A Quick Guide to Compact Tractors

This article will discuss some of the more technical details you should look at when purchasing a compact tractor. It will cover everything from the amount of horsepower you’ll need to the specific functions and features. Hopefully by the end of reading this you’ll have a better idea of how to choose the right mini tractor for your needs. If you’re not experienced with these machines choosing the right one can be a difficult and daunting task.

The first thing you need to make sure of is that the tractor you choose has enough power for the tasks you want to undertake. If this basic requirement is not met your machinery will be rendered useless. This is why it is generally recommended to go for a little more power than you actually need. This is because each terrain and piece of towed machinery will be slightly different. So you may need a little bit more/less power than the stated amount. Generally having a 5 horse power margin is a good measure to use.

The next thing to look at is what functions the tractor you’re looking at has. Because you’ll need different types of compact tractor for certain tasks. For example, if you’re going to be maintaining ground or cutting grass you will want to get a hybrid machine. That is a machine that’s half way between a ride on mower and a full tractor.

However if you’re wanting to actively “work” the ground or perform more heavy duty ground care work you’ll want a compact tractor with a PTO mechanism. PTO stands for power take off; it basically means that you can power machinery from the energy generated by the tractor’s engine. This means you can easily use heavy duty machinery that is towed behind or pushed in front. There is no need for an independent motor or engine because the power is easily transferred.

Another aspect/feature to look at is whether you need a lift on your tractor. A lift is a function where by you can move a certain function of the tractor within a 90 degree scope. This is most often used for tipping out grass collection boxes. When cutting and collecting grass on a large scale the task of emptying the collector becomes vast. Therefore some form of mechanical assistance is necessary to make the job manageable. A lot of users will use these grass cuttings to create compost or mulch. This gives a secondary use to what would otherwise be wasted excess debris.