What Is the Best Brand of Compact Tractor?
As you can guess, that could open up a can of worms. What I’m going to tell you first is that there are eleven brands of compact tractors currently available in North America.
- New Holland (Case is also part of the CNH family and not big on compacts, so both offer similar product painted a different color)
- Massey Ferguson
- RK (offered through the Rural King Farm Store Dealership and built by Tym.)
So, Which One Do You Pick?
Well, first off, most tractor companies offer a kind of entry-level tractor or a no-frills tractor which they advertise at a low price. ( This may even mean no quick attach on your tractor. We can fix that with our large selection of quick attach conversion kits.) Then they offer a deluxe tractor, too. Now, they’ll probably sell way more of the no-frills tractor than they will the deluxe tractor. In fact, in some cases you may not even be able to drive the deluxe tractor because they may not have it in stock on their lot.
The most important thing to know is what the differences are between the bare-bones tractor and the deluxe tractor. If you’re shopping for a tractor, just go into the dealership and look at their no-frills model. Then ask if they have a deluxe version of that model. Ask what the differences are, and the dealer will tell you.
If you decide to keep your costs low, you can always add things later on. For example, if you want to add front end loader grapples, tree shears, or manure forks, we offer a hydraulic diverter valve that lets you do that even without hydraulic ports on the tractor’s front end.
Now, personally, I would probably be happy with any of these eleven brands if I got their Deluxe tractors. There are some features on the deluxe tractors that I really like, and would miss on the no-frills tractor. But if you don’t use the tractor very much–maybe you just run a brush hog around the field a little bit– the no-frills tractor may be just exactly what you want. But personally, I would want the deluxe tractor.
I can say that the quality of those eleven brands is really close. Some are built in Korea, some are built in Japan. The Korean product has come a long way, and it’s very close to the Japanese product in quality.
So what to buy? In my opinion, if all the brands are pretty close to the same, I say find a dealer you like and that you trust will be there in ten years to take care of you. Buy what they’re selling. That will end up being the best compact tractor for you.
And by the way, don’t forget maintenance whatever tractor you purchase. We’ve got the best, no-mess grease guns and grease, and a good selection of tools and maintenance products to make your work easier and safer.
I might add that if you are planning on spraying from your tractor, you need to check out our three point sprayers, which are, quite simply, the best on the market. Innovative, convenient and built for long life and safety, I highly recommend them.
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I am starting to look at these for purchase. I have access to larger tractors, but want something I can use now at my house, on my projects/construction/landscaping, etc. Then use at my retirement home on my land in a few years. I tend to agree with your assessment above, but the hard part is trying to find the differences online. Do you have any suggestions on good info / comparisons of some of these? I have access to MF, JD, Landini, and grew up working the old Farmall SuperM,M and H tractors. I appreciate the input.
It’s been a while since I’ve been online comparing tractor models, back six years ago, when I was in the dealership world, Deere had the best side-by-side comparison of models on their website. I’d bet the other manufacturers have caught up. The funny thing about Deere was, if their tractor didn’t win in a certain spec category, they’d just leave that information out! I’ve never seen one tractor win all spec categories but the way Deere had it set up they always won. I’d check corporate sites and read some tractor forum…one of the best resources is to have the dealer give you three names of people who own the exact tractor you’re looking at and call them and see what they think of it. Good luck!
I’m looking at a LS but here they have a lot of problems and inexperienced mom and pop dealers that can’t give service
I agree, I have had several issues with my LS, called another state away, they never called me back. Thinking about scrapping mine and salvaging what I can and getting a bigger name brand with a local dealer with a good service reputation
I am looking for a tractor for regular but light manure/bedding handling, compost turning/dirt moving, and possibly brush hog a few acres or move some small boulders (not a oriority). The JD dealers/repairs in this area are horrible. Don’t know a single small farm that uses one. I’m new to these other than watching. Do you have any recs?
Mike, Dealer support is very important to selecting a tractor brand. Waiting weeks for simple parts being shipped from overseas, is ridiculous. I have found Kubota is the best with dealer support with John Deere running a close second. I have owned both and currently own a Kubota B2710 and a Mahindra 4530. I will be in the market soon to replace the Mahindra and I will look no further than Kubota.
Stay away from the Massey Ferguson 1739 here they are no good I want to nothing but problems and problems and problems. On the regeneration to the front end to the hydraulics. Don’t know if this helps but I wish I would’ve never bought it
don’t buy an LS I bought one new in October, it’s been in the shop s for 8weeks. dealership can’t figure out what is wrong with it. corporate is fairly unresponsive. paid over 23k and no tractor for 2months.
I want a compact in 25-34 HP range. I hate the forward and reverse pedals! I want the hand shuttle and with a foot throttle. Do you know which brands may have this available?
I would suspect that just about all the brands have a shuttle available. They may not all have both a standard shuttle and a power shuttle (which doesn’t require clutching), but I’d almost bet everyone has a non-hydro transmission available in that horsepower range.
Had a Deere D170 engine went in 7 hears. I have 1 acre. I purchased a cub cadet cut the grass with it 2 times and took it back. Bought a husquarvna and hate the way it cuts and it is also a jerky ride. I cut on the highest setting and I cut once a week more if necessary. And it leaves clumps of grass every strip I cut. Very uneven cut. I hate it
i use an x mark lazer. zero turn, w 60″ deck and 24 HP. it cuts ANYTHING like a beast. i keep 4 acres of heavy grass. sometimes i can’t mow and it grows to about 2ft high. it goes right thru it and leaves a beautiful clean cut. discharge throws cuttings 12 ft from deck. i have used all manor of tractor and bush hogs. kubota L2450 with a woods finish 3pt rear. it couldn’t hold a candel to how well this zero turn preforms. and on less fuel and easier on my body. i was a skeptic till one was available to try. i will use nothing else now. very well made machine. pricy but worth it. mine is a 2007 model and needed a hydro drive unit replaced when i bought it. paid 3k for mower another 3k for hydro unit and worth every penny! it took me 1 day to do the same work that the tractors took three to finish. and the bush hog and finish mower left clumps. i run outside in now to mulch and move all cuttings to a central pile.no raking and clean. mower can handle cutting and high grass. other tractor we used was a 21hp yanmar w shutle shift and 4 speed pto. bush hog or woods finish deck just taxed it to death. this z turn made my life easier and my property beautiful again.
