What should you do before purchasing a tractor?

1/11/2016 10:02:40 AM by

Buying a tractor isn't as simple as going down to your local department store and purchasing one.

Like any vehicle, it takes time to research the type of tractor you need and decide whether the one you're thinking of buying fits those expected needs.

Tractors can be very expensive. New commercial John Deere tractors, such as the 9370R run well over $300,000. Of course, these tractors are some of the company's largest and most powerful, used to pull large implements through a variety of field conditions. Smaller, residential tractors may only run around $10,000.

Once you figure out why you need a tractor and the type of machine you'll need, decide whether you want a used or a new one. A used tractor can still provide many years of service but may also need to be repaired more often.

Next, think about the make and model you want. We recommend talking with friends, family and industry professionals about what they prefer. They'll be able to advise you on brands that tend to break down more than their competitors. They may also tell you which models to stay away from, especially if they're older, because replacement parts are often difficult to come by.

Finally, before purchasing the tractor show up unannounced at the dealership. You'll be able to tell a lot about a tractor when you start it up. If temperatures are above 40 degrees, the engine should start within two or three revolutions.

If you've already purchased a tractor and are looking for replacement parts, check out our easy-to-use hub that connects potential buyers with reputable sellers.