Imported Tractors

While a lot of people are not familiar with brands like Yanmar, Hinimoto, Mitsubishi, Shibura, and Iseki, these imported tractor manufacturers have a long and impressive history. Yanmar, founded in 1912, was the forerunner in the compact diesel engine market. Designing their first diesel engine in 1930 and built the worlds first small horizontal diesel engine in 1933.

By 1986 Yanmar had shipped over 100,000 tractors to John Deere alone. Yanmar continues to build the compact tractors for John Deere. In fact, the newer John Deere tractors even brag that they have Yanmar diesel engines in them. John Deere quality at an affordable price! It is not unusual, in fact, to find a comparable, used Yanmar for less than 1/2 the cost of a used Deere. Why pay more when they are made by the same company?

The other imported tractor manufacturers, Hinimoto, Iseki, Shibura, and Mitsubishi, but most, if not all, of the compact tractors for Cub Cadet, Ford, Massey, Allis, and Case. Most of the imported compact tractors that we sell have a nearly identical American model. All of the compact tractors that we sell go through a complete inspection. We check the tractor for any, leaks, check the belts and hoses, and make sure that everything is working the way it should.

Worried about getting parts? Yanmar, and most of the others, have been around about as long as there have been tractors. They are here to stay. The parts are usually about as easy to get as parts for any other tractor.

The majority of the compact tractors in this country originate in either Japan, China, or Korea. Our primary source is Japan. In Japan there are many small farms, each having a tractor. These tractors are used primarily for the purpose of rototilling.

Used Japanese tractors tend to have little wear. Rototiller operations are very easy on machinery. You can only rototill a field so much as it is growing crops most of the time. The engine and drive train are operated at a constant rpm and constant load hence these tractors have been used well within their design capabilities. Typically the only signs of age are cosmetic from sun and weather. The basic “guts” of the tractor have very little wear. This is in contrast to tractors used in the U.S. where typically they are used as multi-purpose units and many times with a front end loader. This, and the fact that U.S. operators will many times attempt to exceed the design capabilities of their compact tractors can lead to a shortened service life. This is why, in many cases, the tractor used in Japan is the desired tractor to purchase!

Due to cultural and financial incentives, Japanese farmers tend to get new tractors well before their current tractors are used very much. Tractors that are considered used in Japan have little value in the Japanese market. U.S. buyers on the other hand, prefer to purchase a good used tractor. In fact we will boast of how we were able to obtain a good deal on a used tractor. Hence there is a large demand for used tractors.

Unlike automobiles, tractors in North America do not change hands very much. Many times it seems like the purchase of a tractor is a lifetime purchase. Just like the acreage it was purchased for. Because there is a shortage of used tractors in the U.S., used tractors from Japan are very desirable.

We do something totally unique and cutting edge in this already unique niche market. You may see other companies selling used tractors from Japan. Some that are “checked out” and sold basically “as is.” Our tractors are reconditioned in North America. We have discovered that even though the tractors from Japan are generally low time and in great basic mechanical condition there are a lot of minor things that need to be taken care of. When we go through almost the entire tractor we can be confident of a standardized product. What is easy for us to fix in a factory environment is a pain to deal with for the end user.

Buy with confidence. Big Red’s Equipment is a full service business. With a knowledgeable parts department and service center trained on the workings of your compact tractor. Unlike others selling tractors on the side of the highway, we stand behind every purchase. Your tractor will come complete with top link, pins, clips, etc. ready to work. When purchasing our tractors you get a complete product with quality and a sales person with the knowledge of your product. We offer our tractors in two versions: fully reconditioned and “Grade-A” non-reconditioned tractors.

About Jinma Tractors

1.    Intro

The following is general information on the Jinma series of tractors that are imported from China.  It is meant to assist the prospective buyer in determining if this tractor is right for them.  This information comes from being a Jinma 254 owner, hanging out at the Chinese Tractors Owner Association (CTOA) board, and the information provided by its many contributors.  It is for personal use only.   

The Jinma Tractor is designed and manufactured in China.  You will see it referred to as JinMa, Jinma, or just JM.   This is one of many Chinese brands.  It has become the most popular to be imported to the US.  This is primarily due to the fact that the Jinma factory made changes for the US market and addressed some quality issues, faster than the other Chinese brands. The Chinese are constantly improving these tractors.  Some brands, like Dongfeng, are not far behind the Jinma.  Many companies and importers sell these tractors.  You will see them with brand names such as NorTrac, EmeryBuilt, Agracat, Farm Boss, and many others.   Many dealers will not advertise their tractors as Jinma or being made in China.  You will have to deduce that from pictures or discussions with the particular dealer.  


While these tractors are sold by multiple of different dealers. they are not 100% identical.  Dealers have the flexibility to work with the Chinese on their particular requirements.  In most cases these differences are not significant.  Also, dealers vary on the assembly work they do stateside.  They will sometimes substitute US or other manufactured parts, for the Chinese ones.  Each will vary in their assembly knowledge and skills.  You should contact the prospective dealer to understand what their respective value-add is.


There is little dealer support provided by the factory.  Each dealer must gain their knowledge and experience, on their own or from other sources, and experiences.  Dealer experience runs from bolt together and go shops, to very experienced with the issues and understanding of what needs to be done with these tractors.  Understanding where your dealer falls between these extremes may influence reliability and support, down the road.    The CTOA board and its many contributors, strive to provide the knowledge and understanding that is needed to support the Chinese tractors.

2.    What to expect in a Jinma tractor

The Jinma tractor is very similar to US tractor designs of the 1950’s.  Vintage tractors such as the Ford 8N are of similar design.  They have been updated with powerful diesel engines, power steering, better brakes, 2 stage clutches, and other improvements.

2.1.                    Lower cost

By far, the biggest attraction for these tractors, is their low cost.   Fully assembled tractors can be had for as little as 6K.  Doing your own assembly work will provide additional savings.   Compare that to Kubota, New Holland, John Deere, or other tractors.  Their cost is about double. These tractors are not Kubota equivalents at half the price, though.   Outside of other Chinese brand tractors, they are the most reasonably priced new tractors you can buy.

2.2.                    Powerful diesel engine

Diesel engines provide low RPM power ideal for tractor use.  They are more rugged and require less maintenance.  The Chinese diesels that come in these tractors, are strong, powerful engines.  The Chinese having been making diesel engines for many years, and produce more units per year then any other nation.  They will typically out perform top brand models of the same hp rating.  This is because the Chinese rate their engines on a 12 hour vs 1 hour bassis.  The engines come in numerous configurations, including 2,3, and 4 cylinder models.  The two most popular are the TY295 and the Y385.  The TY295 is usually found in the 20-22 hp tractors, while the Y385 is popular with the 25-28hp tractor.  BTW, the first number in the engine designation usually refers to the number cylinders.  The rest of the digits refer to the cylinder bore size, in millimeters.   In general, the engines with more cylinders will be smoother running, while the ones with less, will be more powerful, at lower RPMs.   The current engines that are available in the Jinma tractor are not EPA certified.  I am not aware of any Chinese diesel engine that is EPA certified.

2.3.                    Model series

While Jinma tractors are available in 2 wheel drive models, very few dealers offer them.  The cost savings usually does not justify giving up the four-wheel drive capability.  All four-wheel drive models have a control lever to engage/disengage four-wheel drive.   The two wheel drive models are not discussed here.

 JM204 – 224

This size is great for yard work, driveway clearing, and for light fieldwork.  It is the most common model to get the turf tire option.   It is able to handle decent size implements.  This tractor easily handles four-foot box blade, six-foot finish mowers, and four-foot rotary cutters.   Average price of an assembled tractor is around 6K.

2.3.1.                        JM254 – 284

This is the most common model in the Jinma line, today.  It is the only model available from many dealers.  This tractor provides a good size compromise to handle large yard projects and fieldwork.  It provides good power and traction for hilly areas.  Many components are shared with the 204-224 series tractors.  The 254-284 is primarily characterized by larger front wheels (16” Vs 12”), larger rear tires, and a larger more powerful engine.  It can handle larger implements, such as five-foot box blades and rotary cutters.  Prices average around 7.5 – 8k, for assembled tractors.

2.3.2.                        JM304 – 354

This is relatively new in the Jinma line.  Little user feedback is available at this time.  It is a larger and heavier framed tractor than the 254-284, 204-224 series.  It has larger wheels and larger more powerful engines.  This tractor would be more suited for some farm work than the 254-284 series.  It would be more effective for plowing and tending to acre+ parcels.  It will handle larger implements than the smaller series.  Six-foot box blade and rotary cutters are more suitable to this tractor.  This tractor approaches the physical size of the tractor icon Ford 8N, but with much more capability.    There is no JM backhoe option for this tractor yet.  The JW-03 will not fit this tractor.  Three point hitch style backhoes should be able to mount to this tractor.   Prices run 8-9k for assembled tractors. 

2.4.                    Easy to work on

The tractors are the equivalent to US autos of the 60’s and early 70’s.  Access to most items is easy and straightforward.  Filters and fluid changes are an easy matter to deal with.  There are only a handful of different metric size wrenches needed, on these tractors.  How things are assembled can be easily interpreted from the “Illustrated Parts Breakdown” manual or from careful inspection and dis-assembly.   No expensive electrical diagnostic equipment is needed.

2.5.                    Fit and finish

The fit and finish on these tractors are not on par with many US counterpart tractors.  The Chinese keep improving in this area, though.  Currently, it wouldn’t be uncommon to find some areas of the under carriage or other parts of the tractor that was missing some black paint.  The painting of hoods, cowling, and other surfaces, lack the sophistication of multiple layers of baked-on paint, and clear coating.  It is also typical that some small chips and scratches take place in shipping and handling.  The assembler or dealer can easily handle these defects.  Consequently, items on these tractors tend to rust more quickly than normal.  Keeping the tractor covered, away from exposure of the elements, becomes more important.

