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Specifications To Look At When Buying A Compact Tractor

When searching for compact tractors, there are several options that are on the market. The type of tractor you choose should be based on how many acres you'll be using your compact tractor on. There are several terms that it's especially important that you're familiar with.


One of the distinguishing features of a compact tractor is the three-point hitch. This is the portion of the tractor that allows for implements to be attached to it. This component is given this name because it has three points that the implement is attached to. You'll need to know the capacity of the three-point hitch. The lift capacity includes the lift capacity at ball ends and the lift capacity at 24 inches. Make sure to know which rating is being used because there is often a large difference between the capacity of the tractor.

Control Scheme

Find out if the compact tractor uses draft control or position control. Most tractors do not use draft control and those that use it operate at greater than 40 horsepower. This feature can be useful if you are performing road maintenance. However, many owners of compact tractors do not need it because they do not need to change the hitch height immediately when the load changes.


A compact trailer has two different horsepower ratings: the engine and PTO. The engine horsepower refers to the power of the engine when it doesn't have anything connected to it. The PTO takes the hydraulics and transmission into account. Therefore, it can be more accurate than engine horsepower.

Hydraulic Capacity

Compact tractors rely on hydraulic power. The total capacity of your hydraulic system is rated by its GPM. The total capacity refers to the capacity of all your hydraulic pumps. Steering pump only refers to the aspects of the hydraulic system that affect steering. Implement pump usually refers to the large section of the hydraulic pump that is available to rear remotes. If you are comparing the hydraulic specs of one pump to another, make sure that you are comparing the same specs.


Choose a compact tractor with a tire that is compatible with the type of surface that your tractor will be driving on. R-1 tires are intended for tractors that will be driving on dirt or mud. R-4 tires are meant for tractors that require puncture-resistance. Turf tires are meant to drive on the grass with minimal damage. By comparing each type of tractor, you'll find the one that is perfect for your business.