Guide To Choosing the Perfect Compact Tractor

Compact Tractor Backhoe and LoaderSo you have invested in some acreage in the countryside because you are interested in farming. Where do you start, particularly if your property looks abandoned? What is the next step, you ponder, as you sigh looking at the overgrown grass.

Compact tractors come in handy here, but with the market inundated with both established and new manufacturers, you need to be armed with the right information. A tractor, like a family car, is a huge investment on your farm, probably the most expensive, and caution is called for lest you end up burning your fingers.

Pertinent Factors to Consider when Buying a Tractor

Now that you have decided to take the plunge and make the best use of your farm, here is a guide on getting the right tractor:

  • Evaluate your needs: The uses you are to put the tractor through are unique and your purchase must be guided by the same. Consider whether you want a garden tractor or a workhorse on the farm that can work on hilly areas without exhaustion. The size, wheel drive and horse power of the tractor will be determined by these uses.
  • Size and power: You need to get insight on different sizes of compact tractors in the market. They range below 20 hp and 30 hp, and above 40 hp and 50hp, and the rating continues to about 70 hp. These are small tractors that deliver a lot of power in any project you have from lawn mowing to digging.
  • Features and configurations: Your tractor needs to be functional, but also convenient to use. Some of the features to check include power take off (PTO), hydrostatic transmissions, wheel drive selection, limited differential and power steering. These are some of the features that enhance your experience behind the wheel and remove the stress off farm work.
  • Ease of driving: Transmission type determines how easy it is to operate your tractor. If you are a novice in farm work, make sure you choose a hydrostatic drive, but for an old hand manual, transmission will do.
  • Tractor functionality: If you intend to attach implements, make sure to check the three-point linkage for you to easily attach implements such as front-end buckets, augers and mowers. External hydraulics also make your tractor a delight to work with because with the pull of a lever, you can operate machinery without getting out of your seat. Folding ROPS also help you work under trees without any inconvenience.
  • Dealer service: Make sure you evaluate your suppliers before ordering for any machinery. This dealer must be an established force in the industry with the capability to ship in any parts you might need to maintain your tractor. Moreover, the supplier must have links with the manufacturer to help you enjoy free service and better pricing. Look for an experienced hand in the industry to be guaranteed of a quality farm tractor.

Furthermore, you need to look at different compact tractor brands in the market. Traditional players are now giving way to innovative, affordable but high quality machines from other countries.

Such manufacturers include Foton, which has an impressive range of tractors ranging from 28 HP (25 series) Compact Tractor, 45 HP (40 series) Compact Tractor and 55 HP (50 series) Compact Tractor. Now that you have a guide to follow start your search online, and you will be on the way to fulfilling your dreams on your acreage. One place to start if you are in the UK or France is to visit who are the Foton main distributor.
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Safety Considerations for Your Compact Tractor

Agriculture is anything but a harmless industry. Whether you are farming large tracts of land or doing a little gardening on a couple of acres, there are risks associated with the tools, equipment and materials used in the farm.

When it comes to equipment, one of the most convenient pieces of equipment on the farm is the compact utility tractor. It can also be one of the most of the dangerous. Therefore, you need to take into account some safety measures when dealing with these small tractors.

Built-in safety features

All of the latest models of compact tractors come fitted with two important safety features:

  • A rollover protective structure
  • A seatbelt

As with any safety feature, these are only useful if you actually use them.

Rollover protective structures (ROPS)

ROPS intend to provide safety for the driver of the compact tractor in case it overturns. Tractor designers build them using a special alloy steel to protect the operator from the crushing weight of the tractor from the rear, sideways or any other direction the tractor may have overturned.

While the ROPS may bend, their design allows them to absorb the impact and weight of the overturn in order to protect the occupant of the compact tractor as much as possible.

Some ROPS can fold down in case you need to access a building with a low ceiling, you want to work under trees or when you want to haul the tractor itself. There is no time-limit on how long you can operate the tractor with the ROPS folded so you have to remember to put them back up when you are done with any of these activities.

A word to the wise: When you are working under trees, watch out for low limbs. That may sound obvious but here’s how it relates to ROPS. If you have a two-post ROPS on your tractor, you may be pinned back to the ROPS by the low limb. This in no way means you should fold down your ROPS because the low limb could knock you off and under the tractor. Just watch out for low limbs, alright?


This is a problem for cars and tractors alike. People just don’t like using their seatbelts. This is a bad idea for obvious reasons but there are certain risks attached to riding a tractor without wearing a seatbelt.

The protective envelope provided by the rollover protective structure is only fully ‘activated’ when the driver has the seatbelt on. This is because it ensures that the driver remains within the protective envelope. If you do not have your seatbelt on, you could get thrown out of the safety of the ROPS which could end up with anything from a minor injury to you being crushed under the moving tractor.

Exception to the rule

There is one situation, however, where it is advisable not to wear a safety belt. If your tractor does not have ROPS, then you are safer not wearing a safety belt. This is because, in case of an overturn, you are free to jump or the force of the crush throws you clear of the tractor if you do not have your seatbelt on.