2.6.                    Control layout

Control layout is typical to what you would find in 1950’s vintage US tractors.  There are many levers and controls.  Most are in easy reach.  Like 50’s vintage tractors, you are sitting over the transmission.  No flat, open deck, like what can be found on many Kubotas, and yard machines.  When you mount and dismount the tractor, you need to take care to how you lift and place your feet.  The seat is a hard mount, with no springs or damping, outside of the seat foam.

2.7.                    Hood/Fenders

The Jinma hood has been going through numerous changes over the last few years.  They have gone from boxy metal hoods to sleek fiberglass like hoods.  Improvements have been made in access to areas, ease of fuel filling, and other cosmetic changes.  Future units are expected to change as well.  Metal fenders have been the norm for a number of years.  The Jinma’s are now available with sleek fiberglass type fenders.  Metal components, while being more susceptible to rust, are probably more durable in the long run.  Rocks and stones that fall from FEL, etc would only cause dents, which could easily be hammered out, by the average Joe. 

2.8.                    Transmissions

The transmissions on these tractors use straight gearing.  The tractor needs to be completely stopped to change gears.  Failure to do so will result in grinding.  Straight gearing also produces more gear wine than more refined transmissions.  While there is some variance in transmissions provided, most offer 3 forward gears, 1 reverse, high/low range, and a creeper gear.  This makes 16 combinations of possible gearing.  Probably more than anyone actually needs.  There are no hydrostatic or shuttle shift options, with these tractors.  Note: 304-354 uses a different transmission.

2.9.                    Hydraulic pumps

There are a number of different hydraulic pump options that your dealer can select.  These range in capacity, and from single to dual pumps.  The most popular is a single high volume pump that runs of the timing cover of the engine.  This pump is said to be more reliable and can handle the requirements of power steering, rear lift, and a properly plumbed FEL. 

2.10.               All metric

All nuts and bolts on these tractors are metric.  The metric sizes include 8, 10, 13, 16, 18, 21, and 24 mm.  If your dealer includes the standard parts and tools box that come with these tractors, it will include open-end wrenches and other tools you need.  If not, a quick trip to the local auto parts store will yield the size you need.  Most tractor supply stores keep a good stock of metric bolts.

2.11.               Fluid leaks

Some slight oil seepage, small fuel, and other fluid leaks are not uncommon on these tractors.  Most are easily rectified, if it does happen.  This is another area that they keep improving on. 

2.12.               Battery

The Chinese battery while large and heavy, does not produce allot of cranking amps.  The Chinese typically use the decompression lever for cold weather starting.  Some dealers replace the Chinese battery during assembly.  If you live in cold climates, you may want to consider replacing it with a 750-1000 CCA battery.   Otherwise, use it until it fails and replace with US brand battery.

2.13.               Electrical items

The Chinese electrical items could stand some improving.  While the starter and alternator are reliable, many of the gauges experience premature failure.  Failures of gauges probably increase with exposure to the elements.  Most gauges can be replaced with US type parts.  BTW, gauges are in metric units, but it is easy to convert.  Lights are also easy to retrofit if they should fail.  The electrical switches for lights, ignition, etc, can easily be replaced with commonly available parts

2.14.               Manuals

The tractors come with 4 manuals. 

  • Tractor Illustrated Parts Breakdown Manual
  • Tractor Operations and Maintenance Manual
  • Engine Illustrated Parts Breakdown Manual
  • Engine Operations Manual

Reading these can be somewhat amusing given that the Chinese conversion to English is not always 100%.  These manuals maybe replaced or supplemented by dealer supplied ones.


3.    Parts Information

3.1.                    Parts toolbox

The Chinese supply a parts and toolbox with each tractor.  The tools comprise of a four open end wrenches, breaker bar and 18mm socket, a special 13-16mm box end wrench possibly used for clutch work, and other misc. tools.   One spare oil filter and fuel filter is provided.  Other parts include piston rings, head gasket, many o-rings, some light bulbs, and a few other miscellaneous parts.

3.2.                    Parts availability

Because so many dealers sell Jinma or versions of the Jinma tractor, parts are available from multiple sources.   Multiple sources provide competition, which keeps prices in check. 

3.3.                    Can you wait on parts?

If your local dealer is gouging, non-existent, or out of stock, you can go to many other Jinma dealers to order parts.  You will have the added expense of shipping, and must be able to tolerate the wait.  If the tractor is used in a business such as landscaping or farming, you need to consider that.  Lost time might impact you more. 

3.4.                  Warrantee parts

The Chinese provide a one year parts warrantee with these tractors, which starts the day the shipment is accepted.  The shipping is paid for by the dealer or contained in the next tractor shipment.  The dealer will send you parts from their stock on hand.  Some parts are included to the importer/dealer to handle early warrantee and installation and checkout failures.  The factory warrantee is different then the dealer warrantee.  Make sure you understand the warrantee being offered to you.  All warrantees should be in writing.


4.    What options should I get?

There are a number of common options that can be ordered with the Jinma tractor.  Most dealers offer some of these options.

4.1.                    Folding ROPS

This allows you to park the tractor inside of a typical car garage.  There are two flavors.  One to be used with the optional sunshade, and one without.  Unless you have a dedicated high bay garage or barn, this option is highly recommended.

4.2.                    Sunshade

Made of white fiber-plastic like material, offers some relief from the beating sun or light rain showers.   Also comes in two flavors.  One type is for the optional folding ROPS, and one for without.  If you will be mowing or working close to trees, you will need the folding type, albeit you would be defeating the safety of the rollbar.  The sunshade will also provide a nice place to mount auxiliary lights.  Auxiliary lights are recommended when using a FEL.  If you are forced to store your tractor outside, it also makes for a nice tarp support mechanism.

4.3.                    Turf tires

A turf tire option is available.  The standard Ag tires will leave an imprint in the yard, unless you have very dry, hard packed soil.  The turf tires go a long way in preventing this.  They will not perform well in fieldwork such as plowing, disking, and similar activities where the turf tire tread will become clogged with dirt and mud, and will loose traction.  The turf tires do not come with wheel weights, which can be a concern if you plan to use a FEL.

Note: Four wheel drive should not be engaged during yard work, unless the added traction is absolutely necessary.  It will cause additional damage to the yard during tight turns.  No R4 option is available from China.  Some dealers may offer this using aftermarket tires/wheels


Please note:  If your tractor was originally equipped with Ag or turf tires/wheels, do not assume you can purchase the other style and use them.  The 254/284 will need a gearing change to be able to use 4 wheel drive mode.   This is not a minor change and requires extensive disassembly that maybe out of the range of any backyard mechanics.  The 204 series should be OK, but check with your dealer to make sure.

4.4.                    Removable side covers

This option is primarily a cosmetic one.  The main drawback is that it prevents easy access to a number of areas.  Filter changes and other maintenance is hampered.  Definitely not recommended if you plan to use a FEL.  Removing the side covers may require removal of the FEL.   If you like the looks that they provide, just be prepared to deal with the downside.

4.5.                    New Flip-up Hood

Jinma has come out with a new hood style for the 254/284 series tractors.  This hood provides a sleeker look that goes well with the new fiberglass style fenders.  It provides easy access to the battery and radiator area of the tractor.  Also has a larger set of headlights over the previous version.  The only downside is: FEL installed tractors may require the removal of the front crosspiece to be able to open the hood.  The new hood also comes with a new set of removable side-covers.  The new hood design allows for removal of the side panels with a FEL mounted.

4.6.                    Axle mounted power steering cylinder

The 304/354 comes standard with an axle mounted power steering cylinder.  It is an option on the 254-284 tractors.  The side-mounted cylinder is prone to breaking steering arms when used with loaded FEL, while turning hard when the tractor isn’t moving.   The steering arm is a reasonable inexpensive part and easy to replace.   The axle-mounted cylinder is much stronger, and will prevent this.  Unfortunately, you lose about “X” inches of front ground clearance.  This is fine for yard and reasonably level fieldwork.  This could be a concern if you will be using it in deep ruts, creek beds, and other rough areas.   The 304/354 cylinder is mounted above the bottom of the axle and does not suffer the lost clearance.

Note: Unsure of exact lost clearance.  Will measure when new tractor arrives.

4.7.                    Integrated Instrument Panel

An integrated instrument panel is available over the standard separate gauges.  It provides all the gauges in a nice compact unit that looks very good on the tractor.  You should consider, if one gauge fails within the package, it may require the whole assembly to be replaced.  The separate gauges would be easier to find US replacement parts for. 

4.8.                    Spring Mounted Tractor Seat

A new spring mounted tractor seat is now available from the Jinma factory.  This is welcome over the hard mounted one that can be a pain in your back and butt after a long day on the tractor.  Highly recommended. 

4.9.                    Other options

Power steering, dual stage clutch, tach, etc

While these may have been options at one time, most are standard equipment today.  If the tach is an option on the particular tractor you are looking at, get it.  It is very important to know what RPMs a diesel engine is running at.  Many of the options discussed above will become standard equipment down the road. 


5.    Where should I buy a Jinma from?

At the current time, just about anyone can import these tractors from China, given the importing knowledge and having the money to pay up front for delivery.   Tractors can be purchased from one-time importers to dealers that have many years of experience with the Chinese factories.  Unlike most tractors, there is the ability to buy the tractor in crate form.   Each option has a degree of risk and the corresponding amount of savings or cost involved. Don’t assume if the Jinma dealer you purchased your tractor from, goes under or stops selling tractors, that your warrantee or repair work will be picked up by another Jinma dealer.  In most situations, this is not the case.


The following are generalizations.  Exceptions exist and some dealers may cover multiple roles and have the benefits that the combination brings.

5.1.                    Crate Tractors

Crate tractors offer the most dollar savings to the buyer.  The purchaser needs to have a decent mechanical ability and tools to perform the assembly.   The tractors do not come with an assembly guide or directions from China.  Check with your supplier if they provide any instructions.  If possible, get a copy of the instructions before purchasing, such that you can determine that it is within your abilities. 


