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Take a Load Off with a Compact Tractor
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Whether you own a few acres with your home or a small farm and are looking into getting some equipment, a compact tractor can be useful for making big jobs easier.


Source: Spring 2011 Country Minute Newsletter

Take a Load Off with a Compact Tractor

Whether you own a few acres with your home or a small farm and are looking into getting some equipment, a compact tractor can be useful for making big jobs easier. They bridge the gap between lawn mowers and large farm tractors.

Compact tractors are easy to steer and offer strong traction, speed and strength for a variety of jobs. Engine sizes typically range from seven to 40 horsepower and can support a range of tools and attachments. Compacts are costefficient because they require less fuel and maintenance than large farm tractors.

You can take on projects like digging ditches or small ponds, mowing a big yard, or grading the driveway with confidence. If you need to clear a portion of the woods, haul and split firewood, or remove snow next winter, a compact tractor cuts down on the work.

It’s wise to purchase your compact tractor from a farm equipment dealer. They have informed sales staff, and service technicians can supply parts if your tractor needs repairs. You can add attachments based on which ones are appropriate for the jobs you’ll be doing. Some examples are mowers, loaders and backhoes custom fit to your tractor. Other attachments include rear scoops, aerators, posthole diggers and plow or box scrapers.

If a compact tractor is more than you need to mow your lawn, consider a zero turn mower. They save a lot of time over a regular riding lawn mower. Easy handling, high maneuverability and constant mowing are benefits that zero turn mowers offer. Plus, you can cut closely around obstacles like bushes and flowerbeds, eliminating the need to trim with a weed trimmer.

As you research available models, think about the obstacles and floral gardens in your lawn and then consider the cutting deck width. If the deck is too wide, you could have trouble squeezing the mower into all the little nooks you need to reach; if it’s too narrow, you won't be saving as much time. Options like cruise control and a variety of attachments are also available on different models, so determine which features will be beneficial to you depending on your situation and needs.

When you’re shopping for a compact tractor or zero turn mower ask the dealer for Country Direct Financing provided by GreenStone. Over 110 dealers in Michigan and northeast Wisconsin offer Country Direct Financing on new and used compact tractors, tractor attachments, mowers, all terrain vehicles, utility vehicles, utility trailers and wood stoves. You can take advantage of our competitive rates with terms up to five years. Be sure to ask your dealer if they offer cash discounts which can offset financing programs through alternative sources.

Source: www.ehow.com