The World’s Top 10 Tractor Companies

When tractors were first created in the 19th century, they improved the life of farmers and revolutionised the agricultural industry overall.

Since the early days of these farm machines, there have been many technological improvements made. Today’s tractors make it possible for all sizes of farms to operate more efficiently. Several top companies manufacture these machines that are used across the globe. We are going to take a look at 10 of these companies.

Key points

  • Ten companies feature in our list of top global tractor manufacturers.
  • These companies include German, Indian, Canadian, and US-based manufacturers.
  • Many of these top brands, such as John Deere, Kubota, and Case-IH, are popular with farmers in Australia just as they are in other countries across the world.
  • New brands, like Korea’s Daedong, may make enough progress to feature in this list in years to come.

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Which are the Top Ten Tractor Companies in the World?

There is always going to be room for discussion when it comes to identifying the top 10 companies that manufacture tractors. Most farmers, and other tractor users, will have their own ideas.

For the purposes of this article, we have produced a top 10 of tractor manufacturers based on aspects such as sales, efficiency, and popularity.

10.   Claas

The origins of Claas go back as far as 1887 when Franz Claas founded the company, in Clarholz, Germany. The tractor section of the operations was established in 1913.

Today, Claas is known for producing tractors that are compact but as powerful as larger machines. These tractors are also comfortable and easy to use, and they have an engine that packs a punch.

9. Deutz Fahr

The origins of the Deutz tractor go back to when Nicolaus August Otto founded the Motorenfabrik N.A. Otto & Cie. Otto invented the first four-stroke spark-combustion engine together with Eugene Langen.

The company later became Klockner-Humboldt-Deutz AG (KHD) which went on to acquire FAHR in 1968. This led to the new amalgamation rebranding as Deutz-Fahr. Since then, the brand has established a global reputation for developing innovative tractors that have style.

8. Fendt

German agricultural machinery manufacturer Fendt was founded in 1930 by Xaver Fendof. The company manufactures a variety of machinery including combine harvesters, balers, and tractors.

Fendt is known for bringing the latest technological advancements to its product range. Farmers also recognise that their machinery is versatile and reasonably priced.

7. Kubota

The Kubota Corporation was founded in Osaka, Japan, in 1890. However, it was not until 1960 that the company began to manufacture tractors. Since its early days, Kubota has greatly expanded its global reach.

As a result of this reach, it has become known across the world for its high-quality products. Farmers trust the reliability of these affordable tractors.


6. Escorts Ltd.

Escorts Ltd. is an Indian tractor company that sells tractors in 62 countries across the globe. These tractors come in more than 45 variants. The variants have different levels of performance with horsepower from 25 to 80 available.

The brands of tractors available from this manufacturer include Escort, Farmtrac, and Powertrac. They are all regarded as reliable machines.

5. Sonalika International

The Sonalika Group is another Indian company. It has its headquarters in Hoshiarpur (Punjab), India. The company was founded in 1969 and has developed a good reputation in the automobile industry.

They produce a variety of different tractors and are one of the top three tractor companies in India. This is hardly surprising given that Sonalika is known for producing machines that have powerful engines and large fuel tanks while also being fuel-efficient.

4. Case IH

The tractors produced by Case IH  are grouped into different ‘families’ such as Magnum, Steiger, Farmall, Maxxum, and Puma. These names are a familiar part of the global tractor landscape.

The company has its headquarters in the US. It’s a massive operation and is the second-largest farm equipment manufacturer in North America.



3. Massey Ferguson

At one time, Massey Ferguson was one factory in Ontario, Canada. The tractor production role of the company began in 1953. The brand is well-known globally and there is great demand for its machines.

The tractors produced by Massey Ferguson have featured in the US military and have also served farmers well over the last seventy years. They are known for their impressive specifications and unique look.

2. John Deere

John Deere is one of the biggest names in tractors across the world. The US brand is known for its high level of integrity as well as its commitment to innovation and quality. Popular machines from the company’s range include John Deere 5310, John Deere 5050 D, John Deere 3028 EN, and John Deere 5105.

The legacy of John Deere has been in place for many years and continues today. The tractors are hugely popular internationally.


Mahindra & Mahindra

Mahindra & Mahindra was already an established jeep manufacturer when it began producing tractors in 1963. The first tractor manufactured by the company was the Mahindra B-275.

From this original machine, the company has expanded its range. In fact, Mahindra & Mahindra is now the largest producer of tractors in the world. Each tractor it produces is known for its durability and power.

Many of these tractor brands are commonly seen in Australia. John Deere machines are hugely popular in the country, along with Case-IH and Kubota tractors. New manufacturers, such as Korea’s Daedong, are also becoming more familiar sights on Australian farms. They may become one of the world’s top tractor brands in years to come.


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