Most crate purchases require most or all payment up front.  Make sure you understand the warrantee that is being offered and who pays the shipping of warrantee parts, and from where.  Make sure you are comfortable with the amount of technical support they can provide.


From time to time, some quality issues do make it out of the factory.  The crate purchaser will be at more of a disadvantage to solving and dealing with these issues.  You have to be prepared for the possibility of a long wait for parts.  While the assembly and most repairs are straight forward, recognize that you are responsible for ALL repairs, be it engine, transmission, or drive train.  If something is amiss from the factory, you will have to deal with it.

5.2.    One-time or Buddy deals

It is not uncommon to see a group of guys pool their money to order a container of tractors.  Sometimes they need a few people to help fill the container.  These deals can be very cost effective.  Understand that there is a one-year parts warrantee from the factory, but it does not include shipping from China.  Make sure you understand who pays for this shipping.  In most cases, you assume the same risks as a crate tractor even if someone else assembles it.  Technical support is determined by the capabilities of the group involved.

5.3.                    Importer

The importer deals mostly in crate tractors but will have a number of containers delivered per year.  The frequency of containers usually determines when non-stocked parts would be available.  They may sell directly to the end user or to small dealers or both.  Importers have a very good knowledge on how to arrange and get the product into the country.  They may have very little hands-on experience assembling or actual seat time in the tractors.  Little technical support is usually provided. 

5.4.                    Small Dealer

Dealers with only one or a handful of outlets can provide a very personnel service.  They get to know their customers on a friendly basis.  You may have to pay slightly more since their overhead has less to be spread over.  A one-on-one relationship with your dealer can provide a lot of satisfaction and trust, which can pay-off in the long run.   Small dealers are more susceptible to market conditions and supply issues.  Buyer gets the opportunity to touch and feel the tractor.  Buys what he sees on the lot.

5.5.                    Large Dealer/Distributor

Theoretically can provide the best support and cost structure over a small dealer.  Has the resource to draw upon in unique circumstances that may severely impact a small shop.  Has the quantities purchased to influence the factory on options and suggestions.  Sometimes, but not always may lack the personnel touch.  It compares to going to your local hardware store VS Lowes or Home Depot.   You may get the best price and return policy, but they may not greet you by name or remember the exact configuration and options you purchased, the next time you stop by.   Should have a very adequate parts supply that should not require any waiting, for delivery from China.  You get the same touch and feel benefit of a small dealer.

5.6.                    Sideline Business

You will find Jinma tractors sold by used car dealers to farm supply discount houses, where tractors sales and support only make-up some fraction of their total business.  This diversification can certainly help during lean tractor sales periods.  It can also lead to some buyer frustrations, when the tractor expert is not on premise.   The sales person you talk to, may never have owned or operated a tractor.  If you are knowledgeable enough, then this might not be an issue. 

5.7.                    Experienced Chinese Tractor Dealer

This is by far the safest way to go with a Chinese tractor.  The longtime dealer has all the experience with dealing with the Chinese and understands and remedies all the issues that can crop up.  They have developed the knowledge on what has to be checked, replaced, and fixed on container delivery.  They know what parts and the quantity needed to be present to support the volumes of tractors sold.  Realize that this experience and support does not come free.  They have carefully calculated the assembly and support costs and knows what needs to be charged to sustain their business for the long run.   The Chinese Jinma tractor is still relatively new to the USA, so the number of very experienced dealers is very low.  If you are fortunate to have one close enough to your location, it is certainly worth the premium for this valued experience.

5.8.                    CTOA Support

The Chinese Tractor Owner’s Association (CTOA) message board provides support and guidance needed for many to maintain and fix their tractors.  After monitoring this board for a short time, you will realize that most of the technical responses come from handful of dedicated dealers and owners.  One should realize the time and effort that these people spend to help, and there is no guarantee that they will always be there.  


Your dealer should be given the opportunity to help fix or remedy the situation, prior to bringing it to the board.   Bringing a problem immediately to the board can give the wrong impression on the kind of support they are providing.  Please post the problem and remedy afterwards, such that others can learn from it.  


If the board provides you with answers and helps you with problems and issues, please return the favor to others.  Dealers that see people being helped that purchased the product from should also return the favor and help ones that didn’t.  The board is growing in strength and popularity and it needs everyone’s support to continue to do so.  This is needed such that the Chinese tractor will continue to grow and improve for the future.

5.9.                    Questions you should ask or consider asking

  • How long have they been in business?
  • How long have they been dealing with Chinese tractors?
  • How often do they get new container shipments in?
  • How extensive is their supply of parts?
  • What is the written warranty?
    • What does it cover?
    • What doesn’t it cover?
    • What is the period, and when does it start?
    • Are their deductibles and is it per repair?
    • Do you need to bring the tractor in?
    • Where do you go for repairs?
    • Can they provide a list of customers to contact?
    • What is their reputation in the area?
    • Are tractors and implements their only business?
    • Does what the dealer says jive with what research you have done on the tractors?

5.10.               Buy from summary

You will have to balance what your needs and requirements are to what sales options you have in your area.  Careful consideration before buying can be critical to long time satisfaction.  No one can tell you what is best for you.  If a good fit can not be made in your area to your needs, consider looking at other tractors and solutions. 


6.    Summary

The Jinma tractor provides allot of value for the money.  While it has some deficiencies, they are minor and can be easily dealt with.  This tractor is ideal for the person that can do their own repair and maintenance.  At their price point, it brings the possibility of a new tractor, to people who could only consider purchasing used or renting.  Best suited for small estate owners and some light commercial work, such as landscaping. 

Man Arrested for Driving Tractor Drunk!

A man who had been arrested twice before for drunk driving was nabbed in Michigan for driving drunk again, but this time he was driving a John Deere tractor.

Police spotted him driving in both the southbound and northbound lanes. They stopped the guy for a traffic violation and smelled a strong odor of alcohol.

They asked the driver to submit to sobriety tests, but he refused, so he was arrested. Oh how I would love to see the dash-cam video of this Van Buren man!

Difference Between Tractors

What is the difference between engine horsepower and PTO horsepower?
Several terms are used by equipment manufacturers to describe the capacity of their tractors. The basic definitions are:

Horsepower (HP): A measure of the rate with which work is done. By definition one horsepower is the amount of energy required to move 33,000 pounds a distance of one foot in a time span of one minute or likewise, to move 1 pound 33,000 feet in one minute. It is the measure of a machine’s ability to move a load.

Power-Take-Off-Horsepower (PTO): The power as determined at the power-take-off shaft.

Of the various kinds of horsepower, maximum PTO horsepower is the one most commonly used in designating the size of a tractor. On tractors that do not have a PTO shaft, brake horsepower, or maximum drawbar hp ratings may be used.

How much horsepower do I need?
There is no set amount of horsepower for every person. Ideally you need to match the tractor to the job you want to do. If you want to operate a five-foot cutter (shredder), a good rule of thumb is 20 PTO horsepower (not engine horsepower). A six-foot cutter requires roughly 30 PTO horsepower. It can help you get a handle on what you might need. Remember, we’re here to help, so please call us to talk to one of our experienced salesmen personally to help determine your needs.

Is two-wheel drive or four-wheel drive better?

Tractors can be divided into 3 categories: 2-wheel drive, front-wheel assist or unequal 4-wheel drive, and equal 4-wheel drive tractors. Each one of these tractors has different tire configurations and different ballast requirements.

Two-Wheel Drive Tractors (2WD) are most commonly used in dry or upland farming situations and for transportation. They range in size from 5 HP – 200 HP and need 80% of the weight distributed over the rear axle to maximize traction. The biggest advantages of this type of tractor over other 4-wheel tractors are smaller turning circle, simplicity of design, fewer mechanical parts and lower purchase price. However, a 2WD tractor does not work at all well in wet, hilly and muddy conditions.

Front Wheel Assist (FWA) is commonly known as 4WD or unequal 4-wheel drive. It is the most popular 4- wheel tractor in many parts of the United States and worldwide. These tractors range in size from 5 HP – 240 HP and are capable of delivering between 50-55% of the rated power at the drawbar. Typically, between 75% and 85% of the rated engine HP is delivered to a rear PTO (Power Take-Off) on any diesel tractor. On a FWA tractor the front drive tires are smaller than the rear tires. These tractors require 40% of the weight distributed over the front axle and 60% over the rear axle. The major advantage in using this type of tractor is that it can deliver 10% more power to the ground at all 4 tires for the same fuel consumption, and thus has much better traction and flotation capabilities than 2-wheel tractors of the same size. FWA tractors normally cost about 15-35% more than the same horsepower two wheel drive tractor.

Equal Four-Wheel Drive (4WD) tractors have all four tires of equal size and range in size from 35 HP – 600 HP. This tractor type has the greatest power to weight ratio and can deliver between 55-60% of power at the drawbar. It is challenging to maneuver and often the size and expense makes these tractors impractical.

Compact tractors

A small tractor can have a big impact on your property when it comes time to mow grass, move dirt, plant trees, haul rocks, or lug bales of hay.

By Betsy Freese
Acreage owners want a comfortable ride and the ability to work in all weather conditions and at night. This new Kubota B3030 ($20,830 and up) has a factory-installed cab with a high-back seat, air conditioning, and heat.

A small tractor can have a big impact on your property when it comes time to mow grass, move dirt, plant trees, haul rocks, or lug bales of hay.

Got a job to do? There’s a compact tractor that can help you do it in style and comfort. The market for these small workhorses is growing rapidly, and tractor manufacturers are paying close attention to the wants and needs of acreage owners.

Subcompact, compact, and utility tractors — all popular with acreage owners — represent approximately three fourths of all tractors sold in North America today. The Association of Equipment Manufacturers report that sales of <40-PTO horsepower tractors increased each month from October 2004 to January 2005.

Used compact tractor sales are up, as well, says Greg Peterson, owner of F.A.C.T’s Report (800/381-0423 or “Auction sale prices on tractors more than 5 years old in this horsepower range are holding very strong. It’s not unusual to see particular models even appreciating in value on a year-to-year basis.”

