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Choosing A Utility Tractor
The farm tractor you use for plowing and tilling might be too large for chores that could be done with a smaller, efficient utility tractor. From mowing to manure handling, utility tractors give you a lot of bang for your buck. Most manufacturers offer a range of transmission and hydraulic options and a wide variety of attachments. So, before you make a large investment, know exactly what you need before signing on the dotted line.
Kent Brown is the senior product manager of ag tractors for Kubota. He says once you know how you will use the tractor, start by going to your local dealer, who will help you zero in on your options.
"We’re going to find out how many acres you have and what kind of work you want to do," says Brown. "Do you want to put in a garden or do some landscaping or do you want to mow down 15 acres of pasture or clean up some tree lines? Depending on what you want to do is going to depend on what tractor."
Horsepower is less than a full-size farm tractor, but it matters. Do some research on attachments you’ll be using, and how much horsepower your tractor will need to run them.
"Do you need a 4ft cutter on the back, do you need a 5ft cutter on the back, are you going to pull a disk with it? It really depends on what you need. One thing we don’t want to do is we don’t want us or a dealer to say, ok, you want to put a 6ft. cutter on it and sell you a tractor that’s too small," he says. "So, they need a 5ft. cutter, they’ve got a few acres they want to maintain, probably somewhere between our 35-45hp tractors are going to work very well."
Also consider your access to your local dealer. You may need them for tractor operation training, ongoing maintenance, and service.