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Do You Know This About Tractor Configurations?

We want to teach you everything you need to know about tractor configurations.

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 get to the details.

Introduction to Configurations

Tractors are generally classified by the number of axles or wheels.

The main configurations are two-wheel tractors (single-axle tractors) and four-wheel tractors (two-axle tractors). More axles are possible --- but rare.

Among four-wheel tractors (two-axle tractors) --- most are two-wheel drive (usually at the rear). Many are two-wheel drive with front-wheel assist, four-wheel drive (often with articulated steering), or track tractors (with steel or rubber tracks).

Classic Farm Tractor Configuration

The classic farm tractor is a simple open vehicle.

They have two very large driving wheels on an axle below and slightly behind a single seat (the seat and steering wheel consequently are in the center).

The engine is in front of the driver. Two steerable wheels are located below the engine compartment. This basic design has remained unchanged for years.

Enclosed cabs are fitted on almost all modern models for the operator’s safety and comfort.

Caterpillar “Crawler” Tractor Configuration