Meeting your needs

All this demand means tractor manufacturers are redesigning their models to appeal to nonfarmers. New compact tractors offer better operator convenience, a higher level of comfort, and even a nicer appearance.

There is always something to do on an acreage, from mowing grass and moving snow to planting trees and clearing brush. After the stress of the office, getting out on the tractor in the evening and weekends is relaxing.

Attachments are an important part of owning a compact tractor. Mowing and loader work are the two biggest uses for these tractors, say manufacturers. Several new tractor models this spring are designed around loaders with an emphasis on comfort and convenience. Visibility is key to loaders. If you can see what you’re doing, you are more productive. Now go out and get the job done!


AGCO is introducing eight new compact tractor models this spring, including the ST34A shown here. A completely new loader, deluxe seats, and ergonomically located controls offer operator convenience and comfort previously only available on full-size AGCO tractors. Has mechanical front-wheel drive, tilt-up hood, and removable side panels. New loader uses a pedestal mount for quick mount and dismount. Suggested retail price range for the ST34A is $25,026 to $28,802 for the cab version, and $15,870 to $19,506 for the platform version.


Branson tractors are manufactured by Kukje Machinery Co. of Korea and sold by Branson Tractor Company in Georgia. Branson has five models of compact tractors. The Branson 3510 is shown here with a BL10A loader and industrial tires. It features synchro shuttle transmission. The 12 forward/12 reverse transmission gives you four gears in each of three ranges. A synchronized reverser is standard to make repetitive forward-to-reverse loading faster. Price not provided.


Challenger MT200 compact tractors, including the new MT200B shown here, are known for ruggedness and professional-grade power. Sold and serviced by Caterpillar dealers nationwide. Ranging from 23 to 52 gross engine hp., the MT200B is now more comfortable with controls repositioned for easier use. Retail prices range from $13,500 to $35,500 (for the MT295B Cab model).


The Farmall brand, made by Case IH, dates back to the 1920s. The new DXE, D, and DX Series include subcompact, compact, and utility tractors –15 models from 18 to 55 engine hp. For light-duty work and mowing, three subcompact models (DX18E, DX22E, and DX25E) offer nimble handling in a homeowner-friendly package. In the 23- to 45-hp. range, 10 compact models are available (DX29 is shown here). In the 48- to 55-hp. range, two models are available. The price range for DXE, D, and DX Series is $9,600 to $26,000 (not including accessories, attachments, freight, setup).


The Farmtrac 270DTC compact tractor, made by Long Agribusiness, has a 27-hp., three-cylinder, indirect-injection, water-cooled engine. Features a shuttle drive, partial synchromesh transmission. Also features hydrostatic steering, four-wheel drive, rigid roll bar, telescopic drawbar, adjustable stabilizers, and rear differential lock. The ISO block-mounted platform area prevents vibrations. Industrial or turf tires are available. Matching implements such as loader, finishing mower, and tiller are also available. Suggested retail price for the Farmtrac 270DTC is $12,728.

John Deere

John Deere’s newest addition to its tractor lineup is the 3000 TWENTY Series. Four new models, including the 3120 shown here, range from 30 to 44 in gross engine horsepower. Performance tracking system allows you to monitor all tractor functions with a touch of a button. Features an automobile-style console for controls. Loader joystick and four-wheel drive make tractors loader-ready. Hydrostatic transmission means no clutching or shifting. Suggested retail price for the 3120 is $18,979.


Kioti’s new CK30 compact tractor features hydrostatic transmission, single-lever joystick, and a newly designed hood and fender. Removable engine panels and front hood allow easy access. Kioti diesel engines produce low noise, little vibration, and meet or exceed EPA regulation. Rear and front PTO are standard on CK30 tractors. Select rear or mid PTO separately or simultaneously. This allows the use of various implements, including a midmount mower. The operation of the front-end loader is made easier by use of the single-lever joystick. Suggested retail price for the CK30 with foldable ROPS and ag tires is $15,818.


Kubota offers a wide range of compact tractor models. The Grand L4630 shown here features a 44-hp. diesel engine (net), hydrostatic power steering, and a three-point hitch. Lift capacity at 24 inches behind lift point is 2,760 pounds. The L4630 offers three transmission choices and a top speed of 14 miles per hour. Performance-matched front loaders are available. Has a one-piece full open front hood. Rugged, durable, and simple to operate. Suggested retail price is $22,094 (tractor only).


The Mahindra 2810 has a 28-hp. engine and features easy-grip levers and handles, and ergonomic controls and pedals for operator comfort. Comes with four-wheel drive, full open hood, independent PTO with safety mechanism and electrohydraulic clutch, power steering, spacious operator platform, and tiltable steering column. Has a four-stroke, indirect-injection, water-cooled diesel engine. Suggested retail price is $13,750.

Massey Ferguson

The new 1500 Series compact tractors from Massey Ferguson feature full-size tractor styling, quieter and more durable engines, greater comfort, and enhanced operator convenience with quick removal and replacement of attachments. The tractors are simple to operate with easy-to-read automotive-style dash. The three-cylinder, turbocharged engines have from 33 to 40 horsepower. Prices range from $10,948 to $34,351 depending on options.


McCormick International has added the C-Max Series, a new range of utility tractors for price-conscious acreage and small farm owners. The series features five models from 59 to 99 engine hp. These three- and four-cylinder engines run more quietly, reducing bystander noise levels. Operator platform is designed to enhance driver comfort and reduce vibration and noise. Retail price for the C-Max line ranges from $29,249 to $45,857.

Montana Tractors

Montana Tractors are new to the compact market in 2004. They are manufactured in South Korea with final assembly and testing at U.S. headquarters in Arkansas. Seven compact models range from 27 to 45 horsepower. Model 2740 (shown) is powered by a 27-hp., three-cylinder, diesel engine. Four-wheel drive gives extra traction and pulling power. Has a three-year warranty. Suggested retail price is $11,867.50.

New Holland

New Holland Boomer compact tractors feature power, maneuverability, and operating ease. Models range from 18-hp. subcompacts up to 55-hp. utility. Optional SuperSteer front-wheel-drive axle gives tight turnaround. Optional Sensitrak system automatically engages and disengages four-wheel drive. Sloped hood and curved-boom loaders give better visibility. Estimated retail price for the TC45A (manual transmission) is $21,127; the TC45DA (hydrostatic transmission, SuperSteer, Sensitrak) is $26,890.

What To Do If You Run Your Tractor Out of Diesel

Bleeding Air from Diesel Fuel Lines on Japanese Yanmar Tractors If you have run your tractor out of fuel, or just changed your fuel filter, you’ll need to “bleed” this air from the fuel system to allow your tractor to run. Diesel fuel injectors are spring loaded contraptions that “pop” open at a pressure of about 2000 psi. If there is air in your fuel lines, each cycle of the pump will merely compress this bubble of air, rather than pushing fuel through the injector. No matter what you do, your tractor will not run properly, if at all, with air in the fuel lines. Fortunately, bleeding the air is easy.
For this job you will need:
1. Phillips head screw driver, and/or a 10 mm wrench (preferably a socket)
2. A rag to clean up the diesel fuel that IS going to be spilled 
3. Protective eye wear to keep diesel out of your eyes
4. In some cases, a helper to crank the tractor’s engine while you bleed the lines, and a 13 mm
wrench (preferably a socket)
Follow these steps to quickly and effectively bleed the air from your fuel system:
1. Fill the fuel tank with diesel fuel.
2. Make sure the petcock valve on the top of the fuel filter assembly (right side of the engine) is in the open (down) position.
3. With either a Phillips head screwdriver, or a 10mm wrench, open the two bolts (which are hollow and ported) on the top of
the fuel bowl assembly near the petcock. Start with the bolt on the left, then move to the one on the right. Loosen them just enough to get fuel and air bubbles flowing out around the bolts…you don’t need to take them all the way out. When you no longer see bubbles, and have a steady stream of fuel, close them back.
4. If you are bleeding the line because you just changed your fuel filter, then you should have all (or close enough) of the air out of the lines at
this point and you can proceed to step 6.
5. If you ran your tractor until it ran out of fuel and shut down, then you’ll need to follow the fuel line from the filter assembly downstream
to the injector pump. You’ll know it’s the injector pump if it has the rubber fuel line from the filter going into it, and multiple metal fuel lines (one for each cylinder) coming out of it and running to the top of the motor. On the fuel pump you’ll see a roughly sphere-shaped fitting with a ported bolt on it just like the two bolts on the filter assembly. Loosen this bolt in the same fashion, and let all the bubbles escape. Close it back after you get a constant stream of diesel only, no bubbles.
6. At this point you’re ready to try starting your tractor. Follow the proper starting procedure for your model, and crank the engine with the THROTTLE WIDE OPEN so that you’re moving as much fuel as possible through the system. Did you follow step 1 and fill the fuel tank? Good. There could still be a small amount of air in the lines that will cause your tractor to “miss” briefly, but can be purged by the pump. Let the tractor run for a moment until any sputtering or misfiring ceases and the tractor runs normally. If it runs normally, then you’re finished.
7. If your tractor will not start, or it starts but runs unusually (sputtering, missing on a cylinder, pumping an unusual amount of smoke from the exhaust) then you need to take one more step. Air is still trapped in the metal injector lines between the pump and injectors. At this stage, you will need a 13mm socket wrench, protective eyewear, and a helper. While your helper sits on the tractor and cranks the engine at full throttle, loosen the 13mm bolt on top of one of the injectors. Once again you’ll see a mix of fuel and air bubbles escaping with each cycle of the pump. Let the fuel and bubbles escape until
a) You get no bubbles, at which time you should quickly retighten the bolt and have your helper stop cranking the engine; or
b) Until 10 seconds have elapsed. At 10 seconds, if you’re still getting bubbles, quickly close the bolt and stop cranking the engine.
You still have some air in the lines, but you need to stop and let the starter motor cool down, or you risk ruining it. After a few minutes, repeat
the process until you see no more bubbles. In some extreme cases you may need to bleed / rest / repeat several times to get all the air out of each line. You then need to repeat the process ON ALL INJECTORS. Some multi-cylinder engines will run (albeit not very well) when one of the cylinders is failing to fire due to air in the line to that cylinder, so if you have to go all the way to this point, be sure to bleed each injector line to make sure you get all the air out of each line. As soon as the air has been purged, the tractor will fire up and run strongly, at which point you should quickly retighten the final bolt, clean up the spilled diesel, and get back to work! Clean up note: Diesel fuel tends to “yellow” the paint on your tractor if it’s not cleaned up thoroughly. Using a citrus-based degreaser (be sure to rinse it off afterward) or soapy water to clean up the spilled diesel will keep everything looking newer longer! Be kind to the environment! Perform this process in an appropriate location… Don’t let spilled diesel run onto the ground and into our water ways where it will foul our drinking water and ruin the fishing! Dispose of all waste fuel, dirty rags, etc properly.