I am looking to purchase a tractor for home use and landscaping, tilling, raking etc. My choices are the Massey Ferguson 1726e or Kubota L2501. Your thoughts? Costumer service is equal. Thank you.
Jayson, You won’t go wrong with either tractor. I used to work for Massey and I’ve fought Kubota all of my sales career so I’m partial to Massey, but Kubota wouldn’t be the market leader if they didn’t do a lot of things right. I’d be happy with both tractorsMike
i have a mahindra 2310 with 1800 hours had no problem and i run it hard bought it new,and if i was going to buy a new tractor i would stay with mahinda
I have a Mahindra 2555 shuttle 4WD w loader that I purchased new. I’ve had it for 3 years and cannot recommend it, I’ve had it in the shop every year (3) that I’ve owned it. Lots of things I don’t like. This is the third tractor I have owned and I won’t be buying another Mahindra. Yes, I have religiously kept up w recommended maintenance
I think you’re a wishy-washy commentator who tries not to step on anyone’s toes. This may be good for you, but all we want is truth. I have a 25 yr old Deere 322 with a yanmar 3cyl gas engine. I think it’s one of the best ever made. My friend has a late model Deere that has an engine problem the dealer says can’t be fixed. New engine around 1100 bux. What’s really going on here?
Thanks for the comment Pete. You’re certainly entitled to your opinion. What I’m doing is good for me and I’ll continue in that direction. If you’d like to start a YouTube channel and critically evaluate the older tractors versus the new I’d probably subscribe. I’d say there’s a need for that. Good luck and have a great day!
Im trading in my 1961 Ford 4500 backhoe on the MF 1725, I want small, I can move and I can use and move to my summer camp in the 1000 islands and towing my self behind my Silverado 2500 HD from Ithaca NY.
I am looking at a Kioti CK2601h Hystat tractor. I saw another one that was a Kioti CK2610G-TL 4×4 tractor. What is the difference and am will I see much difference between the two. I was also looking at the smaller size 2510HB Hystat and noticed the lift capacity is 1200 compared to 1600 with the 2610. What do you suggest?
George, The CK2610-H is hydrostat, the CK2610G-TL is a shuttle. Watch this video for an explanation of the different transmissions: https://youtu.be/xzdqA6NlXO0. My recommendation is to get the biggest tractor you can afford. Once you’re a tractor owner you’ll always want the next biggest size. That’s normal. Good luck!Mike
Hello I m looking to buy a kioti 2410 for arourd the house work Is it a Good tractor I own 1984 kubota b6100 Thanks
I don’t have personal experience with that particular model, but when I was in the dealership world prior to 2014, we sold Kioti Tractors, and at that time it was a very good product and the company backed them up extremely well. I haven’t heard that anything has changed, and if I were shopping for a new tractor they’d be on the list of considerations. I would have no qualms about owning their product.
Tractor Mike my 2cents on branson I bought a 05 branson 3510i 3 cyl shuttle shift it has been a great tractor and if it blew up and burned tommorow I could not be mad at it I have over used and abused this poor tractor it looks far worse for wear scratches cracks in the plastic but I’ve over used it for years the biggest problem I have is dealer there was a dealer close but he just sold branson till the big blue tractor came out with subcompact then he dropped branson dealers In my area ar like 75 miles away but branson is a heavier weight tractor
I was about to pull the trigger on a kioti 4010hst cab when I checked the Branson. They have a 4810 hst cab version that appears bigger and has 48 HP and greater lift 4 less money. Intent is land clearing 2 to 10 or more acre tracts while avoiding poison plants… and doing mowing /bush hogging/dirt work… during retirement. Any suggestions between those 2 tractors?
I have a lot of experience with Kioti and none with Branson. I used to sell Kioti and had really good luck with them, they’re well built tractors and the company backs them up well, so I’m a little prejudiced. I’ve met a few people in the Branson world and they seem very customer-focused, but I just don’t know anything about their product. Sorry I’m not much help!
Ok… Maybe too late but I would advise to stay away from cab and cab air tractors. Get a good canopy with a fab. Much easier too fox, work on, and cheaper to replace. Also, new branson owner 5835 Branson. Only 20 hours on it but have been satisfied and happy.
Thomas, I don’t have any personal experience with LS. They have to be doing something right because they sell a lot of tractors, but I just haven’t been around them enough to give you good guidance.
Michael, I saw them up close and personal in Louisville and discussed them in this video: https://youtu.be/V7sDkjmDAFI. They’re made by Daedong, parent company of Kioti and are going to be real similar to their offering.
Good day Mike, I own 100 acres and most of it is hilly. I am looking to purchase a 50-60 HP compact tractor but it really needs to able to work on hill sides as well as have a cab. I need a tractor with a low center of gravity with a large lift capacity on the loader. I have dealers for branson, run, rk tractors, john deere, yanmar, case, massey ferguson, mahindra, kiot, McCormick and kubota all with in 45 mins or so from me. Out of those tractor companies do you know who might offer something that will fit the bill…. I would not even mind a industrial tractor if has 3point and loader with cab… We have several miles of trails that need maintained and we need to be able to plant, bush hog and clear land as well.
