Etymology. The word tractor was taken from Latin, being the agent noun of trahere “to pull”. The first recorded use of the word meaning “an engine or vehicle for pulling wagons or ploughs” occurred in 1896, from the earlier term “traction engine” (1859).
Who came up with the name tractor?
Development in the 19th Century
John Froelich is the name to remember when it comes the early tractor innovation. He was an inventor who lived in a small village in Iowa named after his father.
What is the history of the tractor?
Tractors first emerged in the early 19th century when steam engines on wheels were used to help drive mechanical farm machinery using a flexible belt. The first portable steam engine used for agricultural purposes was invented by Richard Trevithick in 1812 and it was known as the Barn Engine.
What is the oldest tractor in the world?
The world’s oldest existing tractor, the Hungarian-built 1896 Mechwart’s, was discovered by Graeme Quick shown with curator Klaus Kerrmann, in the German museum where the tractor now resides. However, little is known of the tractors basic configuration and design.