2023 Compact Tractor Guidence for Buyers

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Choosing the right tractor depends largely on the type of work you plan to do. Tractors are generally used for three main jobs: hauling, PTO (power take off), and hauling/hauling. In this guide, we'll discuss the types of tractors and how to choose the right tractor for each application. We also take into account farm size and price to provide as much information as possible to help you make your choice.


What are the different types of tractors?

There are many different types of tractors, and it's important to understand them before deciding which one is best for the type of work you plan to do. They usually fall into one of the following categories: straddle, forestry, narrow-track, low-riding and compact tractors.


Straddle tractors are agricultural tractors with three or four wheels that can work on crops at heights. For example, in viticulture, a 2-row or 3-row tractor can span 1 or 2 rows of vines respectively. Various work equipment can be associated with this type of tractor to perform tasks such as spreading, spraying phytosanitary products, harvesting, plowing, etc.


Forestry tractors are power-driven vehicles with wheels or tracks and at least two axles. The functionality of tractors depends primarily on their pulling power, which is specifically designed to pull, push, transport or drive certain implements, machines or trailers used in forestry.


Narrow track tractors have a small width. They are easier to operate and less expensive than other types of tractors, but also have lower engine power. Arborists often use them to get between rows. It is also used in harvesting, fertilizing and weeding operations.


Low-profile tractors with the bottom of the tractor 18 inches or less to 60 inches or less off the ground. They are designed for low-clearance applications, giving the operator better visibility in front of the tractor.


Small tractors are designed with smaller frames. It offers the strength and versatility of a compact utility tractor, with the nimble handling of a four-wheel drive vehicle and the feel of a garden tractor.


How to choose a tractor that meets production needs?

The tractor is used for pulling work together with farming tools (such as plows, cultivators, etc.) and has the following characteristics: heavy weight (heavy tractor), large engine power, and strong lifting capacity. When it comes to PTO work, tractors primarily pull rotary rakes or agricultural weeders. The tractor must have a powerful engine, good lifting capacity and low- or semi-low-pressure tires. For transport and handling work tractors mainly tow agricultural trailers or slurry tankers. It must be easy to maneuver, have strong steering capabilities, have a reduced empty weight (less than 9 tons), and the cockpit must be configured to provide good visibility.

Here are the factors to consider when choosing a tractor for different applications:

Towing work: A heavy-duty tractor is required. It had to have a long wheelbase and the front and rear wheels had to be sized to create traction. In order to have strong towing capacity, high engine torque is necessary. You should aim for the lowest possible specific consumption to get the best ROI. It is important to have a staged transmission that is adapted to the terrain you will be working on.

PTO operation: The maximum torque provided by the engine needs to be as close as possible to the standard power start speed. For operations at speeds below 2 km/h, the tractor must be equipped with a crawler gearbox. Tractors should be equipped with low-pressure tires to prevent ground accumulation.

Transport and handling work: It is important that tractors used for this type of work have a smooth transmission and a strong and effective braking system (usually a pneumatic braking system) in case an emergency stop is required. Also generally light tractors with good visibility.


How farm size affects tractor choice?

You need to choose a tractor whose power corresponds to the area of the farm you will be working on. When working on land smaller than 5 hectares, choose a tractor with 30 to 60 horsepower. For very large farms, a tractor that can be set to 100 HP or more will be needed, with a 200 HP or 300 HP tractor being most suitable. The state of the ground must also be taken into account: if the terrain is rocky with a slope, your tractor should have more power than if the terrain is flat.


What price aspects should you consider when choosing a tractor?

Price is important when choosing a tractor. While choosing will depend on your budget, keep in mind that tractor prices tend to vary based on the quality they offer (accessories, power, etc.). For example, if you want to buy a new tractor of very good quality and with at least 50 horsepower, you need to invest at least 15,000 euros. With this type of tractor, you can carry out most agricultural activities on your farm without restrictions. If you want more power, at least 300 horsepower, and more accessories, you need to plan to spend at least 180,000 euros on a new tractor.



Article summary  

A tractor is a self-propelled vehicle equipped with wheels or tracks. Participate in agriculture and forestry. Tractors are often used to pull trailers or other equipment. For example, a farmer might use a tractor to pull a plow through a corn field before planting. This guide has outlined five aspects of key information for various types and applications to help you choose the right tractor, which can prevent us from buying an unsuitable tractor.



  1. Do more expensive ones haul better?

Yes, a more expensive tractor is better, but it may not be the right one for you. A $200,000 tractor is always better than a $150,000 tractor, but your farm or orchard may only need a small tractor, and its price may only be $100,000.


  1. How to maintain a tractor?

Due to the high frequency of use of the tractor, the fuselage of the tractor will definitely be covered with dust from time to time, so the dust and oil stains on the tractor can be cleaned regularly. Secondly, important parts of the tractor should be carefully inspected and reinforced before each operation. If they are loose, they should be reinforced in time. Especially the fastening nuts of the front and rear wheels. Also check whether the tire pressure is sufficient. If it is insufficient, inflate it in time. In addition, the "three leaks" - air leakage, oil leakage, and water leakage need to be checked in time.


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