To operate safely, as safely as possible, I have done the following to my cab equipped Kubota B3350. Fluid in the rear tires, welded up a trailer hitch and bolted under front end. Place old brake discs on this,about 125 lbs total. All of this was done to lower the center of gravity. Also installed rear spacers on the rear hubs, this widened the track by about three and a half inches. I used kubota spacers. You need to be careful as column bending stress varies with the square of the unsupported length. Since kubota provided them I assumed they would not increase stress on the axels beyond the engineered specs. I also take the FEL off when using it on steep slopes. Summary: weight as low as possible and stance as wide as possible seasoned with a good helping of caution!
When you look at manufacture web sites it list tractor weight and ground clearance lift cap of loader and pro lift I have a branson I’ve had for 15 years but when I check specs on new tractors the branson is usually 500 to 1000 lbs heavier on equal models higher lift cap front and rear just my 2 cents
I’m also looking at Bobcat 2035 hydro. Seems pretty sold and well priced. Running a deal right now by my dealer. Buy tractor get front loader free. Have a John Deer will most likely be switching this month.
I am looking for a compact tractor 30 HP (give or take) with loader not a lawn mower but a small tractor like my neighbor has( a 25 year old JD 950) can I find something with loader and front mounted snowblower, what brand of tractor should I look for. ThanksRobert
Robert, That’s a loaded question. I pretty much sum up all of my thoughts in this video: https://youtu.be/QS7TpfYvKXo. Good luck! Mike
I’m looking to buy my first tractor and only have about1/2-3/4 acres of workable land. Don’t have a lot of and, at some point in time, my neighbor and I are considering the 10 acre lot beside me. Any suggestions? I will not be needing a mowing deck but do need a pto.
Mike, I picked up a couple acres and am looking for a tractor to match. I am pretty much down to a Deere 3035D or a MF 1700 series with the shuttle shift. I would prefer to find one made in the US (with global materials of course) I can throw a rock and hit 5 Deere dealers near me. The big guys seem to use mostly Deere or Case here. Any thoughts?
Kevin, My best advice is to find a dealer that you get along with and trust, who’ll be there for you for the long haul, and buy what they’re selling. You won’t go wrong with any of those brandsMike
I am 80 years old in good health looking for a tractor to bushhog several acres with lots of blackberries vines and grass ,I do have the hay cut but still have several acres that just need con’t cutting around the bearing blackberries and just to keep the brush down.also have a pond to mow around, after my husband passed I sold the big tractor a Holland 35 just to big for me.what size tractor would be good for me? i keep up the mowing with a bad boy,weeding with a DR High wheel so do a lot of outside work.I want one with a bucket and a 4ft brush cutter.thanks
Ruth, My best advice is to go shopping and see what size tractor you’re comfortable with. Find a dealer that will take time to show you the different models and allow you to drive them and let them help you decide which size to get. Remember, the bigger the tractor you get, the less time it’ll take to get bush hogging done because you’ll be able to go to a wider cutter. Good luck!Mike
Ruth, My 84 year old grandmother has a Kubota BX2680 that she uses weekly around her horse farm. The tractor is hydrostatic, very easy to drive and more than capable of pulling a 4 foot rotary cutter. I was using it this weekend to mow tight areas that could not be reached with the John Deere 5510 and was super impressed. It chewed up everything I threw at it. I was rolling over weeds that were taller than me and the tractor kept on cutting. It is equipped with a small loader. We also use it to help with snow removal around the farm (snowblower attachment) and it works great. Im impressed every time I use it.
Mike, My family and I are going to try and get in the food plot game with a little bush hogging and box blading. We do have some hills on the property where this will be taking place. We have a Massey Ferguson dealer in our town and have been to see him and have decided that we would like to buy a product from him, but I was wondering if you could give me some input on if the bump up from the 1739E HST to the 1740M HST would be worth it. This tractor will probably only get close to 50-100 hrs put on it a year. I would greatly appreciated your input.
Kyle, I went on Massey’s website to compare the two models. Some differences I see…1) electric PTO engagement on the M versus mechanical on the E, 2) the M series doesn’t have a diesel particulate filter to meet Tier IV standards, 3) the M has an isolated floor mat to reduce noise 4) M has auto throttle, 5) M has cruise control, 6) M has extendable lower links 7) M has nice seat with armrests. Don’t know what the price difference is, but those are nice features if you’re on the tractor a lot. In the end, they’ll both get the same amount of work done. Good luck!Mike
Hello Mike, I read this conversation with an eye to what owners’ experiences have been with Kioti tractors. The Комментарии и мнения владельцев were positive, and I am going to visit the closest Kioti dealer and look closely at them. The dealer is not close, but the word is that kioti is adding more dealers over time, and the Kioti’s have good Комментарии и мнения владельцев on their reliability, and the dollars spent yield what looks like a good value. The CK2610 may be a little small for our 44 acres, but we will not be doing much on the acres with slopes. We will be doing mowing and disking and a fair amount of road creating and loader work. Would love a backhoe, and may be possible as Kioti’s price point appears lower than others. Still interested in owners’ feedback on reliability and how the Kioti’s hold up over time. Biggest other question is if a hydrostatic is the best option. Thanks for the forum.
Does a Ventrac fit anywhere in here? I’m looking for multipurpose homestead/hobby farm all in one kind of a deal. Mower, brush hog, loader and maybe a snow blower.
The biggest problem with compact tractors is people trying to do more than they are capable of. If you don’t beat them up like a lot of people then any of these models will last a long time. Get a bigger tractor if you plan on doing bigger jobs.
