You buy tractors to perform a specific job, a lot of time you need implements to be able to perform those jobs. When I refer to implements, I’m talking about rotary cutters, grader scrapers, snow blades, etc. At the end of the day your tractor is only as good as its ability to do what you want, otherwise what’s the point? Here are some general rules and considerations for selecting the right implements or tractor based off the implements that you need.
Weight is very important when it comes to working with heavy equipment. You have to realize when you’re using a piece of equipment that its weight (on the back end of the tractor is going to effect how the tractor operates. It is important to have a tractor that weighs enough to minimize the effects of the implement on the tractor.
Keeping a solid base is almost as important as weight. The distribution of the weight of the tractor will directly effect how the tractor and implement perform. Another thing to keep in mind about width is your width of the back wheel compared the to the width of the implement. If you’re mowing or grading, it is much easy to align yourself with your wheels rather than the implement. This is much easier to do when the wheelbase matches the implement size.
There is no replacement for displacement. You have to have a firm idea of the horsepower it will take to run your implement in the way that you need it. When we’re talking about horsepower here we’re talking about PTO horsepower and not engine horsepower although they are correlated. You have to have PTO power to make the implement work properly and enough engine power to pull the implement. Keep in mind that it takes more PTO horsepower to run in various conditions, ie, cutting tall or thick brush.
The best way to find the right match of tractor and implement is to come in a talk with us. By asking a few quick questions our sales people can figure out what you’re trying to do and ultimately what machine/implement combination is going to be the right fit for you. As a starting guide we also have the chart below. Again the implements vary, this is just a starting guide as you’re beginning to try to figure out what size tractor you need.