Why Use A Garden Bedder?

If you need to make a raised hill bed for vegetables in your garden, a tractor garden bedder is the best attachment for the job. With simple construction, a garden bedder easily piles the broken up dirt in your garden into a nice hill, and will even leave a “V” furrow in the top for easier planting. The practice of using raised beds in the garden is beneficial with crops such as potatoes, zucchini, squash, and other large seeded crops.


Garden bedders come in three sizes: GB-50, GB-60, and GB-60. The biggest difference in these garden bedders is the height of the main bar on the GB-50 is about half of the height of the GB-60 and GB-70, which can easily be seen because the GB-50 only has a single row of adjustment holes in the main bar, the GB-60 and GB-70 have two rows of adjustment holes making them twice as tall. The stems that connect the discs and sweeps to the main bar are held in place by U-bolts, and double U-bolts are used with the GB-60 and GB-70, giving the two larger models more lateral stability. The frame of all of the garden bedders is made from 3/8″ or  5/16″ thick steel, the hiller discs are made from cast steel, and the sweep points are made from hardened steel. All the materials used in the garden bedders promise a long life implement that will give you great garden beds for many years.


Some adjustment is required to get the perfect bed in your garden, and what works in one garden might not work for the next.

Tractor Cement Mixer

Attachable to your tractor via 3 point hitch and PTO driven, work like a professional on your next construction job with one of these high quality cement mixers.

Learn About Tractor Cement Mixers

Mix concrete with efficiency and maneuverability.

These cement mixers (also called concrete mixer) utilize a rotating drum to thoroughly blend together cement, gravel or sand, and water to form concrete. It is important to deliver the concrete to the intended location before the mixture becomes too hard. This is where attaching a cement mixer to a tractor provides ample mobility. Any construction job will become much easier and more efficient with a tractor cement mixer.

Your tractor is required to have a category 1 style 3 point hitch.

Tractor Cement Mixer Details

Heavy duty drum construction, chain transmission drive, and hydraulic dumping are a few of the key features on a tractor cement mixer.

The rotating drum is constructed of 3 mm steel and has no welded joints for easy disassembly. The frame itself is built using heavy duty steel and attaches right up to a category 1, 3 point hitch. There is a hydraulic cylinder that operates the dumping action for the cement mixer, requiring an available remote hydraulic valve on the host tractor. The cylinder only actuates in one direction, which is used for lifting and positioning the drum. Gravity provides the necessary force for dumping the cement.

The tractor cement mixer drum has a capacity of 12 cubic feet of concrete mixture. The PTO shaft provides plenty of rotating power to properly mix the cement prior to dumping. The attachable concrete mixer is a breeze to remove and has stationary feet for upright storage, and smooth reattachment. The tractor’s ability to access construction sites in hard to reach areas, or off road locations, make the tractor cement mixer a valuable implement.

Tractor disc harrow

Tractor disc harrow

Disc harrows are tractor implements used to cultivate land and prepare the soil for crops to be planted. Disc harrows are also used to chop up left over plant material and undesirable weed growth.  The discs are usually constructed of steel and are slightly concave.   This slight “bowl” shape aids the process of lifting dirt and soil as the disc rotates and cuts through.  A tractor pulled disc harrow normally consists of two or four sections of discs.  Each section is angled outward in design, so a bird’s eye top view of a 4 section disc harrow would show resemblance to an “X” shape. 

Most tractor attached disc harrows use a standard category 1, 3 point hitch to mount up.  The 3 point hitch allows the tractor to easily lift and lower the disc harrow to the ground.   Some larger models also use additional hydraulics to raise sections vertically for easier road transportation and tighter storage.  Tractor disc harrows should have adjustments for angle of the cut, and sometimes offset.  High quality disc harrows use sealed bearings provide better performance long term.

King Kutter Disc Harrow

Tractor disc harrows are usually used in agriculture after the soil has been plowed.  Disc harrows work great for cutting up corn stalks and other left over vegetation.  The result is a fairly level, smoother surface for planting new crops. 

There are many different manufacturers of tractor disc harrows. For a good investment, look for frames constructed of thick tube steel. Also look for adequate disc diameter, and axles mounted on sealed bearings.

Tractor Cultivators

Also known as a field cultivator, ripper, or tillage tool

This tractor attachable field cultivator is mounted using a standard 3 point hitch. It boasts 6 laterally adjustable tines made from high quality carbon steel which cut into the ground and cultivate your soil or field. This #11 tractor cultivator also has reversible and replaceable tips, and an optional furrowing tool which easily attaches to the front.

About Tractor Cultivators

Cultivators attach to a host tractor via 3 point hitch.

A tractor attached cultivator is an agricultural implement used to condition soil and crop environment.  Tractor cultivators are sometimes used before a crop is planted to chew up and pulverize the soil.   Once the crops are established, a tractor cultivator is used to remove unwanted weeds, while simultaneously aerating the ground to promote healthy vegetation.  A cultivator does a similar job to a disc harrow, but with greater depth and provides more of a tilling effect.

The basic design of a tractor powered field cultivator consists of a steal frame, with individually mounted ripper shanks that penetrate the ground.  Some variations feature spring loaded tension on the shanks to prevent any significant damage in the event of hitting a large stone or rock.  Field cultivators attach to the tractor using a 3 point hitch, and some even have hydraulic lifters to fold up outer sections when transporting.

Different Types of Cultivators

Leinbach Tractor Cultivator with Optional Bedders There are a few options when choosing a cultivator for your tractor.

There are different variations of cultivators such as single row & multiple row, V style, as well as different offset configurations within each style.  Overall width, the number of tines or rippers, and the available options are also to be considered when choosing the right tractor cultivator for the job.   Options can include front mounted furrower, and removable bedders.  These options enable your cultivator to be more versatile and complete multiple tasks using one attachment.  It is also important to make sure the horsepower rating of your  tractor meets the requirements for each specific size cultivator.

  • Many ripper shanks are equipped with replaceable points.

Boom Pole Tractor Attachment

Tractor Boom Pole Information

A boom pole, also known as a “cherry picker” or when mounted on a tractor “rear cane” is a lifting device. The design of a tractor boom pole is relatively basic but provides a safe and effective means of lifting and moving almost anything (within the specification weight limits of course). Some examples of a typical load can be farm equipment, engines, other implements, building materials, etc. Another great use for the tractor boom pole is loading heavy objects on and off of a trailer.

Tractor boom poles are made using steel channel or tubing, and strengthened with welded supports. Medium duty boom poles attach to your tractor via category 1 style 3 point hitch. Heavier duty boom poles with a higher weight lifting capability use a category 2 size 3 point hitch. An average length reach for a tractor boom pole is between 6 – 10 feet from the rear hitch. Models will have a hook up location on the end of the pole, along with an additional hook up mounted approximately 20% of the distance in from the end for increased strength while lifting the heavy loads. Some boom poles also have a solid rod running the length of the pole and welded to the top for added strength, using the same physical concept of a suspension bridge.

Where To Buy a Boom Pole For Your Tractor

There are a few different models to choose from when selecting your tractor boom pole. The size tractor you own, the weight lifting ability, and whether or not you will be using the boom to simply lift, or lift and transport all play a role in deciding which model is best suited for you. Is it a good idea to seek the advice of a seasoned tractor attachment dealer when purchasing any new implement to make sure you get the right product.

Brush Hog (Single Spindle Rotary Cutter) Manufacturers (Rough cut/Bush Hog)

There are a few companies that manufacture brush hog attachments for your tractor. We are going to talk about the two brands we recommend for great value. The first is Fred Cain brush hog rotary cutters. They are made using quality materials and are assembled well for long life. The second brand is King Kutter brush hog mowers for your tractor. Definitely our favorite brush hog manufacturer, they offer a wide variety of models, have reasonable prices, and best of all most of the stuff they sell is Made in the USA.

Tractor Brush Hog Dealers

When it comes time to purchase your next brush hog rotary cutter for your tractor, there are a few options. You can drive around wasting gas looking for the right model, and probably pay top dollar if you ever do find one.


What is a Tractor Brush Hog?

Tractor Brush Hog - Bottom View

A tractor brush hog is another term for a large, heavy duty rotary mower. A brush hog is usually attached to a farm tractor using a standard 3 point hitch and harness energy from the Power Take Off (PTO).  The tractor brush hog is basically a large version of a lawn mower with a couple exceptions. The cutting blades are not mounted in a rigid fashion, but in on a swivel or pivoting mechanism.  This allows the blades to bounce off objects such as stumps or rocks without damaging the brush hog.  After the tractor has cleared the obstacle, the blades return to their proper cutting position simply by the centrifugal force generated by the rotation.  The rotary blades themselves are constructed of heavy duty carbon steel, and are not sharpened like a traditional lawn mower blade.  This is because the optimal action is not cutting with a sharp edge, rather the momentum of the heavy blades chopping and pulling thicker vegetation out of the ground and throwing it back down.   Some tractor brush hog blades feature a wedge design with an intentionally dull edge. The spindle itself that the blades are mounted to, is normally designed with a tapered lip to maneuver the brush hog up and over stumps without causing any significant damage to the cutter.