What make/model of tractor loader would you recommend for the following: I need backhoe and loader attachments to excavate about 6000 yds of sandy clay and use it as fill elsewhere on my property. Some of the depths will exceed 20, but I can stage the cuts to accommodate this. I am thinking 50-60 HP 4WD. I would also like to use this tractor and equipment for mowing, snow blowing, and surging for tree planting and post installation. My budget is under 35K for the tractor, backhoe and loader attachments, so I’ll consider used and new. Someone recommended I stay away from hydrostatic. Michael
Hi Mike,I have a 2007JD 2305 with 495 hrs.Transmission went out and estimate is 5 k to fix.One part needed isn’t available anywhere so Deere has to machine it.My dealer is telling me that John Deere won’t make a commitment on when it will b made.Already been 6 weeks.Im told it could b 2 months and maybe longer.Has to b fixed!Looking at a Boomer 35 38 HP.Whats your take on this tractor?
Jeff, That series of tractors had just been introduced when I left the dealership world. I just don’t know that much about them. Sorry to be no help!Mike
I have the older version (2013) of the CT230 (30 HP). It’s just a Kioti (CK30 i think) painted white. Pretty good tractor. I like it a lot. I do all kinds of stuff with it. Rough cut mowing, garden/shelter belt tilling, landscaping, post-hole digging, box blading the lane. Probably the biggest job I tackled was cut down a large hump in the back yard by about 3 feet by 50 feet long.
We live on 40 acres. Seven acres of woods, 19.1 of CRP, the rest pasture, lawn and hay. Started with a Kubota BX 2200, FEL. 54 mmm, and a 4 ft brush hog. Used it for 1980 hrs. Spent only 106 on repairs, on the tractor in that time. I don’t count oil, filters, antifreeze as repairs. Replaced it with a B2710 because I was feeling that I was asking more of the BX than I should. I certainly admired the way the little mutt met my demands. The B 2710 had 1048 hrs on it when I traded for it. FEL, 72 in mmm, and a 5 ft brush hog. I had to have the injector pump rebuilt, because the previous owners weren’t careful with their fuel. Also had to replace sone hoses on the FEL because the previous owners stored it outside, none of my machinery is stored outside. Put 950 hrs on the B2710, Then traded it for a B3350 that had 309 hrs and obviously was used by people who didn’t understand how to live with a DPF tier 4 beast. I now have 529 hrs on it and like it and the cab. I traded the B2710 solely because my lungs needed to get filtered air.
Mike: this comment concerns the drainage ditch bank slope on your driveway. I’m a retired engineer and I have to agree with the gentlemen that recommended, heavy equipment and redo the the slopes. French drains have about a 20 yr. useable life, due to the build up of organic material in the gravel. Sorry I can’t offer a better alternative.
Vance, Thanks for taking time to reply. I’m getting a lot of negative Комментарии и мнения владельцев on the French drain. I think it’s out of the picture. Again, I appreciate your response!Mike
I have two acres and am nearly 70. Would like a tractor to move a little gravel, dirt, and compost; might want to till or use forks. Used Yanmar’s seem to be reasonably priced compared to most other makes. You mentioned deluxe models, what are the key deluxe features I should look for? Are there features I should be looking for or avoiding when looking at a used Yanmar? Any other advice appreciated.
I currently have a 2010 NH Boomer 3040 HST tractor that does an excellent job on our small horse farm. The only thing that would make things better would be a cab for summer and winter use in Maryland. Recently I found a 2013 NH Boomer 3040 with a cab that has the CVT transmission. Any thoughts on the CVT setup on this tractor? I have read multiple reviews where people either love it or hate it…not much in between. I also understand that there is much more computerization with the CVT setup. Thanks in advance.
Dave, I was working at a New Holland dealership when those came out and we sold a few of them. My biggest complaint was how complicated they were. We had some warranty issues with one of them that may have been related to operator error, but the rest seemed to do fine once the owner got over the learning curve. If you can get all the controls figured out, there’s a lot that the transmission can do. One thing I do know, and this scared me a little, you can do significant damage by towing one. If you ever got one stuck and tried to pull it out with another vehicle, there’s a process you have to go through to let the transmission freewheel, otherwise it’s bad…
I looking at buying a new tractor i see these rural king tractors is it worth the money savings in the long run for parts avalibility and for service after the sale(warranty) or is it better off to stick with know name brand that is proven
Fred, tough to know now, they’ve just been in the business about three years. If they’re still going strong in 20 years offering parts and service support at all of their stores, then it was worth the money. From where I stand it’s a little early to know for sure.
Mike, I own a M6800 DT Kubota tractor for several years and it has been a great tractor and I am looking to purchase a Yanmar next, 359C with all the bells and whistles. I could purchase another Kubota if you were going to pick between the two which one would you take?
Mike, As I told you earlier I am purchasing the last tractor for my lifetime. I have watched your videos and I am getting a Yanmar YT359C. The dealer that I am using is Tractor Bob, OKC, “Great Guy”. He has asked me which tires do I want R4 or AG, in your videos you speak to this subject. I have chosen the R4 for now, which tire do you prefer. I am still questioning myself on these tires. Whichever tire I purchase it is going to have the Rim-Guard applied to it.
Hi, I am shopping for a compact basic tractor and hesitate between Kioti and Mahindra, like the ck2610 m1626, ck 3510 vs m 1635, ck4010 vs m 1640 an the dk4510 vs m 4540, all 4WD with manual transmission. Anyone can help with an advice ?
