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I grew up on a ranch located in the southern United States. For as long as I can remember, my father has raised beef cattle. Every summer, he has the arduous task of baling cutting and arranging hay into bales. Because of the hot humid weather in our part of the country, my father particularly dreaded this summer chore when I was young. His hay baler didn’t contain an air conditioner in it. Thankfully, he has recently acquired a hay baler with this convenience. Now, he can cut his hay down without even breaking a sweat. If you’re thinking about getting into the cattle business, consider opting for an air conditioned hay baler immediately. On this blog, you will discover the advantages of buying a new state-of-the-art hay baler with a built-in air conditioning system.

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Tips For Buying The Best Used Tractor For Your Hobby Farm

Luis Harvey

If you have been saving up and the time has come to purchase a used tractor for your small hobby farm, then these tips will help you choose the best tractor to meet your needs:

Tip: Decide on Your Tractor's "Must Haves" Before Shopping

You know how you never realized you needed a new pair of shoes until you saw the perfect pair in a window display at the mall? That same mysterious phenomenon is guaranteed to happen if you start shopping for a tractor before you decide what you really need. You will start reading sales ads online and discover all sorts of add-ons you would like for your tractor. And, this will unnecessarily drive up the price of your new machine.

To avoid buying more tractor than your hobby farm really needs, take some time to think about your must-haves and write them down.

For example, do you want attachments for:

  • mowing?
  • rototilling?
  • disking?
  • shoveling?

In addition, do you need a tractor with four-wheel drive, or will two-wheel drive do the work you need? The answers to these questions will help you purchase just the right tractor without overspending on unnecessary attachments, and it will also ensure you have all of the functionality you require.

Tip: Research Tractors for Sale in Both Your Local Area and Surrounding Areas

Once you know what type of tractor you want to purchase, then it is time to go online and do some research to see what options are currently on the used farm machinery market. While you may not want to trailer home a tractor from hundreds of miles away, you absolutely should look at listings both near and far away from where you live. This is important because tractor prices can vary wildly between areas and you may be able to get a much better deal if you are willing to arrange some transportation for the tractor. 

Tip: Check the Physical Condition and Make Sure It Matches the Usage Hours

Finally, once you are onsite looking at the used tractors that will meet your hobby farm's needs, make sure you take a good look at the machine and compare its condition to its mileage. The machine should be in good repair and should look like it was well taken care of by its previous owners. A tractor that appears older than the hours it has on it is likely one you should not purchase.