Tractor Plows

Modern Tractor Plows – 3 Point Hitch

2 Bottom plow mounted on a tractorMost modern day tractor plows are constructed of heavy duty steel, and attach using the standard 3 point hitch. The number of furrows or bottoms also varies. A contemporary tractor plow will usually have one or two bottoms. On a larger tractor it is not uncommon to have plows with seven furrows and is capable of reversing sides. The very large, more commercial tractor plows will have up to eighteen furrows! Although some tractor plows still have to be adjusted manually to set plowing depth and angle, some plows adjust automatically using the tractor’s hydraulic system. Large tractors that are equipped with a 3 point hitch on the front can also attach a 2 or 3 furrow plow to the front as well.

While large scale tractor plows are visually impressive, it’s the smaller more economical plows that are growing in popularity. Many people out there are expanding their smaller gardens into more efficient crop producers. That’s where the one or two bottom tractor plows pave the way. Hobby farmers can really benefit from the great value an inexpensive tractor plow has to offer.

Information About Tractor Plows

The term “plow” is the American version of “plough”

The history of plows dates way back to 5500 BC, when ancient Egyptians invented agriculture. Later came the crooked plow design and addition of mouldboards. The first mechanical option to livestock pulling plows was the invention of the steam engine tractor. These massive heavy machines were inefficient overkill and soon gave way to the modern day style combustion engine tractors. Plows have since been updated and refined including the incorporation of the 3 point hitch, but the overall design remains consistent with the original crooked plow.


Typical Tractor Plow Diagram

This diagram illustrates the common elements of a typical tractor plow.

1. Frame(usually made of steel)

2. 3 point hitch

3. Height adjustment

4. Knife or sometimes a coulter wheel

5. Chisel or cutting edge

6. Share, or sometimes referred to as the plowshare

7. Mouldboard or furrow

How do I know which plow is right for my tractor?

When it comes to selecting a plow to attach to your existing tractor, the advice of an experienced person is important. The application and type of soil are also important when deciding from the huge selection of tractor plows available.

Box Blade Tractor Implements

A box blade is a tractor implement used to smooth out and contour land and dirt.  A typical box blade is attached to the tractor using a standard 3 point hitch.  The box blade itself has evolved from the basic scrape blade, adding 3 sides- a top, right side, and left side with the front open.  The front of a tractor box blade boasts ripper shanks or Scarifier shanks.  These shanks break up hard packed dirt and help soften the ground, and are usually replaceable.   Once loosened, high spots are scraped using a blade mounted on the rear of the box blade.  The dirt or soil is contained in the box shape and drug along until deposited in lower ground or cavities, producing a contoured surface.

There are many different sizes and variations of tractor box blades.  The smaller width box blade would be a 48 inch, and work with most compact tractors.   Other widths would include 60, 72, 84, and 96 inch box blades, and would generally use more ripper shanks the wider the model.  The frames are constructed of heavy duty steel, and painted to prevent corrosion.  The ripper shanks themselves are built using heavy duty steel, sometimes have replaceable teeth, and multiple holes for adjustable height setting.  A tractor box blade will have a cutting blade on the inside, and also one on the rear of the implement.  These blades are sometimes slightly curved for optimal cutting ability and should also be replaceable.  Box blades that have all these components welded in place should be considered cheap and non repairable.

Heavy Duty Tractor Box BladeWhen it comes to selecting the right box blade for your tractor, it is always good to get advice form an experienced person to make sure you are getting the right equipment.   You want a high quality implement at with replaceable parts so it can be maintained and last a long time.  You also don’t want to pay a premium price due to the amount of competition manufacturing these tractor box blades. Tractor box blades have been around since the beginning of tractors, and after years of abuse they are still going strong.

Selecting the Right Trailer Hitch

Selecting the right trailer hitch is dependent on the type of vehicle used for towing and the size and weight of trailer to be towed. Gross Trailer Weight and Trailer Tongue Weight determine the class of hitch.

Types of HitchesThere are two basic types of hitches: 1) Weight Carrying Hitches are the most popular and carry all the trailer tongue weight on the rear of the tow vehicle. They are commonly used to tow small & medium sized trailers. These hitches attach to the frame of the towing vehicle and provide a connection point between the towing vehicle and whatever you are towing; 2) Weight Distributing Hitches are recommended for heavier trailers because they even out the trailer load between the wheels of the tow vehicle and the wheels of the trailer, thus improving steering and brake control. Two parts are required: The Receiver, which bolts to the vehicle, and the spring bar assembly. Before deciding which type is right for you, consult vehicle manual for the manufacturer’s recommendation and the load capacity of your vehicle.

Hitch Ratings:

Hitches are rated as follows: C = Class / GTW = Gross Trailer Weight / TW = Tongue Weight

C      GTW     TW 

I up to 2,000 lbs up to 200 lbs

II up to 3,500 lbs up to 300 lbs

III up to 5,000 lbs up to 500 lbs

IV up to 10,000 lbs up to 1,000 lbs

More About Gross Trailer Weight (GTW)Gross Trailer Weight, or GTW, is the total weight under fully-loaded trailer conditions, including food, water, gear, etc. Measure the GTW by placing the fully-loaded trailer on a commercial scale.

More About Trailer Tongue Weight (TW)Trailer Tongue Weight is the downward pressure that the tongue of a fully loaded trailer exerts on the hitch ball. Tongue weight can be measured on a commercial scale, or on a bathroom scale. Just place the weight of the trailers ball receiver on the scale (The trick is to make sure that the scale is at the same height as the hitch ball on the tow vehicle). Usually a small box or a cinder block will do the trick.  Make sure the trailer is level and the wheels are chocked.

More About Vehicle Towing CapacityVehicle Towing Capacity is the manufacturer’s specification of the weight the vehicle is designed to tow. Although some hitches may have a higher stated capacity since they fit other vehicles, never exceed the manufacturer’s stated towing capacity. These specifications can usually be found in the vehicle owners manual or by calling a local dealership.

Ansung Backhoes Backhoes are very popular digging machines

Ansung Backhoes

Backhoes are very popular digging machines due to the backwards raking action of the bucket. Ansung has been manufacturing backhoes for many years, and in fact has become the source for many tractor manufacturer’s O.E.M. backhoes.

Ansung 3 Point Universal Backhoes

Ansung 3 point backhoes are O.E.M. quality backhoes to fit any tractor, all that is required is a 3 point hitch, a hydraulic pump is available for tractors that do not have hydraulics installed. Ansung three point backhoes are available in 6’6″, 7’6″, and 8’9″ digging depths, and are recommended for tractors from 15 to 65 HP. All 3 point universal Ansung backhoes are available with either a 13″ or 16″ bucket.

Ansung Model BH 660 BH 760 BH 860
Digging Depth 6’6″ 7’6″ 8’9″
Reach From Center 8’6″ 9’4″ 11’3″
Loading Height (Bucket at 60°) 5’11” 6’7″ 8’2″
Maximum Leveling Angle
Swing Arc 180° 180° 180°
Transport Height (Maximum) 5’6″ 6’3″ 7’6″
Transport Overhang 3’8″ 4’1″ 4’10”
Bucket Rotation 180° 180° 180°
Stabilizer Spread (Down) 7’2″ 7’2″ 7’2″
Stabilizer Spread (Up) 4’8″ 4’8″ 4’8″
Angle Of Departure 15° 20° 25°
Undercut 1’8″ 3’0″ 3’1″
Bucket Cylinder Digging Force 2,920 lbs. 3,080 lbs. 3,670 lbs.
Dipper Stick Cylinder Digging Force 1,850 lbs. 2,160 lbs. 2,310 lbs.
Shipping Weight 1,100 lbs. 1,300 lbs. 1’600 lbs.
Hydraulic Pressure Requirements 2,350 psi 2,350 psi 2,350 psi
Recommended Tractor HP 15-30 HP 25-45 HP 46-65 HP

Ansung L Series Backhoes

The L series of backhoes from Ansung are designed to fit on Ansung 4 point subframe mounts only. When purchasing a subframe mount you must be 100% certain the subframe is compatible with your tractor/loader combination.

Mowing Your Lawn the Right Way

Proper mowing is one of the most important practices in keeping your lawn healthy. Grasses are like most plants — if you clip off the growing points (for grass, it’s in the crown, where the new leaves develop), the plants branch out and become denser, which in this case, turns thousands of individual grass plants into a tightly woven turf or a lawn. If you didn’t mow at all, your yard would look more like a prairie than a lawn. But the mere act of mowing isn’t what makes a lawn look good. Mowing height and mowing frequency determine how healthy and attractive your lawn looks. After all, cutting a lawn is stressful for the grass. The leaves make the food for the roots — and how would you like it if someone kept cutting off your food?