When choosing a tractor, a person needs to take into account the availability of parts, dealer service, reviews and hope that they do not get a lemon as apparently a brand may be good but perhaps the assemblers were having a bad day. The dealer should check over the tractor and make sure everything works right. I do like my New Holland 3050 in many ways but the dealer that sold it I found out wasn’t on the ball and missed a ridiculous number of things. With the loader on the tractor which has a cab though, the engine oil filter change and oil level check is not nearly as easy as it should be. I put a larger sized battery on it and cut off a piece of metal that was welded on right under a hole for the radiator cock drain so I could put a plastic tube on the drain cock and directed into a container. otherwise the coolant would just run all over basically and could not be caught.
And article entitled “What Is the Best Brand of Compact Tractor?” which doesn’t tell me your opinion of What Is the Best Brand of Compact Tractor!! That’s 5 minutes of my life I’ll never get back.
I believe they’re assembled in Augusta, Georgia, but a big part of the powertrain is probably a unit when it gets there and is made in Japan by Yanmar.
Hi Tractor Mike We own a 10 1/2 acre property, mostly sand, some pasture and a lot of trees. We’re getting tired of hiring people with tractors and ready to purchase our own Tractor. It’s going to be used for Bush Hogging, moving Hay Rolls/Bails, moving Sand and lifting some logs. We shopped around and found reputable, very nice dealers and narrowed out choice down to two models. Can you help us to make our final decision ? Here are the 2 Models in question : Bobcat CT2040 ( manuel shift ) KUBOTA L3560HSTLE 4WD I would appreciate your advice. Thank You, Hansi Nufer
Hansi, Just about every manufacturer offers a tractor that I’d be happy to own, and I don’t recommend particular brands. I think it’s more important to find a dealer that you trust and gel with, form a relationship with them, and get what they’re selling. I currently own a New Holland and I know the guys at the old dealership where I used to work would take care of me if I had a major issue with it. I inherited a Massey Ferguson, and there’s an excellent dealer for them about 25 miles from here. Those two dealerships are more important to me than the tractors. The best tractor in the world with no support has limited value. Most companies offer a deluxe tractor and a “bargain” tractor. They’ll advertise the bargain tractor to get you in the door, many times the deluxe tractor is really what you want. On any brand, have the salesman show you what you lose with the bargain tractor and then decide whether it’s worth it to try to save a little money or not. You’ll tend to get it back on the backside with resale value, so get what you want. I used to think the Japanese-origin compacts were better than Korean. I think that has changed and the Koreans have mostly caught up. If pricing were equal though, I’d still buy Japanese. Deere’s, Kubota, and some Mahindra’s originate from Japan. Deere is built by Yanmar, Kubota builds their own, and Mahindra owns part of Mitsubishi and their deluxe tractors come from them. Massey Fergusons are Japanese, made by Shibaura, who made the New Holland I own and they’re excellent. LS and New Holland are virtually identical products now and are Korean built. When I left the dealership world, New Holland had just changed from Shibaura as their supplier to LS and I have almost no experience with those tractors. Two other brands that I don’t know much about are TYM and Branson, both from Korea. Kioti is Korean and I used to sell them and if nothing has changed since 2014, they’re excellent. They make their engines as well. The Bobcat tractor is almost identical to Kioti because it’s made by them. The “bargain” Mahindras are made by TYM and, again, I don’t have much experience with them. If you’re shopping with a dealer who has both a bargain tractor and deluxe, or two brands, ask the salesperson what they would buy and why. If you’re worried about taking a risk, have them give you the names of some customers who have bought the exact model you’re looking at and call them to see what they think. Good luck!Mike
When testing different tractors we much preferred the JD style separate forward and reverse pedals. A big rocker pedal like a kubota or new holland stunk. And the kubota started like it was.20C but it was 20C that day. My 02
Does anyone have any experience with the Summit tractors? They have a air-ride seat and front and back third points and weighted wheels standard.
One difference I have noticed being a ct235 owner the Bobcat parts. fluids and filters are much more expensive than the kioti for the same parts. l usually buy the kioti parts for my Bobcat since the warranty has long expired being a 2007 that being said the Bobcat is a good tractor.
Farmmaster 1.25m Compact Tractor PTO Flail Mower. FL-125
The Farmmaster 1.25m Compact PTO Tow Behind Flail Mower. FL-125 is a great flail mower for compact tractors.
This machine has passed dynamic balance testing. This ensures the stability of the hammers in high speed running and with less noise. It has double Y shape blades to ensure higher cutting efficiency.
Front steel safety flaps allow material to enter the cutting chamber, but prevent pieces from being throw out at high speed, the closed chamber means you can handler loose feed such as root crops without leakage.
The Flail mower roller ends are with bearing. This ensures the flexibility of rotating and prevents hard abrasion.
78 Y Blades / 39 Hammer Blades
- Inline or offset
- Three-point hitch, category 1.
- The cutting width is 1.25M wide
- Standard Gearbox 540 rpm with free wheel.
- Two belt transmission with adjustable tensioner.
- Adjustable rear roller (3 positions).
- Universal PTO shaft Category 2.
- Transmission with two belt drives.
- 18-30 HP Required
- 1 Years warranty
Frequently asked questions
In the majority of cases no! The courier can unload the machines for you without assistance.
We offer a variety of delivery options to suit your unloading requirements.
Wherever possible, we offer delivery on a vehicle with a taillift / ramps. This allows the courier to unload the machine without the need for unloading equipment (forklift, telehandler, frontloader etc).
If you do have unloading equipment, occasionally this may allow you to save some money in delivery costs.
You can specify at checkout whether you have pallet unloading equipment or not and we will do the rest.
A small number of machines always require unloading equipment in order to be delivered due to their size. If you encounter a machine that requires unloading equipment, but you have none, contact us, and we may be able to make special arrangements for you.
