. Tractors are complicated pieces of machinery, with a multitude of parts to keep in good working order. Regular maintenance and prompt repairs will keep this equipment in good working order for years. Knowing common tractor terminology can make it easier to arrange for maintenance and repairs as necessary.
Track Tractors - Tractors with powered rubber tracks, rather than traditional wheels. Caterpillars are the best known example of track tractors.
Manual Transmission - Like the manual transmission in automobiles, these types of tractors have a clutch and require the driver to shift between gears as necessary.
Synchronization Transmission - Also called continuously variable transmission, or CVT. These offer multiple speeds and gear ratios. This type of transmission is more common in newer models.
Drawbar - The part by which plows or other pieces of equipment are attached to a tractor. These can often be found on older tractors.
Three-point Hitch - The most common modern means of attaching equipment to tractors. These can be operated hydraulically for swift, safe, efficient connections and disconnections from plows or other implements.
Compact Utility Tractor - A smaller type of tractor used for less intensive purposes. Bigger than a common lawn mower, this is a very common type of compact tractor for commercial landscaping companies to use.
Backhoe Loader - A type of tractor used for construction. On some models, the front and back components may be removed. They may be used for anything from road repairs to small demolition jobs.
Row-crop Tractor - Farming tractors designed specifically for crops which are grown in rows.
Whether you own heavy farm equipment or a simple lawn maintenance mower, at one point or another you are likely to find yourself in need of parts or repair service.
If you have a smaller mower designed for simple garden work or yard upkeep such as a manual mower or a compact riding mower, you may be able to bring it back to the retailer where you purchased it. Many of these stores stock replacement parts which they buy wholesale, and are willing to fix your machine for a discount because you purchased it from them. They may even offer you the option of using new or cheaper used parts to help you cut costs.
For industrial or commercial tractors and farm equipment, you may have to go to a certified tractor and farming mechanic who knows how to fix the complex parts in such big machines. Often, these machines are manual and the clutch can give out, or they blow engine gaskets or break belts because of the hard wear and tear they see in normal use. Many of these mechanics can also offer you new or used parts, and they often buy unfixable machines to save the mechanisms that still function.
When choosing a lawn mower or tractor repair service, you should ask if the company is certified to repair the brand of equipment you own. Many companies offer this certification so that you can be sure the mechanic knows about the brand and model you have.
Having to get your equipment repaired can be stressful, but if you do your research you can be sure to find good services at a fair price.