Managing Expectations Regarding Industrial Equipment

3 Tips For First-Time Tractor Buyers

If you have recently purchased land of considerable acreage that you want to cultivate, you will need access to equipment that is likely much larger than anything you have owned in the past.

One of the most basic pieces of large equipment you will need to purchase is a tractor. Buying your first tractor can be a daunting task, but keep these three tips in mind to help you narrow your search and find the tractor that will best meet your needs as you start to work your land.

1. Identify Your Priorities

It's important that you have a basic list of your priorities before you head to a tractor dealer. You will need to determine if road grading or field mowing is more important to the overall vision you have for your property. You will also need to determine the types of crops you plan to cultivate, as well as your intended harvest technique.

A tractor dealer like Bane-Welker Equipment can use these priorities to help steer you toward a tractor that is equipped with the horsepower range, hydraulic capacity, and lifting capacity to accomplish your priority tasks with ease.

Knowing your priorities can also make it easier for you to identify the tractor implements that you will need to invest in over time.

2.  Measure Your Access Points

If you have purchased land that is already equipped with fencing, barns, or shed structures, you will need to carefully measure the access points for these amenities. The last thing you want to do is get your new tractor home and discover that you can't park it in your barn or shed because the doorway is too narrow.

Having accurate access point measurements can help you find a tractor that is powerful enough to meet your work needs, yet small enough to fit through existing access points so that you don't have to spend additional money building new fences or outbuildings.

3. Limit Your Amenities

Modern tractors can be equipped with a wide range of amenities designed to improve the comfort of the operator. These amenities are nice, but they will add to the purchase price of your tractor.

Carefully consider which amenities are necessary for efficiency. Having an enclosed cab can be beneficial if you live in a cooler climate. Headlights can extend your workday. Heating and air conditioning can make it easier for you to spend long hours working your fields.

Try to limit the amenities on your tractor to those that are absolutely essential if you want to minimize cost.