If you are on the land, a tractor can be your most valuable tool. From moving dirt to pulling a slasher, from digging holes to hauling loads, the uses are endless. With such large investment, you’ll want to know exactly what you need before forking out a large sum of money. Here are some considerations when looking for a new tractor.
It’s important to think about the size of your property and any further growth from purchasing more land down the track. Buying the right tractor up front is often more cost-effective than upgrading at a later stage. To ensure your tractor can accommodate your property, consider your future needs. Will you need to till a large garden? Do you plan on working with horses or livestock? Are you planning to use the tractor to slash the lawn? Certain jobs require certain attachments and horsepower, considering these questions will help provide you with the greatest long-term value.
Horsepower and configurations
With second-hand tractors being hard to find and many new cost-effective options on the market, many landowners are buying new. Tractors hold their value, so the chances of finding a bargain are more difficult… unless you are looking at a Massey Ferguson TE20 that is over 60 years old.
And the benefits of new tractors of all sizes are attractive. Not only are new tractors safer and more fuel efficient, they come off the showroom floor with everything you may need. Features that once only appeared on high-horsepower models are now offered on smaller tractors, including on-the-go shifting, full cabs, and higher-flow hydraulics.
In many cases, subcompact tractors (roughly 20 to 30 hp.) are capable of tackling the jobs on your property. Most manufacturers offer a range of transmission and hydraulic options, as well as smooth three-point hitch operation and easy PTO control. With implements available — including loaders, backhoes, mowers, tillers and more — subcompacts are useful for smaller properties with lighter tasks.
Moving up in size, compact tractors (roughly 25 to 60 hp.) and utility tractors (roughly 40 to 70 hp.) are capable of doing even more, with added transmission, PTO, and hydraulic options, as well as heavier loader lift capacities for a wider range of tasks.
We stock a range of Massey Ferguson and Kioti Tractors that are perfect for small acreage to commercial uses. We have a mobile mechanic and service Canberra, Queanbeyan, Bungendore, Goulburn, Cooma, Collecter, Jindabyne, Moruya, and districts. We can also deliver!