Powerhouses in Farming

Horses vs. Modern Machines

In the early days of farming, horses served as the powerhouse of farm work. Many farms had several horses used to pull their plow or haul a wagon of grain. Steam engines and tractors eventually replaced horses on farms.

• When tractors were first introduced, 1 tractor had the pulling power of 5 horses.
• The term “horsepower” is used to measure the engine power of modern machines.
• Today’s large tractors can have as much as 600 horsepower to pull farm implements.
• Modern semi-trucks average 400 horsepower for pulling grain trailers.