If you're in the market for a new tractor, don't purchase the first one you see. This is a costly mistake! Instead, do your research. Take some time to figure out exactly what you need, and what you need it for. Do you want a tractor that uses diesel or straight gasoline? Do you want to drive an automatic or one with manual transmission? How about power steering and power take-off? Or, do you need one with four wheel drive? These are all important to consider, but in the end only make the tractor a good buy for you... what then makes a tractor a good buy for everyone?
1. Inspect the body
If you're in the market for a tractor, inspect its body, tires and overall appearance. If the tractor has dents, peeling paint, cracks or bulging tires, these are signs of a miserable ride in the near future. It may be an inexpensive tractor, but it might cost you the same to fix it as it would be to purchase a new vehicle. In this case, purchasing a new vehicle, or tractor would be less of headache.
2. Inspect the articulation point
The tractor needs to ride smoothly, so inspect that the articulation point is properly greased and not damaged. Also, check for metal shards which indicate wear. Next, check that the vehicle can move properly. Start it and move it back and forth as well as to the left and right. The tractor shouldn't slip or produce unusual noises.
3. Inspect the engine
When you go car shopping, you often take the vehicle for a test drive prior to purchasing it. Doing so helps you get a feel for how it runs. Approach tractor buying the same way. After inspecting the vehicle's body, turn the engine on, lift the hood and check for signs of leaks from the engine, hoses or hydraulics. Next, check the amount of horsepower and ensure the vehicle meets emission standards by examining the engine plate.
After you turn the engine off, remove and check the air filters. They should be relatively clean. Most need to replaced every 100 to 200 hours or 300 to 400 hours in cab filters
4. Examine the cab
When you started the tractor, you should have got a good peak inside the cab. Now look at it more closely. Are seats ripped or anything damaged? Along with looking at wear and tear, see how many hours of operation the tractor has performed. Even if the tractor has upwards of 5,000 hours, it could still be in good shape if everything else checks out fine.
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