Tractors are an important staple of the average farm. Without one, farmers and field hands would have a much harder time getting their work done. In the U.S. and around the world, tractors have successfully replaced beasts of burden as the primary implement for planting and harvesting crops and for countless other farm-related tasks.
Tractor enthusiasts everywhere are always on the lookout for a new restoration project. Like farmers, collectors, farm history buffs and others in need of information on tractors, tractor enthusiasts use Google as a primary source for researching facts and data on tractors.
Many of these users tend to enter search keywords with a single brand of tractor featured. These people may be looking for the latest tractor lineup or replacement parts for their existing tractor make and model. These searches have produced data that's useful for gauging the popularity of certain tractor makes.
Here are 4 most popular tractor brands according to Google:
John Deere tractors are the most well known in the world. With 368,000 global monthly searches, this U.S.-based company is the clear leader in Google searches. John Deere tractors are highly identifiable by their green tractor bodies and yellow wheels, a mainstay color scheme since the company began building tractors. Deere & Company, the entity behind the John Deere brand name, also produces a wide variety of mechanized farming implements, construction equipment and lawn care machinery.
The company also provides diesel engines, transmissions and other drivetrain components for use in heavy machinery. During its history, John Deere has produced over 450 different models of agricultural tractors.
Ford tractor is the second most popular tractor brand according to Google's search stats, with approximately 301,000 global monthly searches. Ford tractors, also sold under the name "Fordson," were produced by the well-known Ford Motor Company from 1917 until 1991, when the tractor division was sold to Italian automaker FIAT.
Well-known Ford tractor models include the Model F series and the later Ford 9N and 8N. These antique tractors are largely in the hands of collectors. Despite their age, many old Ford tractors remain in service on farms all over the world, thanks to their durability, basic design, and a ready supply of spare parts available from a small number of suppliers. In fact, it was estimated in 2001 that nearly half of the 700,000 N Series tractors built were still in regular service.
With 110,000 global monthly searches on Google, Case tractors are the third most popular tractor brand researched on the search engine. Like Ford and John Deere, Case has a storied history under its belt. The company's namesake, J.I. Case, started building farming implements as early as 1842.
Most of these implements were steam-powered, but Case would later introduce gas-powered tractors and farm equipment by the early 1900s. While the company itself merged with New Holland to form a new division controlled by Fiat, the brand and its tractors continue to live on. Current Case tractors have the notable distinction of being able to run on "B5" biodiesel fuel and with some modification, 100% pure biodiesel.
Last but not least is Massey Ferguson, with just 74,000 global monthly searches on Google. The company was formed as a merger between two existing farm equipment manufacturers in 1953, with the Massey Ferguson namesake being used in 1958. Nevertheless, the company can trace its heritage back to the original Massey Manufacturing Company that started back in 1847.
Despite currently being a subsidiary of farm equipment manufacturer AGCO, tractors and other implements are still being built under the Massey Ferguson name. Massey Ferguson offers ten separate tractor lines, ranging from sub-compact tractors for minor yard work to large, high-horsepower models for major agricultural tasks.
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