All machines come with a minimum 12 month manufacturer warranty which covers spare parts or poor workmanship. As our machines are heavily built from thick steel, it is exceedingly rare to encounter issues.
Like all warranties, consumable parts like belts and blades aren’t covered. However these consumable parts are readily available should you need to purchase them.
Both ourselves, and the manufacturer are able to provide replacement consumables and any spare parts required.
Machinery of this nature is designed to be easily maintained, and in most cases an adjustable spanner is all that’s required to swap a part over.
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Everything required will arrive with the machine, and typically a customer can be up and running immediately after delivery.
Typically, as long as the horsepower of your tractor is within the Tractor HP Range that’s defined on the product page, it should be compatible.
This Tractor HP Range takes into consideration the power, weight, dimensions, hitch type and PTO type of the majority of tractors within the range.
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Buying the best compact tractor for small farm use includes considerations for what tractor horsepower you need, tractor attachments, new versus used, and more.
Buying a tractor for a farm, or an ATV and other equipment, is exciting, usually necessary, expensive, and not without risk. This post is for new farmers without much experience or knowledge and, while not a complete list of considerations, I hope the suggestions below will help you in your choices and approach to choosing the best tractor for small farm use.
Tractor Safety Considerations When Buying a New Tractor
There is plenty of good information out there on ATV, tractor, and lawn mower safety. Remember, safety is always number one. It can sound easy, but time is time, and sometimes we don’t think about safety fast enough. I would like to FOCUS on two issues that apply to a broad spectrum of applications:
Know The Terrain and Equipment
Both are vital to your safety. Let’s say you buy or lease a farm and there is a field thick with thorns you want to bush hog in the month of July. Do you want to walk through all of it to check for objects or holes? Well not hardly, but walk it you must. Here are some examples of what got me into trouble.
Tractor Rolling Over
When we first took possession of the farm, it had been heavily logged. There was a lot of undergrowth to put it mildly. The weeds and grass were very tall, and I could not see much of the ground. I was traveling alone slowly in my side by side down my steep, old logging road complete with periodic berms. I was aware that a couple of them were higher than my clearance. For one of these, I went to the left of it and quickly returned to the road. I had no problems and went about my business.
On the return uphill (moving slowly in four-wheel drive) I was careful to retrace my previous route by taking a right around that same berm. But my lack of knowledge led to a big problem: The obscured hole created by how they made the berm led to a sideways roll when I tightly returned to the road. I was sure it was going to turn over on its side.
I didn’t think about it rolling down the hill or the fact that I had no cellphone service and my wife only knew I was at the farm. It was terrifying for about a second. And then somehow, I got it back on all four wheels and all was well. I then went back to the site and did what I should have done beforehand: I walked and checked it out.
I am not sure where I thought they found the dirt to make those berms! I learned a lot that day, including that you can’t take for granted that all four wheels will always stay on the ground. But I have learned, and I am perhaps a bit too nervous now with my ATV or tractor when not on level and dry ground. Also, never underestimate the danger of soft, wet ground with any machine.
Getting a Tractor Stuck
Being a good neighbor is of utmost importance out in the country. And being just that led to a potential problem. I had agreed to bush hog my neighbor’s front yard, which I was glad to do. It was indeed way too tall for his standard mower. And I also made an assumption and again I did not walk it. It turned out that there was a small, dry creek bed that I was crossing without problems until guess what? It got deeper and I got stuck with one rear wheel off the ground.
This was no major problem; it was just a question of how much time this was going to take. Then I remembered the small pedal behind by right foot – the differential lock that shifts all the energy to the dependent wheel and viola, that took care of it. Again, know your equipment. This worked great and saved the day.
Caution with Zero-Turn Mowers
Now, the tractor and side by side have good traction. This is not the case with a zero-turn mower. If the wheels did provide great traction, they would tear up your yard (a top customer complaint either way). The problem is that I did not realize that.
Early one morning, I was cutting my grass near an embankment pushing my luck on some wet grass and down it I went — there was no way I could stop it. So now I avoid that embankment like the plague and I also wait until the grass is dry.
Consider How You Will Use Your Machines
I would like to close with this last bit of advice: always think of how to use your machines rather than your back. It does take some thought, but it can save you a lot of pain and potential injury.
One day, I was trying to manually move an old camper cover that was imbedded in the dirt until I decided that I needed a crowbar. I then thought why stop there? I got the tractor out and used the front-end loader and moved the item to a trash pile like it was a potato chip.
I hope this will help you get started. I am always amazed at how much fun and how satisfying all of this work is around the farm when you have the right compact tractor for a small farm.
Bradley Rankin farms several of the 48 acres at Bobcat Ridge Habitat Farm in rural Kentucky, where he and his wife also manage a woodlot to attract wildlife. When he is not tending woodlands and pasture, Bradley enjoys raised-bed gardening, rock collecting, tree identification, and astronomy.
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Tough and tiny, subcompact tractors can save the day
Remember the old cartoon character Mighty Mouse? His Saturday morning TV exploits found him saving sweet Pearl Pureheart from evil Oil Can Harry and announcing the rescue with an operatic “Here I come to save the day!”
Graced with power and tons of utility in a small package, subcompact tractors can save the day around your acreage, too. These mighty little tractors—typically around 25 horsepower— are tougher, more rugged, and bring you more hard-working options than the old-school garden tractor your parents might have struggled with.
With so much utility packed into a small footprint, it’s no surprise that subcompact tractors are hot sellers today. Take a look at these exciting models to see how a subcompact can be a Hero on your homestead.