Height does count

Most grasses have a range of recommended mowing heights. Stay at the upper end of that range when the lawn is under stressful conditions, such as hot weather or drought, or if you have a shady lawn. In cooler weather, you can cut the grass a little lower.
Follow the one-third rule. For a thriving lawn, never cut away more than one-third of the grass blade in any one mowing. If the grass “gets ahead of you” because of wet weather or your busy schedule, move up the cutting height of your mower to the highest possiblesetting and mow. If clippings are too long and heavy, even at that cutting height, catch them with the bagging unit or clean up after mowing with a leaf rake. Then move the cutting height back to your normal range and cut the lawn again a few days after that first mowing.
Table 1 shows suggested mowing heights for different grass types.
Table 1: Ideal Mowing Heights
Grass type
Bahia grass; fescue, tall; blue grama; buffalo grass
2 to 3 inches
Bent grass
1/4 to 1 inch
Bermuda grass, common
3/4 to 1-1/2 inches
Bermuda grass, hybrid
1/2 to 1 inch
Centipede grass; zoysia grass*
1 to 2 inches
Fescue, fine; St. Augustine grass
1-1/2 to 2-1/2 inches
Kentucky bluegrass
1-3/4 to 2-1/2 inches
Ryegrass, annual and perennial
1-1/2 to 2 inches
*You can mow some newer, dwarf varieties lower.
Edging and trimming are the finishing touches of mowing, kind of like getting a shave after you’ve had a haircut. Edging and trimming are pretty close to being the same thing. Some tools are called edgers because they’re designed to trim the lawn along a hard surface like a driveway or sidewalk. Edgers cut a nice clean edge, but leave some dirt and grass debris that you need to clean up. On the other hand, you can use trimmers anywhere — along a hard surface, in tight spaces, next to planting beds, and so on. Trimmers also leave some clippings on paths and driveways that you need to sweep up.
Never put grass clippings in a plastic bag and send them off to the dump. (In some areas, sending grass clippings to the dump is illegal.) Grass clippings are valuableorganic matter, chock-full of nitrogen and other nutrients. As long as you mow often enough to remove no more than one third of the grass blade, the easiest thing to do is just to leave clippings on the lawn. The pieces break down quickly and reduce the amount of fertilizer you have to use by as much as 25 percent. And research has proven that the clippings don’t cause thatch to build up.

Cut your grass, not yourself

Every year, hundreds, maybe even thousands, of people get injured when using lawn mowers. Power lawn mowers can be dangerous even when used properly. Be proactive when it comes to safety and follow these tips to avoid injuries:
  • Know the equipment. Read the owner’s manual. Become familiar with all the safety features and don’t disconnect any of them. Keep all nuts and bolts properly tightened. Never pull a walking mower.
  • Check the lawn before mowing and wear proper clothing. Pick up any rocks or debris. Heavy shoes and long pants provide the best protection from flying debris. If you’re using a reel mower, don’t wear loose clothing.
  • Protect your hearing. Doing yard work can get pretty noisy. In addition to the lawn mower, high-decibel noise comes from trimmers, edgers, and blowers. Use earplugs or earmuff-type hearing protection.
  • Keep pets and children away from the lawn as you mow. Don’t let children operate a lawn mower unless they’re strong enough, responsible, and understand all the operating and safety features. Even then, supervise them. Never give a young child a ride on a ride-on mower. Sudden stops, flying objects, or an excited child can spell disaster.
  • Be careful when fueling. Stop the mower and let the engine cool for 10 minutes before fueling. Never fill the tank with the mower on the lawn. Avoid spills by using a gas can with an adequate pouring spout. Clean up spills immediately and put the used rags in a covered metal can. (Gasoline-soaked rags are a fire hazard.)
  • Turn off the mower. Never leave the mower running unattended, or work on a motor that is running. Turn off the power when you cross nongrass areas.
  • Be careful on hills. Steep slopes are always dangerous because a mower can flip over or go out of control. Plant a ground cover other than turf in these areas. On gentle slopes, mow across the slope, not up and down. Use a walk-behind mower.

Lawn mowers — a tree’s worst enemy

Repeatedly banging a mower against a tree trunk or whipping it senseless with a weed whip each week can seriously damage the bark and the sensitive tissues underneath. The damage can restrict the growth of young trees to the point where the base of the trunk is so weak and girdled that the tree just snaps off in the slightest wind.
To protect the tree, leave a ring of grassless soil at least 3 feet wide around the trunk. Put in a nice brick or stone edging around the outside. Better yet, cover the open soil with a thick layer (3 to 6 inches deep) of organic mulch, such as compost or bark. (Keep the mulch a few inches away from the base of the tree.)
You can also go to a garden center to buy trunk protectors, plastic sleeves that encircle the trunk, if you have to have the grass right up against the tree.

The Bad Boy Mowers Story

Like a lot of classic American success stories, this one started with two men and a garage that saw things a little different than everyone else.

In fact, in Bad Boy Mower’s earliest days, competitors would freely offer the advice that we couldn’t keep ‘over-building mowers’ like that and sell them ‘for that low of a price.’ We just didn’t think there was anything wrong with building a zero turn mower that out-lasted everything else out there. And our customers sure didn’t seem to mind saving a bit of money along the way.

Our initial success moved us into 36,000 square feet of building and office space in 2002, and we began ramping up our commercial quality mower lines in earnest.

Fast forward to the more than 850,000 square feet of manufacturing muscle and an ever-growing workforce right in the heart of this country in the Ozark Mountains, and you’ll find that classic American manufacturing and the classic American success story lives on—stronger than ever.

Bad Boy Mowers is committed to building products “like they used to,” with a build standard that’s anything but disposable quality. In fact, from the very beginning, we’ve been building on a premise that a Bad Boy may be the last zero turn mower you may ever own. And the end result has made us the fastest growing zero turn mower company in the world.

We’re creating hundreds of home-grown jobs thanks to your support, and we’re bringing new efficiencies in manufacturing by mixing skilled craftsmen and world class technology to build our lawn mowers and utility vehicles—and we pledge to continue proving that good old-fashioned manufacturing is alive, well and growing in the heart of America.

So if it’s all the same to the rest of the industry, we’ll keep on building a better mower for a better value. After all, it’s served our customers—and us—pretty well over the last decade or so.

In One Door And Out The Other, From Start To Shipping.

Every commercial zero turn mower begins to take shape from raw steel around here. Bad Boy Mowers has always invested heavily in the latest in world-class automation—including steel fabricating lasers, cutters, benders and welders—and paired it with the skilled and hardened work ethic of a workforce that takes as much pride in building our lawn mowers as you’ll have in owning one.

Our research and development teams are constantly innovating and improving every lawn mower model we make, never settling on the success of the mower before it. Few manufacturer’s powder-paint coating systems can boast of one, let alone two, that are as expansive and efficient as ours.

We don’t even leave the shipping up to others. With a fleet of specially equipped tractor-trailer rigs, our commercial mowers arrive direct to our dealers completely assembled, factory inspected and ready to mow. It’s the final step in assuring delivery to you on our promise of producing a better zero turn mower for a better value.

Hustler Turf Equipment Zero Turning Radius Lawn Mowers

Hustler Turf Equipment was born of a simple need – a mower that would maneuver the irregular landscape of the family home – complete with bird baths, gardens, and winding front walkways.

The first Hustler was a compilation of mower parts and farm machinery, created by a genius named John Regier. Mr. Regier’s mower cut grass and steered like no other. It could hug a flag pole or reverse directions at a fence line, with a turn radius of zero degrees. With this, the world’s first zero-turn mower was born. And it changed everything.

When Mr. Regier brought his design to tractor cab manufacturer Excel Industries, the timing was perfect. He couldn’t maintain production alone, and Excel was looking to expand its product line. When the folks at Excel saw the mower in action, they knew they had a product that would revolutionize the mowing industry. Under the direction of company president Roy Mullet, Excel began production of Hustler mowers at its plant in Hesston, Kansas.

Since then, Hustler has become one of the leading turf care brands in the world. Across the globe, the Hustler brand signifies innovation, quality and superior customer care. In addition to manufacturing the best-in-class mowers, Hustler is committed to providing a quality owner experience. Our mission is to provide the most dependable, useful, and time-saving products in turf care, while providing unmatched customer loyalty and the best warranty in the business. Hustler’s experienced dealers are always ready to answer questions and provide expert service to every customer. The growing Hustler family now includes more than 1,200 U.S. dealers and more than 40 distributors worldwide.

By continually evolving the Hustler line, we have grown from humble beginnings to a leader in the industry. Our mowers undergo regular re-designs and improvements under the guidance of innovative Excel engineers, always living up to the highest Hustler standards. With every mower our goal remains the same – to provide our customers with a dependable mower that will help them complete more work in less time.

Innovation and quality. That’s how Hustler changed everything.

For more information on all the Hustler products that we carry, visit their website.

Authorized Sales and Service Center

Authorized Sales & Service Center

  • Ariens
  • Briggs & Stratton Engines & Power Products
  • Echo
  • Earthquake (Ardism)
  • Ferris Commercial ZTR’s
  • Husqvarna Handheld & Riding Products
  • Honda
  • Kawasaki
  • Kohler & Robin-Subaru Engines
  • LawnBoy
  • Poulan Pro
  • Redmax Power Products
  • Simplicity
  • Snapper
  • Tecumseh
  • Toro

Authorized Service Center

  • AYP (American Yard Products) includes Wizard, Noma & Poulan Pro
  • MTD includes Yard Machine, Columbia, YardMan, Huskee, Wizard by MTD, Ryobi, Bolens, Troybilt, Whites, Cub Cadet

We Have Parts & Service Available

  • ATV’s
  • Sears Craftsman
  • John Deer Sabre
  • Bad Boy Mowers
  • Power Wheels by Mattel
  • Campbell Hausfeld Products

Pallet Forks

Ansung Pallet Forks

One of the best uses of machinery is to carry large objects, and a set of pallet forks allows a machine of any size to lift up pallets, materials, or anything else you can get the forks under. Pallet forks are made of forged steel, making sure that they are strong enough to handle use for years. No matter the size of your machine, Ansung has a set of pallet forks that will fit.

Skid Steer Type Pallet Forks

The Ansung skid steer type pallet forks are built to handle any job, featuring 4″x1-1/4″ x48″ tines and a heavy duty frame, they weigh 400 lbs., and have a lift capacity of 3,800 lbs. The forks on the skid steer type pallet forks are a fixed style meaning that they are attached at the top and bottom, while the top has notches cut out in the main bar to allow the fork to lock into place, keeping the forks from sliding while driving the machine.

Compact Skid Steer Type

Ansung Compact Tractor Pallet Forks

The compact skid steer type pallet fork is one that requires a balance between strength and weight more than any other fork. Most of the machines that will be using a pallet fork of this size cannot lift more than 1,800 to 2,200 pounds, so it is important not to use up half of the lifting capacity just by putting on the pallet forks. Ansung’s version of compact skid steer type pallet forks weigh 236 lbs. The tines on the compact pallet forks are 1″x3″ and measure a full 42″ in length to ensure you can get them under large loads. The forks on the compact style pallet forks lock into place just like the larger styles of pallet forks.

