Knowing the tractor you want, and the market for it is a start, but it can all go out the window after a little hands-on time with the actual machine. It may have lived a hard life, and be worth half as much, or it may be a barn queen in mint condition and justifiably cost a pile more. For the rookie tractor buyer or the mechanically disinclined, this is where knowledgeable friends come into play.
A tractor is a large, heavy duty vehicle with a petrol or diesel motor delivering high torque at a low speed. Tractors are especially indispensable in the world of agriculture, as they can tow implement or machine attachments used for ploughing, tilling, harrowing, planting and feeding, as well as spraying fertilizers and pesticides. Another popular attachment is the hey tedder that allows haymaking. Tractors also have the power to haul large items, and the heavy treads of their rear tyres allow plenty of traction on soft or uneven terrain. The more modern RC tractors can be controlled remotely and some are used to mow like a tractor mower.

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IVT, ILS, Front Duals, Prem Cab, Active Seat, 7" Color TouchScreen, Michelin 480R50 Rear, Michelin 420R34 Front, 5 Hyd, Big Hyd Pump (60GPM), 18300# 3 Point, HID Lights, Front Fenders, Rear Fender Ext, Cat 4 Drawbar (No HD Sppt), 1000 PTO, 1 Pr 1400# Rear Wgts, 8 Front Wgts, XM Radio, Leather, Radar, Biz Band Ant, Cold Weather Pkg.|Front Weight Support with 8 Front Suitcase Weights and One Pair of 635 kg (1400 lb.)|Cold Weather Start Kit|Auxiliary Hydraulic Connections|John Deere PowerTech PSX 9.0 L (549 cu. In.) 6 Cyl IT4 / Stage 3b Compliant Diesel Engine|Foot Operated Speed Control|Antenna Mount and Wiring for Business Band (2-Way) Radio|Radar, Dual Beam Sensor|Leather Trim Package|Fenders, Full Coverage Rear 2.55 m (100 In.) Width|Fenders, Deluxe Pivoting Front for MFWD or ILS -480 mm (18.9 In.) Wide|480/70R34 In. 146A8 R1W Radial in Dual Wheel Configuration|Premium Lighting|John Deere Independent Link Suspension with Hydraulic Differential Lock, Fully Enclosed Driveline and Dual Tyre Capabili|480/80R50 In. 159A8 R1W Radial in Dual Wheel Configuration|120 mm (4.72 In.) Diameter x 3010 mm (118.5 In.) Length with Double Taper Wheel Hubs|Cat. 4 Adjustable Swinging Drawbar with 50 mm (2 In.) Pin with Heavy Duty Support|8,482 kg (18,700 Lb.) Lift Capacity Hitch (Cat 4N/3) Hitch with Sway Blocks and Quick Coupler|45 mm (1-3/4 In.) 1000 rpm PTO (20 Spline)|Five Remote Selective Control Valves with Push/Pull Breakaway Couplers and High Pressure Relief Levers|227.1 lpm (60 gpm) 85 cc Hydraulic Pump Displacement|Premium Radio Package with XM Radio|Premium CommandView II Cab with Active Seat|Touchscreen GS3 CommandCenter 7 Color Display, Video Capable|AutoPowr IVT Transmission 42 km/h (26 mph) with Right Hand Reverser Controls ...more
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Excavators are a valuable tool in a wide range of applications, from digging trenches and preparing foundations on construction sites, to driving in piles on a farm. Clear snow in poor weather, dredge rivers, or demolish existing structures as part of a clearing operation. Access to a John Deere or Komatsu digger makes many projects easier, helping you to keep to deadlines and improve overall workforce efficiency. While most excavators have tracks, it is also possible to get wheeled models, which may be more suitable in certain working environments, especially if you need to drive between work sites on main roads or require extra maneuverability.
I was happy with my $9,000 purchase price, if not a little stunned. Except for our house, which was only possible thanks to a big mortgage, this was the largest single purchase I’d ever made. More than my truck. More than my wife’s car. But auction houses charge additional fees that you need to be mindful of. At the auction I attended, the buyer’s fee was 10 percent for total sales under $1,000 and 1 percent for sales above $1,000. Credit card payments were an additional 2 percent, which I was OK with because I got the equivalent of 3 percent cash back in points and had the dinero to pay it right off – thanks to months of tight living.

There are two main types of "Control" configuration generally use in excavators to control the boom and bucket, both of which spread the four main digging controls between two x-y joysticks. This allows a skilled operator to control all four functions simultaneously. The most popular configuration in the US is the SAE controls configuration while in other parts of the world, the ISO control configuration is more common. Some manufacturers such as Takeuchi have switches that allow the operator to select which control configuration to use.


I bought my Kubota L3750 in August 2016, at Empire Farm Days. It’s the largest agricultural trade show in the Northeast. This happens to be an hour or so from our new homestead and start-up chicken farm in upstate New York. We had owned our property almost a year, and soon as we moved in I starting thinking about tractors. My aim was something big enough to manage food plots, handle firewood, and clear brush. In the L3750 I have that, and I hope what I learned along the way can help other greenhorn farmers and homesteaders make that first tractor purchase.
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