Choosing Right Implement for your Farm
Nowadays owners of small farms have more choices than ever in power implements, like two-wheel walk-behinds, all-terrain multi-usable vehicles and a wide array of four-wheel tractors which range from subcompacts to utility or even larger. Each of these implements offers their distinct features and advantages to fit your own particular farm. For a garden of size of 1 or 2 acres, a two-wheeler walk-behind tractor is the perfect choice, a lightweight walk-behind implement is ideal for low-acreage tasks and hard-to-navigate lands and a compact tractor is just right for mowing and such other small chores.
Even a 25 horsepower product is sometimes right for a farm. The degree of operations is major in deciding if you require a two-wheel walk-behind, a four-wheel tractor or a blend of both. A two-wheel tractor-powered sickle-bar mower, rake and baler can work best on steep slopes and marshy lands which cannot be harvested with a four-wheel tractor. Many people purchase a four-wheel tractor for main tillage, haying and loader work and use a walk-behind for other tasks. A walk-behind is able to perform tasks and go in the areas where a large tractor cannot; however on several farms, there are applications for both the implements. A walk-behind cannot do the job of a post-hole auger or a front-end loader.
If you are going to buy a four-wheel tractor, you should look for some important things. Specialized attachments such as loaders, rear or front-mount implements need minimum amounts of horsepower and hydraulic power. If you want to pull loads in farm or on road, you should check braking capability and load handling.
Too lightweight tractors can give rise to hazards like rollovers or jackknifing, while descending from a slope or trying to halt, even on a leveled land. The tractor should be a combination of right mass and braking ability with adequate power.
The size of the farm is secondary while choosing power source, while factors like soil type, slope and conditions should be considered primarily.
Other important points to consider are transmission, drive and tire options. Standard transmissions in old tractors and even in some low-cost new ones are tough and last for years, though not for decades. But they don’t present convenience of use or adaptation to newer power switchover and hydrostatic transmissions. Take a test drive with the sort of transmission you are planning to buy and ensure what it offers.
Tires come in varieties of sizes and treads. They may be ballasted for extra traction or left as they are for soil compaction. You can add duals if you need more traction without increased soil compaction. Your dealer may be a good guide, so discuss with him your present and consequent requirements and options.