Buying a used tractor is an investment, so it pays to be educated on the process. Luckily there are many helpful guides available online and in print that can help you make a smart buying decision. Before you embark on your search for the perfect used tractor, take some time to read through these tips and tricks!
When opting to buy a used tractor, buyers should remember that they are not buying a car and shouldn’t think from the mindset of someone purchasing one. However, unlike cars which might only be dependable for 10-15 years, tractors can last 30 years or more.
#1. Consider the age of the tractor
Deciding how old a tractor is and determining if it will be reliable enough for your needs can differ greatly depending on the type of equipment you are using the tractor to power. For instance, some types of farm machinery require tractors with more modern engines that use electronic fuel injection systems or four-wheel drive capabilities.
#2. Get a mechanic to inspect it before you buy
You need to mak e sure the tractor is working properly before buying it. Bring a mechanic with you if possible when looking at used tractors to ensure that everything from the engine to tires are in good condition, and also look for any signs of rust or cracked windshields which can cost hundreds of dollars in repairs after purchase.
#3. Inspect for rust and broken parts
These can become much more expensive to fix after buying the tractor than they would be in advance. Broken or cracked windshields are a common sign of rust, and will also need replacing before you can use it on your farm.
#4. Check that all fluids are full
In order to make a used tractor run at its best, you need to have the fluids levels in it topped up.
This includes oil and transmission fluid as well as brake fluid. If there’s not enough of these liquids then the engine will be running inefficiently which can affect how long it lasts for. You don’t want your new purchase breaking down on day one!
#5. Make sure there’s enough power in the engine
You will need to make sure that there is enough power in the engine, and check out what type of horsepower it has.
Again this will affect how long the tractor lasts for as a higher powered engine can work on more land than one with less. So if you’re buying something to plow your fields then take note!
Also think about whether or not you want all-wheel drive too – which might be helpful depending on where you live.
#6. Test drive it on different terrain, including hills and dirt roads
You might need to test drive it on different terrain, including hills and dirt roads.
This is important so you can be sure that the tractor will work properly for your needs.
The best way to do this is to ask at a dealership if they have a closed-off area with all types of land – which might make things easier!
Many people don’t realise this step in buying used tractors but it’s a really good idea because there could be something wrong with the engine or transmission that only becomes apparent when driving offroad.
7. Find out how much fuel is needed per hour
Fuel consumption can have a big impact on your total costs.
So, find out how much fuel is needed per hour in the different conditions you’ll be operating it under (again this will depend where you live).
Then, look at what type of power train the tractor has – diesel or gas – and then see if there are ways to reduce consumption and save money.
There are a few things that can be done here: for example you could trade-in for a more efficient engine; install aerators which reduces drag while driving; use tires with less resistance like those made from natural rubber instead of synthetic material…the list goes on!
You might not have to do all these steps but just picking one would make an improvement!