COMPARISON OF FIELD PERFORMANCE BETWEEN HALF-TRACK TRACTOR AND RUBBER WHEEL TRACTOR IN RICE PRODUCTION
Publication Date : 07/02/2018
Better selection and management of the machinery in rice production is one of the key factors that can contribute to the management efficiency and increase in rice yield production. The purpose of this study was to determine field performances of rubberwheeled tractor (RWT) and half-track tractor (HTT). The experiment was conducted in Jitra, Kedah under similar field conditions. The field performances of the tractors were measured during tillage operation in both wet and dry seasons. The effective field capacity (EFC) for both HTT and RWT in tillage operation were 0.6680 ha/hr and 0.6685 ha/hr, respectively. In terms of field efficiency, HTT was better in conducting the tillage operation, accounted for 10% increment, relative to the RWT. Meanwhile, field index for HTT and RWT were 0.882 and 0.885, respectively. For fuel consumption, HTT consumed less fuel compared to RWT which were 10.89 L/ha for HTT and 13.82 L/ha for RWT. The results suggested that, HTT was more efficient in conducting the tillage operation in a paddy field and relatively consumed less fuel than RWT.
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