The possibility of increasing maximal drawbar pull of tractor working on the soil was evaluated. The increase in drawbar pull occurred due to special wheels mounted on the drive axle. The special wheels were equipped with auto-extensible blades and designed at the Slovak University of Agriculture in Nitra. The main advantage of the special wheels is an automatic extension of steel blades to increase the drawbar pull during a wheel slip and automatic return to the base position to allow the transport of tractor by the route. The testing operation points at the decrease of wheel slip resulted in the increase of drawbar pull. The drawbar pull of tractor equipped with standard tyres and special wheels was compared in different soil moisture conditions. The higher increase in drawbar pull was measured during the tractor operation on the soil with higher moisture in comparison to the soil with lower moisture level.
tractor drawbar pull test; soil moisture; adapter, auto-extensible blades wheel; tipping spikes
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