How to Care for Your Compact Tractor


James WhiteThe heart of a home is the kitchen, but the heart of your homestead is your tractor. Tractors are used for everything from hauling heavy loads to harvesting crops. In an emergency, a tractor is so heavy duty it'll go places where your pickup truck wouldn't dare tread. As good as a tractor is, however, it'll only take as good care of you as you take care of it.

To start with, you have to choose a tractor.

Choosing a Tractor

Rules of the road: The bigger the tractor, the more expensive it'll be. For a homesteader, bigger isn't always better; and most of us get along just fine with a compact tractor. Before you buy just any tractor, make sure you know exactly what you need it for.

When I started out, I only had 10 acres, so I didn't need the biggest tractor on the market. Talk to other homesteaders and consult with your tractor dealer over the right size tractor for you.

Many tractors have options for attachments and tools to help you along. You don't need to buy them all at once, so tell your banker to calm down; you don't have to empty your bank account just yet. However, it's important to set yourself up with the proper tools to drive your farm towards success.

7/21/2015 8:06:03 AM

James, so far my endevours have not required a tractor. I'm a urban vacant lot gardener. I grew up on a farm so I know that maintenence is key in keeping the equipment functioning when it's needed the most. All your information is spot on the money. Great information for those starting out in homesteading. I don't have any aspirations of expanding to the need of a tractor but I still am fascinated by them. ***** Have a great tractor maintenance day.

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