Driver safety and comfort are among the top essentials for today’s tractors, but they remained near the bottom of the priority list during the first 100 years or so of power farming history. Steam engines were the first alternative to animal power, available in small numbers from the 1850s to drive threshing machines and operate cable ploughing systems. The engine manufacturers offered few concessions to driver comfort, and this approach continued after tractors began taking over in the 1890s. See […]