Whether you are a first-time buyer or looking to upgrade your compact utility tractor to a newer model, a little homework can go a long way when it comes to finding the right model at the right price point, especially when there are 22 different John Deere models to choose from. Whether you plan to use your CUT for plowing snow during the harsh Minnesota winters, or use it regularly for daily chores, here are 4 things to consider before buying.
How do you plan on using your tractor?
This may seem like the most obvious question, but planning for all of the different scenarios you might use your compact for, as well as the attachments you will need can help in determining the right model and the right budget. Having a good understanding of what you want your tractor to do helps narrow down the frame size and HP requirements you will need. Take into consideration things like:
- How will you primarily use the tractor? (mowing grass, plowing snow, planting food plots, landscaping, etc.)
- How large is your property?
- What type of terrain do you have? (do you have hills, narrow spaces, or wooded areas to navigate)
You’ll notice a significant jump in loader capacity in the 2-4 series as compared to the 1 series, a sizable difference in ground clearance (typically 12 inches) and obviously an increase in horsepower with these models.
Don’t forget about attachments and implements
If your top need for your tractor is to lift 1500lbs, you probably do not want to buy a smaller HP machine. Knowing your tractors limits and capabilities will make your operating experience more enjoyable and keep your tractor running at peak performance for many years.
- What size attachments can I expect to run? (PTO HP, lifting capacity)
- Do you see yourself running more than one attachment at a time?
- Is there required add on parts needed to run a specific attachment?
Keep in mind that different types of implements require different amounts of horsepower, so keeping implements and attachments in mind when purchasing can save you the pain of having a piece of equipment not quite strong enough to do what you want it to.
Are there any big changes coming in the foreseeable future?
Dan Vogt, Location Manager for Midwest Machinery in Wadena MN, says “Sometimes customers buy a tractor that fits an immediate project they have, but two years down the road they purchase additional property or expand their operation and they now need a bigger tractor.” Don’t forget to keep in mind future goals you might have like increasing the number of acres you work or increasing the number of livestock, horses or poultry your operation supports.
Take a test drive before you buy
Especially if you are a first-time buyer or looking to upgrade to a different model, the last and one of the most important things you should consider before purchasing a Compact Tractor is to test drive it.
- Get hands-on with the equipment
- Bring anyone else who might regularly drive the tractor with you
- Know how each attachment works, and how they are removed and installed.
- Test driving lets you find the right tractor for the right job.
Maintaining and Servicing your Compact Utility Tractor
Once you have your sights set and purchase a John Deere Compact Utility Tractor that’s right for you, don’t forget to keep maintenance and servicing your equipment a top priority. Regular, consistent servicing can improve the trade-in value of your equipment and help prevent costly break downs. Many large dealers (like Midwest Machinery Co.) offer service maintenance programs that can ensure that you equipment runs at peak performance all year long.
Ready to kick the tires?
Schedule a test drive at a Midwest Machinery location today to experience first-hand the power and versatility of a John Deere Compact Utility Tractor.