Tobi, fourth place in a difficult move (Kľačianská podkova 2020)

Regardless of the stage of mechanization, new power sources are always used first for power-intensive operations. Furthermore, it appears that the price of labor matters less for the mechanization of power-intensive operations than for control-intensive ones-that is, it often pays to move to a higher stage of mechanization in power-intensive operations, even at low wages, when mechanization of control-intensive operations is not profitable.

This time lag cannot be explained by lack of engineering knowledge in Europe: the same countries were using mechanical threshers for virtually all their crops and seed drills had already been widely adopted. The difference was that labor was more abundant in Europe, farms were smaller, and the harvesting machines were therefore not profitable.

Date: 4/1/2020 Location: Turčianské Kľačany, Slovakia Kôň Tobi, majiteľ Miroslav Šulava ml.

Early tractor designs were based on the concept of substituting mechanical pulling or draft power for the draft animal classically associated with pulling plows through the soil, operating reaper and binder machines through fields of corn, or mowers through fields of grass. Cumbersome steam powered engines were soon to be replaced by the more energy efficient and compact internal combustion engine.

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Sophisticated hydraulic systems are now available on all modern tractors capable of performing additional functions including the operation and control of a multiplicity of implements and machines mounted to the rear, front or side of the tractor including loaders, mowers, agrochemical applicators, harvesters and feeders. While many of these are mechanically driven through the power-take-off (PTO) shaft at the rear of the tractor, hydraulic-drive systems provide additional flexibility due to the flexible power hoses that interconnect the driving and driven units.

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