Gas vs. diesel tractors: What should you know?

2/8/2016 1:12:37 PM by


If you're in the market for a new tractor, there are a number of things you must consider before purchasing one. In a previous post, we noted that before buying a tractor you need to consider its type, age, make and model in addition to how well it's been cared for by its previous owner. Along with these, ask yourself whether you want a diesel or gas engine. There is a difference between the two.

If we're considering a small to medium size tractor with a diesel engine, it'll be much easier to maintain than a gas powered one. Diesel engines don't have spark plugs, rotors, points or distributor caps to worry about like gas engines do. They also don't have carburetors that tend to clog up if the engine sits too long. And, as you know, if you're storing the tractor over the winter, this can be a constant problem come spring time.

Typically, diesel tractor engines have a much longer engine life than gas engines because they're water cooled. In fact, they can run upwards of 10,000 hours without being overhauled. This means they can run more consistently at cooler temperatures.

Finally, diesel engines tend to get better fuel economy. While diesel tends to be more expensive at the pump, you could purchase "off-road diesel," which is dyed red to distinguish it between on-highway diesel fuel. It's also not subject to state and federal excise taxes that are applied to the retail sales of diesel to vehicles operating on public roadways. Over time, you could save money by using finish this sentence.

If you would like more information on where to obtain replacement parts for your tractor or how to properly maintain your vehicle, turn to our simple online hub which connects buyers to sellers.