When talking about equipping your house with quality assets, we usually think of various appliances, pieces of furniture and other indoor elements. However, if your house is in the village and field works are your domain, purchasing machinery for field work comes as home improvement to you. One of the machines essential for every farmer is a quality compact tractor. These powerful vehicles require significant investment and a certain knowledge when choosing. Purchasing used tractor will save you some money, but still provide you with a solid machine. Thus, here’s a list of compact tractor buying tips.
Match the tractor with your needs
There are numerous models of compact tractors at the market, each designed to meet different farmer’s needs. In order to choose adequately, you need to know basic traits of most common models and the characteristics of your field work that determine the kind of tractor you need. If you are mostly focused onto cultivation of smaller pieces of land and landscaping, compact utility and utility tractors are models for you. Compact tractors are smaller than utility tractors, but both allow adding various attachments and are suitable for excavation, landscaping or hay production. Row Crop and Articulated 4WD tractors are for farmers with spacious fields, engaged into cropping, planting and tillage.
Inspect tractor elements, especially tires
Purchasing compact tractor is not the same as purchasing a used car and some other aspects should be inspected. If well-maintained, compact tractor may be even 20 years old, but still in quite a good shape. The outside appearance can tell you a lot. Well-maintained and well-stored tractor usually appears in well condition, without visible damages. Tires are particularly important property to inspect. Replacing tires is costly, therefor make sure to purchase a model with preserved or recently replaced and quality tires. To ensure the quality, compare the given tires and their traits with the manufacturer’s models.
Functionality and operational inspection
The best way to ensure you are buying quality compact tractor is to test drive it. Start the vehicle and pay attention to the signs of motor function. Listen for any cracking, hydraulics or hoses. Further, check the articulation point by driving tractor back and forth. All the moving parts of tractor should be properly greased and you shouldn’t feel any knocking or stops. This will give you the preview of articulation point, transmission slip and major pins functionality. Use steering to turn left and right or to maneuver a bit at the field to check for the functionality of the steering. Finally, inspect the cab to see if the size, design and equipment suits you. Also, check the doors and ventilation system of the cab.
As mentioned before, compact tractor is a big investment and machine should serve you for decades. Make sure to check the documentation and the contract and to seal the contract with all the aspects of the transaction cleared previously. Always require original manufacturer’s documentation from the current owner and the documentation proving any major intervention and reparation.