How to Choose the Best Tractor for Your Farm

by Country Sales and Service, LLC on May 15, 2021

Purchasing a tractor is a big decision and a big expense. You want to make sure you are getting the best bang for your buck. However, picking out a tractor can be stressful, but it does not have to be. With these questions to consider before buying your tractor, it can make your buying experience feel like a breeze.

Questions to Consider Before Purchasing a Tractor

  1. What kind of tractor do you need?

For many farmers just starting out, a small or mid-sized tractor is often the first choice. Purchasing a larger tractor is better for large landowners that have 15-20 acres or more. However, on a small farm, a smaller machine will work just as well and be used around the yard and in the field.

  1. What tasks do you want to accomplish?

When looking into buying a tractor, it is important to think about what work you will mostly be doing. This will help you determine what type of compact tractor you need. It is also important to think about how you will be using your tractor at different times of the year. For example, do you need a tractor for snow removal? Do you need a tractor to mow large fields? Will you use the tractor to haul heavy items? These are just a few questions to ask yourself.

  1. How much horsepower do you need?

You will need to ensure that whatever tractor you decide to purchase, you have enough horsepower. Typically, a small tractor will have between 45 HP and 75 HP. To determine the amount of horsepower you need, you need to determine what you need for the tractor. For example, if you need to grade a yard, you will need a box scraper. In addition, different types and sizes of tractors have a different amount of horsepower. Once you determine the type of tractor you need and what it will be used for, you can determine how much horsepower you need.

  1. What lifting capability do you need?

Same as horsepower, different tractors have different lifting abilities. When deciding on size and horsepower, you must also think about what you will be lifting and carrying around the property. When determining the lifting capability, think about how heavy loads of mulch, feed, gravel, manure, hay, etc., will be. This will help you choose the best tractor for your needs.

  1. How much time do you spend on your property?

The amount of time you spend working on your property will determine how large a tractor you need. If you have a large property, buying a small tractor may not be feasible. Instead, using a small tractor on a large property, you will, in the end, be working longer and harder to get your work done.

  1. Does the tractor have good safety features?

No one should purchase a tractor that does not have a rollover protection structure (ROPS) and a seatbelt. It is very common for a tractor to roll over. When the tractor is equipped with ROPS and a seatbelt, this can initially save your life and save you from being thrown from the tractor or crushed in an accident rollover.

  1. What type of fuel does the tractor need?

Diesel engine tractors are preferred compared to gasoline engines. Typically, most tractors are diesel. However, you may still find the 1960s or 1970s tractor that is still powered by gasoline. Typically, these machines are not fully dependable. If it does not have electronic ignition, this can cause issues later.

  1. Should you purchase a tractor with 4-WD?

4-WD or four-wheel-drive is a great feature for any tractor. This helps you get ample work done when the weather is not so nice. Four-wheel-drive also allows you to continue working in the snow and mud.

  1. How much do tractors cost?

The cost of a used tractor will depend on the age, condition, and features are available. While it is hard to narrow down an exact price for a tractor, most tractors range from $5,000 to $20,000.

  1. Should I buy used or new?

Buying a tractor is a huge investment. Often, farmers who are just starting out are on a tight budget. And for this reason alone, it may be a good idea to consider a used, well taken care of tractor for your first purchase. However, if you have financing available, you may think about purchasing a new tractor initially with the features you want.

Is a Compact Tractor the Right Choice?

Compact tractors are very common with homeowners and those who farm for a hobby. However, compact tractors are best for smaller jobs. And while these may be small, they can get the task done quickly and efficiently. When shopping for a compact tractor, there are many choices to choose from. While it may be hard to choose, there is a lot of information on each and different videos that can help you decide.

Whether you are looking for a compact tractor, a new tractor, or a used one, Country Sales and Service is here to help you with all your Kubota repair needs. Are you looking for a rebuilt engine? Need tractor parts? Contact us today.  

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