What To Consider Before Buying Your Farm Tractor

Agriculture has come a long way since the days when hand and horse-powered labor were the only ways to prepare the soil and grow crops on it. With the advent of mechanized agriculture, you can now use machines to perform on-farm and off-farm duties faster and more efficiently, increasing your agricultural productivity.

Tractors are one of the workhorses of the modern farm. These large, versatile machines can be used to perform a variety of farming tasks, including plowing, tilling, harrowing, fertilizer application, and moving heavy produce. They can also be used for non-agricultural applications, such as preparing land for new construction work, landscaping, and gardening.

Before buying a tractor for your farming needs, you should know that not all tractors are created equal. They come in all shapes and sizes to suit specific jobs and requirements. Consider the following factors to choose the best tractor for you.

Engine Size

The engine is, without a doubt, the most important part of any tractor because it provides the power needed to perform your farm tasks. Choose a smaller engine than you require and you won't complete work as fast as you wish. On the other hand, a bigger engine will cost more to run due to the extra power it provides.

Tractor engine sizes are measured in terms of horsepower. The higher the number, the more power is sent to the wheels of your tractor and the faster it can work. To accurately estimate the amount of tractor power you need, consider your job-specific factors, including your farm size, the soil properties, and the desired cutting depth and speed of operations.

The bigger the farm and the tougher the work are, the more horsepower you'll need to finish tasks quickly and efficiently. 

Transmission Type

Tractors come in an array of transmission types. The most common ones include:

  • Gear-drive transmissions
  • Hydrostatic transmissions
  • CVT (continuously variable transmissions)
  • Power shuttle transmissions

Each transmission type operates in a different way and may have different variations available. To determine the best one for your needs, consider how and where you intend to operate your tractor.

For example, gear-drive transmissions lock a tractor at one speed to allow for maximum tractor power output. These mechanical transmissions are ideal for performing the most demanding farm work. If you struggle with the clutch, you'll appreciate how easy it is to operate a tractor with a hydrostatic transmission.

For more information on tractors for sale, contact a professional near you.