When it comes to functionality and versatility, there are few, if any, machines that can come near a tractor, especially on a farm. Modern farming is unimaginable without a fleet of tractors, each performing various tasks vital for the success of the farm. Whether it is plowing, hauling, or any other farm task, tractors are essential. Large farms that have several of them can afford to specialize and have tractors suited for different purposes. Smaller farms that only have one have to make do with a general purpose tractor and special care must be taken when purchasing one.
Here is a quick breakdown of the most important factors that should be considered before buying a tractor.
Getting a tractor is highly dependent on your budget. Sometimes, a used tractor can be an excellent option or even the only one, if you can’t afford a new one, which can cost anything between $10,000 and $150,000.
Modern tractors come with all sort of goodies packed into them. From air conditioning to the GPS navigation, they have more options than a car. Don’t spring out for all bells and whistles if you don’t really need them.
There are several types of tractors on the market, depending on the purpose they are intended for. The first type are small lawn tractors, designed for lawn maintenance. These are small and have just a few attachments.
The second type are garden tractors. These are best suited for smaller plots of land and have a bit more attachments available.
Compact tractors are next. Ideal for smaller farms and orchards, due to their small size, they have enough power to perform even some of the more demanding tasks.
Finally, we have utility tractors. These beasts are the kings of the farm. With engine power often measured in three digits, there is hardly a task they can’t perform on a farm.
New or used
Tractors are very durable machines, and unlike cars, very rugged. They can take a lot of punishment and still perform their function. That is why a used tractor is always a viable option. Of course, nothing beats new, but beggars can’t be choosers.
This one is directly tied to the first item on our list. Perhaps you can get away with getting a garden tractor, but the terrain around you is hilly and you have to get a compact one. Consider the landscape and the use you are planning before making a decision.