Branson Tractors designs their equipment with heavy-duty dependability in mind. The 2400h features cast iron housings, metal hood and fenders in powder-coated finish. Power comes from a 25 HP diesel engine though a two-range hydrostatic drive. Features include hydrostatic steering with two hydraulic pumps, wet disk brakes, and a choice of ag, turf, or industrial tires. A front loader with skid steer attach bucket option is available. A full line of accessories includes a headed cab, mid-mount mower, and front-mount snow blower.Branson Tractors 706-290-2500 bransontractors.com
JOHN DEERE 3025D
Deere’s 3D Series tractors include the 3025D, which combines simplicity and power in a compact size. Featuring a heavy-duty drivetrain and gear drive transmission, the 3025D is easy to learn and use, thanks to column- and fender-mounted shifters. Equipped with a 25 HP engine, this machine sports great maneuverability and was designed to pull through narrow tracts more efficiently than bigger compact models. Additionally, the 3025D’s hauling capacity is rated at more than two tons. The Category I hitch is compatible with dozens of attachments.Deere Company 866-993-3373 deere.com
LS TRACTOR MT2E Series
LS Tractor’s 24.6 HP MT2E Series enjoy 12 forward, 12 reverse synchro shuttle transmission or a three range, dual pedal, hydrostatic transmission with cruise control. Foldable ROPS, a seat safety switch, seat belt, safety flashers, and a solid fender-mounted hand grip make work more pleasant, while additional comfort features include a cupholder, toolbox, pre-heat starting aid, front-wheel mechanical assist 4WD, and hydraulic position control. Easy-attaching implements include loader, backhoe, and snowblower options. All LS Tractors come with a choice of ag, industrial, or turf tires.LS Tractor USA (252) 984-0700 lstractorusa.com
KUBOTA BX-80 Series
Kubota’s BX80-Series of subcompact 4WD diesel tractors comprises the BX1880, BX2380, BX2680 and BX23S, which leads the subcompact tractor class as a standard-equipped loader-backhoe unit. The BX80-Series’ four tractor models range in power from 16.6 HP to 24.8 HP. The BX80-Series maintains owner-friendly versatility with attachments and implements for any job, including mid-mount mower decks, Swift-Tach front loaders, front- and rear-mounted snowblowers, and a full line of Land Pride implements. ROPS raises and lowers to clear garage doors.Kubota Tractor Corporation 888-458-2682 kubotausa.com
KIOTI CS Series
KIOTI’s CS Series subcompact tractors are designed to combine performance, maintainability, and utility. Outfitted with a three-cylinder diesel engine in either 21.1 or 24.5 HP, they are powerful and fuel-thrifty. The power steering, illuminated instrument panel, and ergonomically designed workstation add to operator convenience. Standard mid- and rear-PTO, and a three-point hitch accommodate a variety of implements and attachments. The CS Series’ safety features include wet disc brakes, an adjustable seat belt and headlights. Low hood design improves operator visibility, and opens vertically for easy maintenance.KIOTI Tractor Div. DAEDONG. USA, INC 877-465-4684 kioti.com
MASSEY FERGUSON GC1700 Series
With both rear- and mid-mount PTOs that can be operated simultaneously, Massey Ferguson GC1700 Series tractors tackle many jobs including mowing, snow removal, loader, and backhoe work. All tractors in this series offer 4WD, high hydraulic flow rates for fast loader response, two-range hydrostatic transmission, and a proven Iseki 1.1 liter 3-cylinder diesel engine. You can option tractor only, tractor with loader, or a tractor backhoe combination with unique, efficiency-leading features.AGCO Corporation 770-813-9200 agcocorp.comNEW HOLLAND WORKMASTER 25S
If you are anxious about tractor ownership, New Holland’s WORKMASTER 25S sub-compact tractor is an ideal “first step” tractor for homeowners who need a hard-working, versatile small tractor. The WORKMASTER 25S has a fuel-efficient, three-cylinder diesel engine, two-range hydrostatic transmission, and ideally-placed, simple-to-master controls for yardwork, landscaping, gardening. Its compact size makes it easy to operate and maneuver around obstacles and in confined spaces. WORKMASTER also has loader, backhoe, mower and combination models available.CNH Industrial LLC 866-639-4563 agriculture.newholland.com
Yanmar has a worldwide reputation for producing small, top-quality tractors, and the 24-HP SA424 fits right in. Features include a hydrostatic transmission with dual pedals for simplified operation, one-touch on/off, electro-hydraulic, independent rear PTO, dual hydraulic pumps, and a quick-attach front-end loader with lift capacity of 1,199 pounds. Yanmar America Corporation 770-877-9894 yanmartractor.com
Steiner took a look at how homeowners use their small tractors and created this model in the mold of their successful, highly maneuverable turf care equipment. The new 25-HP air-cooled Steiner 450DX is an all-around workhorse for homeowners who mow, blow, plow, or dig. Steiner’s unique oscillating frame and articulated power steering give true four-wheel traction, and ability to work on slopes up to 30 degrees when equipped with optional dual tires. than 20 professional-grade attachments give the 450DX surprising versatility.Schiller Grounds Care866-469-1242steinerturf.com
Which Is the Best Mini Tractor for You?
Mini tractors, also called compact tractors, come in many different sizes, from small lawn mowers to more powerful models that perform almost as well as standard tractors. Choosing the right model for your needs will require some understanding of how these mini tractors differ and what tasks they are capable of doing. This article explores the different aspects of each type to help buyers make the best choice.
The projected mini tractor market
The market for mini/compact tractors is steady and through to 2030 is projected to grow at a modest compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 3.3% to a value of around USD 4.2 billion. Increasing mechanization across the agricultural sector, and the desire for more scalability, is driving the continued interest in smaller tractors.
