|There are many different
types of tractors and equipment that farmers use. Farming can be an
expensive job because the equipment costs so much. How much do you
think tractors and other farm equipment cost? Letís look at some
equipment and check out the prices.
||This big tractor is a Case
IH MX 240 with 205 horsepower (Horsepower is a term used to describe
how much work is being done in a given amount of time. For example,
if you lift a 110 pound bale of hay five feet into the air in one
second, that equals 1 horsepower. The bigger the number the more
horsepower it has). Are you sitting down? The suggested retail price
is about ....
|And the implement it is
pulling is a 40 feet wide field cultivator with a price tag of about
$30,000. (Rather pricey, donít you think?) A field cultivator is
used to mix the soil and kill weeds, while leaving a large portion
of the plant residue on the surface to reduce soil erosion.
is a John Deere 8210 with 185 horsepower. It weighs over 8 tons (one ton
equals 2,000 pounds). Its suggested retail price is $111,500 (thatís
more than many houses!). Thereís a radio in the cab so the driver can
listen to music while working.
| There is a John Deere 637 disk behind the
tractor. It is 26 feet wide and its price is $27,700. A disk is used to
destroy weeds and smooth the soil. Disking doesnít leave much residue on the
a John Deere 7810 with 150 horsepower. It weighs over 6 tons.
You can buy
this beauty for about $78,000.
|| The implement behind it is a 15 feet wide
grain drill. It is used to plant wheat seed in the fall. However, this
drill is a JD 1560, a no-till drill, which means the drill can plant into
the soil without any tillage or ground preparation before planting. Its
suggested retail price is about $29,000.
CX 90 is a much smaller tractor with only 74 horsepower. But this one
doesn't have a cab and other features. So, the bare-bone price on this is
combine, which is cutting soybeans, is a Case IH 2366 and the suggested
retail price is $145,000.
combine cutting wheat is a John Deere 9650. It can hold 240 bushels of
grain in its grain tank. The suggested retail price for this combine is
$164,000 and the header (the part in front that cuts the grain) is
| So, even though farmers get to use neat equipment you can see
that buying farming equipment can be very expensive.