If you’re a new homeowner, land maintenance is overwhelming - but the right equipment makes hard projects easy. The best tractor for your property depends largely on what you’ll use it for. Regardless of size, most compact tractors can handle everything from landscaping to snow plowing as long as you have the right attachment. It’s really just a matter of how quickly, efficiently, and safely it will get the job done.
Here are our picks for the best small farm tractors:
For light landscaping and mowing, the John Deere 1-series is your tractor. The 1023e offers a 22.4-horsepower engine, 15.3-PTO horsepower PTO, hydrostatic transmission, and a 681-pound lift capacity. The AutoConnect deck makes the switch from tractor to finish mower quick and easy. If you have more difficult projects on your to-do list or a property that’s not relatively flat, you’ll need more power than a subcompact tractor can provide.
Building fences, hauling gravel, or rototilling hard ground? The John Deere 2-Series is your best bet. The 32-horsepower, liquid-cooled, diesel engine means you’ll have enough power to tackle your chores easily with the 1356-pound lift capacity. Plus, it’s compatible with more than 50 attachments including backhoes, box blades, tillers, brooms, and more.
For more heavy duty task around your property, you’ll want to take a look at The John Deere 3 Series. The engine is a powerful 3-cylinder, 45.3-horsepower, diesel engine with 36.6-PTO horsepower. Despite its engine size, the 3046R is still considered - and maneuvers like - a compact tractor. The narrow wheelbase increases accessibility and the impressive 2,200-pound lift capacity allows you to lift or haul whatever you need. It’s the best of both worlds and the ideal solution for most homesteaders.
Also known as the “King of Compact,” the John Deere 4-Series are as powerful as compact tractors get. The 66-horsepower, turbocharged, diesel engine - not to mention it’s 3,130-pound lift capacity - will make you feel like you’re driving a behemoth If you’re looking for something that can suit all your needs, you’ll want to consider a tractor of at least this size.
WHAT TO KNOW BEFORE YOU BUY
Warranty – Papé Machinery offers an exclusive 10-year powertrain warranty on all new subcompact and compact tractors. Learn more about our warranty offers at any of our dealerships.
Measurement – Don’t forget to measure your gates, narrow passages, and the barn or garage where you plan to store the tractor. This may prevent you from having to make changes you didn’t plan for to accommodate your new equipment.
New vs. Used – In some cases, used equipment can be a great deal. If you come across a used utility tractor for sale with low hours, think about it; but be sure to have a qualified expert inspect the machine before you buy. Tractors are generally worked hard and you’ll want to be sure the piece of equipment is in good operating condition.
Comfort – If you plan to use your tractor year-round, a cab can greatly increase comfort. You may not need it now, but come January you may feel differently. John Deere’s standard cab features include heating and cooling, headlights, windshield wipers, and more.
Attachments – Even if you aren’t shopping for all of the tractor attachments now, it’s a good idea to buy a model that is compatible with a variety of implements you might decide you need later on. Most small property owners find that a loader, a mower deck, and a box blade or backhoe are a good setup to start with.
Whichever model you choose, know that you can count on top quality and customer feedback-driven design from John Deere. Contact your nearest Papé Machinery location in Washington, Oregon, Idaho or California for help choosing the best compact tractor for your homesteading needs and to learn more about current specials and financing options.