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Do You Know These Facts About Tractor Pedals?

We want to share important information that you may have never heard before regarding tractor pedals.

And as a quick aside --- we are here to help you purchase a new tractor, parts and implements

when the time is right.

Let’s dive into the details.


Modern farm tractors typically have four or five foot pedals on the floor.


The pedal on the left is the clutch. The operator presses on it to disengage the transmission for either shifting gears or stopping the tractor.

Some modern tractors have (or as optional equipment) a button on the gear stick for controlling the clutch --- in addition to the standard pedal.


Two of the pedals on the right are the brakes.

The left brake pedal stops the left rear wheel. And the right brake pedal does the same with the right side.

This independent left and right wheel braking augments the steering of the tractor when only the two rear wheels are driven. This is usually done to make a sharp turn. The split brake pedal is also used in mud or soft soil to control a tire spinning due to the loss of traction. The operator presses both pedals together to stop the tractor. Usually, a swinging or sliding bolt is provided to lock the two together when desired.