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TOP 10 REASONS to own a compact tractor: Hard-working compact tractors give you economic features and power to get jobs done.

I owned an old classic gas tractor that was manufactured in the 1950s. My Dad and I restored it to like-new condition, and it was a workhorse for us for many years. Because that tractor had been originally designed and constructed with quality workmanship and materials, it withstood the rigors of time and 60 years of use.

Although I loved that tractor and it continued to shoulder its share of work, it simply was underpowered and lacked the versatility available in today's compact tractors. Features such as powerful diesel engines, a variety of implements and attachments for every need, and the technological advancements in electronics and safety all combined to make the decision to purchase a compact tractor one I've never regretted.

If you're considering purchasing a new or used compact tractor, keep in mind that the average tractor ownership is 20-plus years. It's important to make sure the tractor you purchase is from a quality manufacturer that stands behind their tractors and will provide you with a valuable tool to accomplish all those tasks on your acreage for many years in the future.

There are many uses for a compact tractor that can be a real timesaver on your rural property or acreage. Here are some top 10 uses that I've found make owning a compact tractor a great investment.

1. BRUSH MOWING AND TRAIL CLEARING:

Overgrown fields choked with weeds and brush or opening trails through the woods are projects you can tackle with your compact tractor and a heavy-duty mower. Rough cut mowers can be coupled with the tractor that can handle brush and saplings up to 1 inch in diameter, or add a finish mower to keep your property maintained.

2. MATERIAL HANDLING: Compact tractors with a loader can move large quantities of material, such as rocks, gravel, sand, soil, and compost. Front-end loaders that are matched to the tractor's capability are a valuable attachment that make back-breaking jobs much easier and save you money in outside labor costs.

3. LANDSCAPE WORK: With a compact tractor, doing your own landscaping for either a new or existing property can drastically reduce the cost of projects and allow you to control your own timeline. Whether you're putting in a retaining wall, patio, or doing a complete landscape project, you can add the attachments to your tractor to get the job done.

4. DRIVEWAY MAINTENANCE AND IMPROVEMENTS: Keeping your driveway in good driving condition is easily accomplished with a compact tractor and the proper implements. Back blades mounted on your three-point hitch will keep your driveway looking good, and box scraper attachments allow you to level, grade, or backfill low areas.

5. SNOW REMOVAL: If you live in the Snow Belt, using a compact tractor to clear snow and keep roads open makes sense and can save you time and money. There are both front- and rear-mounted snow blowers that can attach to the power takeoff (PTO) of the tractor. If you have a front loader on your tractor, using a rear-mounted snow blower is a great combination that allows you to move snow in tight areas around buildings and still handle long driveways.

6. GARDEN TILLING: Preparing or expanding your garden is a breeze with a compact tractor and tiller. Regardless of your tractor size, there are tillers that can be matched to your tractor's capability. From small garden plots to large commercial-sized gardens, spring preparation and fall cleanup are quick chores with the right implements.

7. CLEANING STABLES OR LIVESTOCK ENCLOSURES: One of the benefits of a compact tractor's size is its ability to maneuver inside of buildings to help clean out stables or stalls. Moving manure piles with your loader and spreading it on your fields with your tractor and manure spreader are manageable jobs and less time consuming.

8. POSTHOLE WORK: Whether you're putting in a new fence or putting up a pole shed, a compact tractor with a three-point auger attachment can eliminate a lot of manual backbreaking work. If you have a one-time job or if your needs would be infrequent, posthole augers can be found at most rental facilities for a very reasonable cost.

9. FOOD PLOT PREPARATION: Using a compact tractor to create and maintain wildlife food plots can be an enjoyable family project. Making your property a haven for viewing or hunting is easily accomplished with a few attachments, such as a cultipacker, a disc, or a small plow. Seed and fertilizer can be spread with a three-point rotary spreader.

10. HAY PRODUCTION: Being able to bale your own hay for a small horse or livestock operation is a great reason to own a compact tractor and hay implements. Purchasing hay on a per-bale cost for more than a few cattle or horses can really add up over time. If you have land available, making your own hay can be a real cost savings.

By Tim Nephew
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