7 things to consider when investing in a new tractor

With many options available for a range of applications, finding the right tractor isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach.

To help you work out which tractor is the right one for you, we’ve taken a look at seven of the most important things to keep in mind when you’re looking to buy a new tractor.

1. Tractor use

The kind of tractor you should buy depends on what you intend to do with it, the size of the job it will mostly be used for, and the size of the property it will be used on. For example, will you be using the tractor for personal or commercial use?

It’s common for people to use the same tractor for different kinds of jobs. But as a general rule, consider the single most important job you’d like to use your tractor for, and go from there.

2. Horsepower

For smaller compact tractors, horsepower will be the deciding factor on how big an implement you can use with it – like a slasher or rotary hoe, for example.

The amount of horsepower can also have an impact on being able to pull a plough or something similar. Particularly for smaller compact tractors, transmission strength and lifting capacity is dictated by whether or not it has hydrostatic transmission as the tractor’s hydraulic output.

But overall, horsepower and hydraulic capacity are both important factors to consider.

3. Open station or cab

Whether or not you need an open station or a cab tractor will mostly depend on what the tractor will be used for.

If you’ll be spending long hours out in the sun or rain during peak seasons, then a cab will help protect you from the elements or when you’re spraying chemicals. If the tractor will be used mostly for hobby farming or running a few implements, then an open station is usually fine.

A cab option will mean an additional cost, so in terms of what your budget may be, this could also be an influencing factor.

4. Tractor weight

Even if you have the horsepower, it’s important to have the right tractor weight for difficult and complex jobs such as removing tree stumps or ploughing through hard clay. Without it, your tractor can get stuck or you will end up spinning the wheels.

For jobs that really need that extra weight, you may need to balance your machine with extra implements/weight onto the front or back. Consider whether this may be the case, and if it will be possible with the tractor you’re looking at.

5. Hydrostatic transmission

There’s a reason why a hydrostatic transmission is the most common transmission across our range of smaller tractors.

The style of operating hydrostatic transmission is similar to that of a ride-on mower, so it will feel familiar for many. With twin-touch pedals that give the user great control, hydrostatic transmission has a proven technology that is easy to operate and will last.

And even better – with regular and correct maintenance, you will find you’ll need fewer repairs over the years.

6. Driver comfort

Factors such as pedal placement and access to levers make up how comfortable a tractor will be. The comfort of the driver isn’t often the first thing that people usually consider, but it plays an important role in driver satisfaction while on the job.

If you’re looking for a tractor that will help you feel stable, comfortable, and focused, we recommend browsing the range of tractors available from John Deere, because driver comfort is considered as part of the tractor design itself.

7. Attachments and implements

To find the right attachments or implements for your tractor, it’s best to speak to someone that has expert knowledge and extensive industry experience.

Did you know that a member of our sales team can visit your property to recommend the best fit for you based on the terrain, slope, soil variety, and more of your property? Additionally, our wide range of suppliers means there is something that will suit all kinds of applications to help you get the job done.

Want more information and assistance choosing the right tractor for you? We’d be happy to help – get in touch with us via our website.