Farmers Using Tubeless Tyres at Delhi Borders? Images are From US

Old images of tractors, including stock photos, have been falsely linked to the ongoing farmers’ protest.

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Old images of tractors, including stills and stock photos have been falsely linked to the ongoing farmers’ protest.
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A set of old and unrelated images, mostly from the US, of tractors with steel or iron wheels have gone viral with the claim that ‘wheels without tyre tubes’ are being made for tractors at the Delhi borders.

The social media posts go on to suggest that this is in response to the iron nails put up by the security forces to barricade the capital from the protesting farmers.

CLAIM

The images were shared with the caption,

“बिना टायर ट्यूब के चक्के तैयार किए जा रहे हैं ट्रैक्टर के सरकार द्वारा सड़कों पर कीलें लगाने का जवाब देने के लिए, साहिब जी यह होता है आत्म निर्भर भारत”

(Translation: “Wheels without tyre tubes are being prepared for tractors to answer the government's decision to put spikes on the roads, Sahib ji this is self reliant India.”)

You can view an archived version <a href="https://perma.cc/CJR6-NMET">here</a>.
You can view an archived version here.
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You can view an archived version <a href="https://perma.cc/3RF2-8LLA">here</a>.
You can view an archived version here.
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You can view an archived version <a href="https://archive.st/archive/2021/2/twitter.com/e501/twitter.com/786FaisalKhan/status/1356927028172259330.html">here</a>.
You can view an archived version here.
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WHAT WE FOUND OUT

The images in the collage are old and unrelated to the farmers’ protest. Let’s look at them one by one.

IMAGE 1

A reverse image search led us to Tumblr page by user ‘rollerman1’ who is based in the US. The picture dates back to 2016.

We also found that the tractor in the image looks similar to the Massey Ferguson machines, whose logo can also be seen at the back.

Farmers Using Tubeless Tyres at Delhi Borders? Images are  From US
(Photo: Tumblr/Massey Ferguson/Altered by The Quint)

IMAGE 2

We found the original wall art being sold on Amazon by Art Prints Inc, which is based in Arkansas, US, with the title, “Old Metal Wheels John Deere Wall Picture.”

The words ‘John Deere’ can also be seen in the viral image.

Farmers Using Tubeless Tyres at Delhi Borders? Images are  From US
(Photo: Amazon.com/Facebook/Altered by The Quint)

IMAGE 3

A reverse image search led us to a YouTube video by a channel called, ‘Small Scale IndustrY Ideas.’ The video, titled, ‘Tractor IRON "Cage Wheels" Handmade The Proletariat Workers’ was uploaded on 18 July 2019.

The image in the collage is the thumbnail for the image.

Farmers Using Tubeless Tyres at Delhi Borders? Images are  From US
(Photo: YouTube/Facebook/Altered by The Quint)

IMAGE 4

The image is available as a stock image on ‘Dreamstime.com’ with the caption, “This Massey-Harris Model 55 farm tractor came with steel wheels.”

The image was also tagged as ‘vintage,’ ‘USA’ and ‘Wisconsin.’

Farmers Using Tubeless Tyres at Delhi Borders? Images are  From US
(Photo: Dreamstime.com/Screenshot)

IMAGE 5

A reverse image search led us to a video on YouTube by ‘Bontrager Entertainment’ on 27 June 2013.

The image in the collage is the thumbnail of the YouTube video, with the description, “Brief history of farming and reason for using steel wheels by the Horse & Buggy Mennonites of New York.”

Farmers Using Tubeless Tyres at Delhi Borders? Images are  From US
(Photo: YouTube/Screenshot)

Evidently, old images of tractors, including stills from YouTube videos and stock photos, have been falsely linked to the ongoing farmers’ protest.

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