When You’re Hot, You’re Hot - Compact tractors ignite acreage imagination
Published on Wed, 05/02/2018 - 8:15am
Boasting a lot of power in a compact package, compact utility tractors help property owners complete their jobs on acreages. When purchasing a new compact tractor, it is important to consider a few key factors: “You need to look at your needs and the type of property you are working on,” says Jon Schebler, product marketing manager, compact utility tractors, John Deere.
“Consider your needs, which will help you choose the right horsepower and hitch life capacity for the tasks you are tackling on a daily basis. Depending on your property size and type, you may need a specific type of compact utility tractor.”
Additionally, look at the tasks you are hoping to tackle on a frequent basis, and consider wrapping in attachments when you purchase a machine. From mid-mount mowers to backhoes and loaders, as well as specialty attachments such as snow brooms and throwers, manufacturers offer a variety of options that can transform your machine.
Power, size, accessories, and attachments—it’s no wonder the compact tractor segment continues to be the hottest and most competitive out there.
We take a look at 11 to set fire to your imagination.
New Holland says the Workmaster 25 is the perfect choice for first-time compact tractor buyers or previous compact owners looking for a more capable solution. Available with a choice of a 12x12 gear or 3-range hydrostatic transmission, the Workmaster 25’s many attachments and implements offer a lot of performance and capability. Built on a heavy-duty backbone with heavy castings for the engine, transmission, and rear axles, this model features an easy-to-understand instrument cluster and comfortable work space.
New Holland Agriculture, 717-355-1121, agriculture1.newholland.com
Kioti’s CK10SE Series now offers six models with either a 35 or 40 horsepower three-cylinder water-cooled Daedong diesel engine. The CK10SE has manual and hydrostatic ROPs models and hydrostatic cab model options. Standard features in this line include hydraulic power steering, telescopic lower link and stabilizers, and dual remote hydraulic valves. HST models boast standard cruise control and a linked pedal for simplified tractor operation during utility and loader applications. Cab models feature a factory-installed cabin with heat and A/C for a comfortable operating environment throughout the year.
KIOTI Tractor Division, DAEDONG - USA, INC, 877-465-4684, kioti.com
Grand L60 Series
At the higher end of the compact tractor range—horsepower ranges from 37 to more than 60—Kubota’s Grand L60 Series bring luxury and productivity to this class of tractor. The six models have a choice of five engines and three transmission options. A wide range of available attachments, from mowers and snowblowers to backhoes and loaders, is available. Styling tweaks, including a deluxe cab and intuitive computer controls enhance operator comfort and ease of use. Kubota also has one-button adjustments for their HST PLUS transmission to suit operator preference.
Kubota Tractor Corporation, 888-458-2682, kubotausa.com
Powered by a high-horsepower gasoline engine, Steiner’s more powerful model offers Steiner’s unique articulating and oscillating frame—bringing exceptional performance and versatility, particularly on steep, uneven, or rolling terrain. Powered by a 37 hp air-cooled Vanguard fuel-injected engine with an Eaton hydrostatic transmission, the model’s hydraulically controlled weight transfer and traction boost allow operators to adjust balance on slopes. Dual hydraulic pumps keep constant power while attachments are in motion. More than 25 attachments are available.
Schiller Grounds Care, Inc., 866-469-1242, steinerturf.com
Branson Tractor’s newest addition to their impressive lineup of 34 tractor models is the 10 Series. The 2510R and 2510H tractors fill the gap between the 00 series and 15 series models, making them a step above subcompact size. These tractors have 25 horsepower and are available with either manual or Hydro-max hydrostatic transmissions—the Hydro-max is a synchronized auto-acceleration system when changing direction. These maneuverable models have a low profile 88 inches height at the top of the ROPS but still offer 13 inches ground clearance.
Branson Tractor, 877-734-2022, bransontractor.com
Sporting the first factory-installed cabs offered on North American Yanmar tractors when introduced in 2016, Yanmar’s YT3 Series tractors feature an ergonomic operator station, heating and air conditioning, cruise control, and a host of comfort items. Open cab models are also available. The Model YT347 is powered by a 46.6 hp Yanmar engine and is the first tractor to offer a new, more advanced hydro-mechanical HMT transmission (i-HMT) brining ease-of-use and infinite speed choice of traditional hydrostatic transmissions but with mechanical efficiency and durability of a gear transmission. The YT3 tractors’ functions and operational status are displayed on an LCD monitor for crucial information.
YANMAR AMERICA, 770-877-9894, yanmartractor.com
The John Deere 3E Series, including the 3025E, 3032E and 3038E models, are built on proven platforms that bring together power and ease-of-use. Clear, color coded controls increase operator confidence while providing comfort and convenience. The 3E series’ independent PTO system eliminates the need to stop and clutch to engage or disengage the PTO. An easy-to-use, two-range hydrostatic transmission (HST) increases tractor performance while eliminating clutching for fast and easy direction changes. Deere’s Twin Touch foot controls provide an automobile-like experience reduce operator fatigue.
John Deere, 800-537-8233, deere.com
Farmall C Series
With four models ranging from 35 to 55 hp, the compact Farmall C series tractors use versions of a turbocharged, three-cylinder, 1.9 liter engine across the line. Choose mechanical shuttle or three-range hydrostatic transmissions, factory cab or open-air models. A large step-through operator’s platform provides easy entry and exit, while critical controls fall easily to hand. A tilt steering wheel and adjustable-backrest seat provide hours of comfort and efficiency. Optional front-mount and standard mid-mount PTO power accessories and attachments like mower decks, loaders, and snowblowers.
Case IH, 877-422-7344, caseih.com
Massey Ferguson’s no-nonsense workhorse 1700E series comprise three 4WD models ranging from range from 25 to 38.5 hp. All feature an open station operator platform with handy-to-reach, easy-to-use mechanical controls for most functions. Power is from three-cylinder fuel-injected diesel engines with electronic engine management; transmission choice is a mechanical 9x3 transmission (great for mowing and hauling) or a 3-range hydrostatic (HST) transmission (ideal for loader work). Hydrostatic power steering, an open center high-flow-rate hydraulic system and rear 3-point hitch for rear implement needs are standard.
AGCO Corporation, 877-515-4384, masseyferguson.us
A solid choice for general-purpose farming, agriculture, livestock, and grounds maintenance, Mahindra’s 2538 is a rugged, easy-to-operate 4WD tractor. Power comes from a four-cylinder 37 hp engine governed by Mahindra’s proprietary engine technology for reduced emissions, operators get reliable performance and fuel efficiency. The 2538 comes with either factory cab or open-station design for easy access, backed by an industry-leading seven year warranty. Attachments run the gamut from the 1600-pound capacity front loader to backhoes, mower decks, harrows, rakes, and blades.
Mahindra USA, 877-449-7771, mahindrausa.com
Powered by a fuel efficient, 48 HP Shibaura 4-cylinder diesel engine, the 45XT is one of the best selling models in the NorTrac brand. Transmission is 12 forward + 12 reverse speed fully-synchronized with shuttle shift and selectable 2WD/4WD. Big tractor features like split-brakes, differential lock, hydraulic power steering, Category 1 3-point hitch and two-speed PTO make it a hard worker. Spacious step-through operator station with tilt steering wheel and suspension seat give hours of comfortable operation.
Northern Tool + Equipment Company, 800-221-0516, northerntool.com