1. Your Property
When you’re first looking into buying a tractor, the best place to start is remembering the environment you’ll be working in. This means knowing the terrain and size of your property, as well as any of the obstacles and projects that you'll be taking on in your new machine. Some questions to ask are:
- What am I looking to do on my property? (ie. clear brush, move heavy items, dig, level property, etc.)
- What does the terrain look like? (ie. are there hills, brush, trees, or other obstacles?)
- How large is my property?
- What type of weather do you experience (ie. lots of rain, hot temps, snow)
- Any livestock or pets?
2. Your Use Case:
Next, run through how you’ve been using your current piece of equipment or hope to use your first piece of equipment. Ask yourself how often you plan to utilize your tractor and who will have access to it. This can help you find similar models to your current machine and bypass models that might not fit into your current usage.
- What are you using to get the job done currently?
- Who will be using this equipment?
- How often on a weekly basis are you planning on using your tractor?
- Are there any jobs you're looking to simplify?
3. Your Preferred Functions:
You now know the environment and what you currently use, but you still need to narrow it down to a few models. Having specific preferences regarding functionality and features can make the decision much easier and help guide you to the tractor that checks every box on your list.
- How big (weight/size) are the projects you're planning?
- Are there additional tasks you'd like your new tractor to do?
- Are there specific attachments you currently use or hope to use?
- Do you see yourself using multiple implements at once?
4. Your Extras:
The final factor to keep in mind is the different attachments and accessories that go along with a new machine. This includes things such as seat type, detachable cabs, and add-ons. Keeping these last few things in mind will make sure that you don’t miss out on any additions that you’re looking for in a new tractor.
- Are you looking for comfort/attachable features?
- Do you like to work on/tinker with your equipment?
- Do you see yourself changing out features such as tire type?