Compact tractors, with a moderate power range upwards of 35 HP, are expected to show a CAGR of 3.1% through to 2025. These ‘not-so-mini’ mini tractors are known as utility tractors, as they are well suited for small to mid-sized farms, having sufficient adaptability and power to take on most tasks.
What are mini tractors?
Mini, or compact, tractors, are typically differentiated by their power, measured in horsepower (HP), rather than size. The smaller powered mini tractors are designed for specific tasks, such as grass mowing, whereas the larger machines can carry out many of the tasks that the biggest tractors usually do, although with less power and at a smaller scale.
Mini tractors fit into a range from around 10 HP, to around 35 HP. The very compact 10-20 HP ‘small plot’ or garden tractors are suitable for garden mowing, small scale plowing, and pulling small trailers. The slightly larger and more powerful mini tractors in the 20-35 HP range are better for field cultivation and for attaching multiple implements, such as a backhoe or front bucket. Larger agricultural tractors in the 35-50 HP range are broad-use utility tractors and are sometimes included in the mini tractor category.
Once the power range rises above 50 HP, these tractors would not be considered mini tractors, and in fact the power can range up to 300 HP. These more powerful tractors are suited to traditional farm roles, such as large-scale farming, and for other big jobs like pulling large trailers and farming machinery.
Note that different manufacturers and suppliers may categorize their tractors into different horsepower ranges than used above. However, the principles remain the same. powerful tractors are typically larger and heavier and are capable of many attachments and many roles. The less powerful tractors are designed to be smaller and lighter, are more limited in what they can do, and may be designed for specific tasks only. Each horsepower range is explained further below.
Small plot 10-20 HP tractors
At the smaller end of the mini tractor scale, in the 10-20 HP range, these low powered tractors are sufficient for small plots of land, small farms and gardens. They are compact in size, maneuverable, low on fuel consumption and cheap to buy and maintain. They are a good choice for small operations, and can come with rear attachments such as mowers, plows or rooters. They can also pull small trailers and can access narrow paths, indoor barns and sheds.
Within this range there are also specific use machines, such as rider lawn mowers, that have the mover fitted underneath.
Within the 10-20 HP range, mini tractors are very cost effectively priced at around USD 1,200-2,000, with rider lawn mower types around USD 1,800. do vary and the same models can be found at different prices, so shop around. When comparing similar models, make sure that the power is comparable not just the size and appearance.
Larger plot 20-35 HP tractors
Mini tractors in the 21-35 HP range are moderately powered utility tractors, typically used for small plot farms for field cultivation. They have sufficient power to add attachments at the front and rear, such as a front loader and a rear backhoe. This makes them versatile machines small farms, with the capacity to take on most of the jobs required around the farm.
As mini tractors get a little bigger and more powerful, the higher end also increase, although there are also plenty to be found at the power prices. Price ranges from USD 1,500-4,000 with the higher powered machines usually costing more. If the requirement is to use various attachments, make sure that the tractor can fit them. These tractors are more likely to be at the higher price ranges of USD 3,000-4,000 with horsepower upwards of 30 HP. The extra power is needed to operate the attachments efficiently.
Utility tractors above 35 HP up to 50 HP
These mid-range tractors are a suitable choice for moderately sized farms and can manage the wide range of jobs that a larger farm requires. They can fit front and rear attachments for loading and digging, and can haul sizable loads. They can be used for land cultivation, seeding, plowing and harvesting, and pulling medium sized loads.
They are also suitable for other utility tasks such as landscaping and snow clearing. Narrow and tall tractor styles are suitable for driving between closely planted trees and bushes and are suitable for orchard work. Some models will advertise specifically as orchard tractors.
They are a little faster than their larger cousins but will ultimately lack the power for the really heavy lifting and pulling jobs that the bigger machines handle with ease.
Once the power capability is above 35-40 HP, there are many more jobs that the mini tractor can handle, and price is likely to reflect that. and power handling can vary, and there is not a clear correlation between increased power and increased cost. 40-50 HP tractors can be found from USD 3,000 to upwards of USD 8,000.
How should you decide which mini tractor to buy?
Selecting the right compact tractor can be a challenge, simply because of the wide range of sizes, models and available. There are models available at very low prices, even down to around USD 500, and some that can be upwards of USD 6-7,000. Smaller plot tractors are likely to cost below USD 2,000 for a very reasonable machine, but the power and available fittings will be limited. These machines are best for limited functions, speeding around the plot, towing small trailers, and grass cutting.
As size and power increases, so does functionality. It can be difficult to select between smaller tractors with less power, and large tractors with more power. Price isn’t a guide on its own either, as smaller tractors with modern features might cost more than large powerful ones. Perhaps the best approach, then, is to balance available budget with desired functionality.
Look for the machines that meet your needs with the functionality desired, and compare available models and with your budget. Functionality should factor in size and access to the required locations (for example, small and/or indoor access, versus outdoor, large farm, wide space usage). Then consider the tasks to be covered, such as small or large plot plowing and seeding, large or small trailer haulage, and simple or multi-function attachments.
It would also be wise to consider service and maintenance, and available parts. Check with the suppliers for what support they can offer in your territory.
Mini or compact tractors are widely available and there are a very large number of models and sizes from which to choose. Typically the smaller tractors are low in power and more suited to a limited range of roles, although there are smaller tractors with more horsepower. Larger tractors typically have more power and more adaptability, and as they reach the size of utility tractors they begin to cross over from mini to large tractors. There isn’t a clear delineating power break, but above the 50-60 HP range, tractors are already taking on the roles and characteristics of the more heavy duty farm tractors. For more information on the wide choices and available, check out alibaba.com.