On their own, compact tractors are powerful engines with wheels that can go pretty much wherever you want them to go. When they are combined with extra equipment, however, their power increases greatly. Most compact tractors have loaders on the front, which feature two parallel arms with connectors on the ends. Some of the following accessories attach to these loaders, and others attach to the back or the bottom of the tractor.
1978 International 1586 2WD Tractor, 6,417 Hrs Showing, IH 436CI/7.1L 6-Cylinder Turbo Diesel, 6-Speed Transmission W/2-Speed TA, Planetary Final Drive, 540/1000 PTO, CAT III 3-Point Hitch, 3 Remotes, 12 Suitcase Weights On Front, 2 Sets Rear Axle Weights, 20.8R38 Rear Dual Tires, Hydraulic Seat, AM/FM 8-Track Stereo, NOTE: Key Broken Off In Ignition, Only One Battery Installed (See Pictures), SN: 2650151U15794 ...more
1994 John Deere 4960 MFWD Tractor, 180.6 Hrs Showing, 222 Hp, 7.6 L 6 Cylinder Turbocharged Diesel Engine, Powershift 15 Forward & 4 Reverse Gears, AC/Heat, AM/FM Radio, 3 Rear Sets Of Hydraulic Remotes, 3 Point, Draw Bar Hitch, Clevis Hitch, Large 1000 PTO, 14 Front Suitcase Weights, Rear Inner Weights, Rear Duals, Firestone Tires Front 16.9-30, Rear Tires 18.4R46, SN: RW4960P008173 ...more
With my ideal tractor in mind, I was able to cut the list of 60 or 70 tractors for sale down to 20 or so. Before I got into seeing what those 20 fetched online, I dug into tractor forums looking for hands-on reviews. The New Hollands in the size class I was after, I found, were actually rebranded LS tractors, made in South Korea. A neighbor loaned me an LS awhile back and I wasn’t in love with it. The old Allis-Chalmers was a great machine, but parts were hard to find. A couple of the John Deeres had really positive chatter, as did the L3750, which a couple of guys on the Kubota forum said might be the best tractor Big Orange ever made. Before I started pricing the tractors out, that list of 20 or so was cut in half.
The sheer range of functions they are capable of makes skid steers highly sought after on the used skid steer loader market. Some skid loaders have an automatic attachment changing mechanism. This function allows the driver to change attachments without leaving the cab of the compact loader, as the hydraulic supply line couplings are located adjacent to the cab, and these can be connected or disconnected with ease. Othe skid steer loaders with an extended reach design are capable of a greater operating height and are able to unload into tall receptacles with ease. Skid steer loaders may even be capable of being used as an excavator; this is particularly useful in height restricted work areas where there may not be sufficient clearance for an excavator boom. If you want greater stability and traction in the worst terrain, then you'll want to check out a track skid steer second-hand market.
Can you dig it? Add an excavator to your repertoire and you have the hydraulic-powered muscle to tackle an incredible range of tasks. These powerful machines, manufactured by the likes of Caterpillar and Bobcat, make short work of trench-digging and forestry work, and by shopping the huge inventory on eBay you have the opportunity to pick a make and model that fits your requirements and budget.