There are a certain things to consider, if you want to purchase a tractor for your farm. Firstly, decide the purpose for which you will be using the tractor. There is difference between a tractor used for mowing and the one used to power the snow blower on the driveway. In case of farm use, plowing decides the tractor size. Know whether you want a two bottom or a three-bottom plow. Ideal situation is considering 15 horsepower for each bottom and move ahead accordingly.
Different implements require varied power. Harrowing needs less power compared to grinding. Therefore, if you are starting a new farm, choose your tractor and the implements respectively. Also, consider the machinery. Hook ups with dual remote hydraulic are necessary. Power take off is an important factor. Do not consider old tractors without power take off. Most of the implements use 1000 rpm PTOs.
Choose a tractor with live hydraulics system. It is great for a loader. Some of them even use one-way hydraulic system. A three-point hitch is the finest for all the purposes. There are also some lift hitches available with three-point style and some extra points. Three point lifts can be made for different tractors and are worth the investment for a tractor without lift.
As the age, the brand name and the model are equally important, the reason being the parts availability. You need not be afraid of buying old tractors. Their parts are also easily available and the tractors are working well for their owners. There are also tractors for sale by owner. Cost is another major consideration. You can bargain at the farm auctions, but it is all up to you, worse or best. If a dealer is involved in buying, the price is high, but the risk is low and financing is easily available.
Condition of the vehicle is also important. Watch for the following things –
Tread depth remaining
Welded repairs or breaks
Excessive engine smoke
Certain extra equipment or features can make your life easier and may suit better. Following items can be considered, but will add an extra cost.
Air conditioning and heating
Dual rear wheels
LPG, gasoline or diesel engine
Wide front end
Three point hitch
Power shifts and hydrostatic
Every farmer knows what to buy and what he or she need. They also inspect the tractor before finalizing one. A few agricultural inspection tips for the tractor are –
Body of the tractor
Condition of tires
Powers take off shaft
Ask at auction site for inspection logs, maintenance and work orders all through the time. They can also give you the valuable information on the repairs performed. You can also get the seller’s information in personal at the auction. Use the above tips and get ready to bid for your tractor.