Compact Utility Tractors
Compact UTILITY tractors
It is understandable that with the mention of the word tractor, most people associate it with large tracts of land like those big farms you see on post cards or on a road trip. There is some truth in that association but it only applies to a certain size of tractors.
Combined harvester for your garden?
There are small tractors that are great for a few acres of land, down to a sizable lawn. It would be quite a site to see something the size of a combined harvester trying to maneuver itself around a small garden, wouldn’t it? That is why there are compact tractors. These are not only good for plowing but they can be modified to do a range of activities from moving manure to clearing snow and digging post holes with just a few attachments.
Making the choice
This all sounds great but not every compact utility tractor will be the right fit for your patch of land. Therefore, you will need to look into a few factors before making your choice:
1. Lawn or small farm?
If you are simply handling a couple of acres of grass every other weekend then you may just need a lawn tractor or a garden tractor which come with a few handy attachments like snow blowers but don’t have the power and dynamism of a compact tractor.
If you have a lot of brush and pasture along with livestock and a large garden or two on your land, then you have something of a small farm. The compact tractor will generate the horse-power needed for all the heavy lifting required. It has two-speed transmissions, power take off and three-point hitch and is a four-wheel drive, all of which make movement quite efficient.
2. Speaking of transmission…
If you grew up on a farm, visited one or just watched a lot of movies with tractors in them, you are guaranteed to have seen a tractor lurching along a dirt road. It made driving a tractor look like a lot of hard work.
And it is! Most tractors had manual transmission back then and that can be hard to handle at slow speeds around a patch of land. Nowadays, you still have to know what you are doing to handle even the small tractors but most tractors have now been fitted with continuously variable transmissions (CVTs) which operate like an automatic transmission. CVTs have the added advantage of powering the various attachments you may need on your tractor.
3. Horse-power versus Torque
When it comes to farming, we are less concerned about horsepower and more concerned with torque. Horsepower is about keeping the vehicle moving once it is at a certain speed, which does not really take that much effort.
On the other hand, torque is the power needed to get the stationary object to move, especially if your tractor has a heavy load. It also refers to the rotational power of the engine that powers the attachments.
Therefore, what you need is an engine with more torque to better power your attachments for less fuel consumption and less engine wear.
Fotontractors.co.uk is a good place to start looking if you are in the UK or France and looking for a compact tractor or attachments