How to Get the Most From Your Agricultural Equipment


James WhiteUnfortunately, getting the most out of the machines and equipment you buy for your farm isn’t as simple as forking over your money in exchange for the items.

While it’s true that you do have to buy the right machines for the jobs you have, you also need to know how to use your equipment and how to take care of it. With that knowledge, you can realize the highest returns on your investments.


Let’s take a look at five ways you’ll get the most from your farm equipment:

  1. Don’t Buy More Equipment Than You Need

Though you might be tempted to buy the strongest, most powerful machines on the market, there’s a good chance you won’t need those kinds of juggernauts to get the job done on your property. For example, most could probably get by with a 25 to 30 horsepower tractor on a smaller farm that grows vegetables. On the other hand, grain farmers probably need machines that are powered by closer to 100 ponies.

In addition to spending more money than necessary by buying a machine that’s too big for your needs, you should also remember that the wrong piece of equipment will make it that much harder to get the job done. 

5/19/2015 7:36:42 AM

My concern (or complaint) is that many of the companies making smaller tractors have increased the horsepower while downsizing the size of the tractors. There are many makes and models with 30+ horsepower with a 1500 pound gross weight. They have far more power than they are capable of utilizing, and more importantly, utilizing safely.

5/18/2015 9:41:31 AM

Good post, and a good one to refer to when you're a beginner, or someone who's had industrial equipment for years and are looking for maintenance tips. One thing that a lot of people don't consider is buying used equipment. My grandfather had his own farm in Utah, and his bobcat lasted him decades. He took meticulous care in making sure they were used properly and maintained regularly. It makes a world of difference. Thanks for sharing.

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