Tractor Buyers Guide
A tractor, like many other essential pieces of machinery for large and small-scale farms, can be a great asset. However, it can also be a potential danger if it is not properly maintained, serviced and operated. Incidents involving Tractor rollover and runover are among the leading cause of death and injury on farms. Buying a tractor, especially a second- hand tractor, can be daunting task but this can be made easier by following a few simple steps as outlined in this guide. A physical inspection of the tractor prior to purchase is an absolute must and having a good idea of basic tractor specifications (for example horsepower, weight, towing and lifting capabilities) that will suit the buyer’s need is essential. Also, be sure you can operate the tractor competently. Tractors are a unique vehicle which can be used to push, pull and lift implements. They use hydraulics and a Power Take Off system which owners need to be familiar with. There are short courses and specific training available for the safe operation of a tractor and other farm machinery. Remember that looking after a tractor starts with the purchase of the unit, whether it’s new or used. Owners have a responsibility to ensure the tractor is safe to use for them and others that may be required to operate it. Buying a new tractor is generally less risky than buying second-hand but there are still some boxes to tick when looking to purchase a brand new machine. Visit several dealerships to compare different models and brands and make sure there is a clear understanding of warranty and servicing requirements. Ask the dealer or seller if you can speak to other owners of tractors that are similar to what you are looking for. Don’t forget that servicing must be carried out by a trained technician and any alterations or servicing performed by the owner may void a warranty, and potentially compromise the safe operation of the tractor. Buying on-line may also void some warranty details and/or basic consumer protection laws.