Common Features

All Ansung pallet forks feature: locking forks, universal skid steer quick attach hithes, forged forks, high quality frames. As a safety feature, the frame of the pallet forks uses vertically placed reinforcements allowing the driver to see through the frame to the load they are working with.

ABOUT TRACTOR IMPLEMENTSImplements, also called attachments, are the


Implements, also called attachments, are the tools a tractor uses to accomplish tasks.  Most of the attachments operate on the rear of the tractor with the exception of the front loader (also called a scoop or bucket).  The rear implements connect to the tractor via a device called a 3 point hitch, a standard feature of all our tractors.  The tractor is able to lift the 3 point hitch via hydraulics.  This enables the implement to be lifted up and down by the operator via a lever on the tractor.  For attachments that require power to turn a mechanical gearbox (like a mower) a power take off shaft (PTO) rotates on the back of the tractor.  Each attachment has a shaft that connects it to the tractor’s PTO shaft.  The operator can engage (turn it on and off) the PTO shaft via a lever on the tractor.  For rear attachments that require hydraulics like a backhoe, a set of rear hydraulic fittings can be added to the back of the tractor.

ROTARY CUTTER Tractor Implements - Rotary Cutter

Also called “Brush Hog” or “Pasture Mower”, is an attachment designed to cut anything from tall grass to sapling trees and brush.  It has heavy steel blades that hold a lot of inertia. This makes the cutter a very “bulletproof” tool that allows you to hit dirt, rocks, stumps, and keep on cutting.

REAR BLADE Tractor Implements - Rear Blade

The blade operates off the rear of the tractor.  It allows you to smooth out uneven soil.  By activating the 3 point you can lift the blade to various heights.  The blade also swivels allowing you to angle either to the left or right.  By adjusting the 3 point arm, you can also make the blade tilt.

BOX SCRAPER Tractor Implements - Box Scraper

Probably one of the most practical and useful implements.  It is basically a 3 sided box that tows behind the tractor.  The 3 point allows you to lift the box to various heights.  As you tow the box it scraps dirt and captures it in the box.  The box allows you to scrap a quantity of dirt off a high spot, drag it to a low spot, and then by lifting the box an inch or two, fill the low spot.  You can also leave the box right at ground level, and then drive the tractor in circles or figure 8’s to level and contour a large lawn area.  The box can tilt by adjusting the arm on the 3 point.


Operates from the rear of the tractor.  By lowering the 3 point hitch the self feeding auger drills down into the dirt.  Mechanical power is delivered via the PTO.  You can generally go down about 4 feet.

ROTOTILLER Tractor Implements - Rototiller

This attachment is basically a series of tines attached to a horizontally rotating shaft.  It chops up the ground in preparation for planting crops.

BACKHOE Tractor Implements - Backhoe

The backhoe operates from the back of the tractor.  Most are attached to the tractor via the 3 point hitch just like other implements.  You can also attach it via a subframe.  The backhoe is powered by hydraulics from the tractor.  The backhoe has it’s own seat for the operator.  Basically the backhoe has an arm that reaches out and down to dig a trench or a hole.  It also swivels side to side so that you can place material off the side of the tractor.

FRONT LOADER Tractor Implements - Front Loader

A hydraulically driven attachment to the front of the tractor.  All our loaders have power both up and down.  The bucket also hydraulically rotates to both curl and dump.  The operator controls the front loader from the cockpit.

CLAMP ON FORKS Tractor Implements - Clamp on Forks

The forks clamp on to the cutting edge of the loader bucket.  A quick way to make your loader into a fork lift.  Place your building supplies on pallets and move stuff around where ever you want.

LANDSCAPE RAKE Tractor Implements - Landscape Rake

Think of it like a comb with spring steel teeth.  It’s purpose is to separate rocks, twigs, and debris from the soil.  If you tow the rake at an angle just along the top of the soil, you rake all the stuff into a row.  You can come back on another pass and scoop it up with the front loader.

CHIPPER Tractor Implements - Chipper

This attachment operates on the rear of the tractor and is powered by the PTO. Hydraulic power can also drive the self feed system.  Branches are fed into the hopper and are chipped by a high speed drum.  Chips are blown from the attachment via an adjustable chute.

PASTURE HARROW Tractor Implements - Harrow

The harrow is designed to break up and level the surface of soil in such areas as a pasture where you may want to break up manure. It is like a section of chain link fence with spikes.

SNOW BLOWER Tractor Implements - Snow blower

The snow blower operates on the back of the tractor and is powered by the PTO.  As you drive backward slowly a horizontal auger feeds the snow into another fan that blows the snow in any direction you choose.

FINISH MOWER Tractor Implements - Finish Mower

This mower is designed for the nice “lawn” type of grass.  In order to get the perfect cut the mower has four adjustable height caster wheels.  As opposed to the rotary cutter, the finish mower has 3 sets of light weight, high speed blades.  This mower is towed behind the tractor and attached to the 3 point.

BACKHOES (Wallenstein, Kelley, Kelly, Ansung, Branson, Kioti, Kubota)

The backhoe operates from the back of the tractor.  Most are attached to the tractor via the 3 point hitch (3pt/3ph) just like other implements.  You can also attach it via a subframe.  The backhoe is powered by hydraulics from the tractor.  The backhoe has its own seat for the operator.  Basically the backhoe has an arm that reaches out and down to dig a trench or a hole.  It also swivels side to side so that you can place material off the side of the tractor.

Tractor Backhoe Sales in WATractor Backhoe Models in WashingtonTractor Backhoes

   Mechanical and hydraulic thumb available on all backhoe attachments.

Ansung Tractor Attachments

Ansung is the O.E.M. manufacturer for many major brand tractor attachments, and are now offered without the premium pricing that the tractor manufacturers put on them.

Ansung USA ER 062 Gear Driven Tiller

  • 26-35 HP Recommended
  • 27.6″ long
  • Weighs 656 lbs.
  • 7.5″ maximum depth
  • 42 tines on 7 flanges
  • Category I hitch

What Are Ansung Attachments?

Ansung attachments include front end loaders, tillers, backhoes, and even pallet forks, and they soon will be including snow blowers. Ansung has developed their equipment to handle the harsh farming environment of South Korea where the tillers till the rice fields for up to 18 hours a day.

Everything Attachments 108" Tiller by Ansung

As a company, Ansung can trace its roots all the way back to 1986, and since then has won numerous awards. The quality of the equipment made by Ansung is top of the line, many users don’t realize they are using an Ansung attachment, since they are often rebranded as O.E.M. equipment for many large tractor manufacturers with American names that are actually manufactured in South Korea.

Ansung tillers have a 5 year warranty on their gearboxes, their “compact” forks are rated to lift a ton, and their backhoes can dig with the best on the market, and make O.E.M. backhoes and mounts, so quality is not a question, the real question is why don’t you have one yet?

KIOTI Compact Tractors *Financing available

KIOTI Compact Tractors

*Financing available.

The first in the new CK Series line of 20 hp to 35 hp distinctively designed compact utility tractors. Hydrostatic or manual. Loaded with features such as the industry’s simplest maintenance and an ultra-quiet, low vibration, environmentally friendly Daedong diesel engine. All CK series tractors feature suspended brake and clutch pedals to maximize the operator platform for ease of movement by providing more space.


DK Series 40 hp to 90 hp high-performance compact tractors pack impressive power and smooth handling into one dependable workhorse. Fully-featured, comfortable, and ready for any job that demands a durable compact tractor.

Kioti CK20s with a Kioti KL120 quick attach loader.  20hp., 4wd., industrial tires.  Kioti offers cash discounts or 0% downpayment or 0% interest wac while programs last

Kioti CK27 with a Kioti KL 130 quick attach loader.  27 hp., hst, 4wd., and industrial tires.  Options are 8×8 shuttle and ag or turf tires.  Kioti offers cash discounts or 0 downpayment and 0% interest or Cash discount while programs last.

Kioti CK30 with a Kioti KL130 quick attach loader.  30hp., Hst., 4wd., and Industrial tires.  Options are ag or turf tires, 8×8 shuttle trans.  Kioti offers cash discounts or 0% downpayment and 0% interest.  Option 3 is a free loader while programs last.

Kioti CK35 with a Kioti KL130 quick attach loader.  35hp., 8×8 shuttle, 4wd., industrial tires. Options are HST., ag or turf tires.  Kioti offers cash discounts or 0% downpayment and 0% interest. Check with us for current programs.Option 3 is a free loader while programs last.

CS2410 sub compact and loader.  4 wd., Hst., Industrial tires, quick attach loader. With or with out 60″ mid mount mower.. has 3 point and pto for rear equipment.. Check out low prices and low rate financing.

Kioti DK40se with a Kioti KL401 quick attach loader and skid steer quick attach bucket.  40hp., 8×8 shuttle, ipto., and industrial tires.  Options are HST., cab/air/heat, ag tires or turf tires.  Kioti offers 0% downpayment or 0% interest wac. Cash discounts while programs last. Check with us for current programs.

Kioti DK45se with a Kioti quick attach KL 401 loader and skid steer quick attach bucket.  45hp., 4wd., 8×8 shuttle, ipto., industrial tires.  Options are cab/air/heat/hst, ag tires or turf, remotes.  Kioti offers 0 downpayment or 0% interest or cash discounts while programs last.

Kioti DS4110 with a Kioti KL402 quick attach loader and skid steer quick attach bucket.  41 hp., 8×8 shuttle., ipto., 4wd., industrial tires.  Options are ag or turf tires.  Alot of tractor and a good price.  Kioti offers 0% downpayment or 0% interest wac cash discount.  Check with us for best price and programs.
Kioiti DS4510 with a Kioti KL401 quick attach loader and a skid steer quick attach bucket.  45hp., 8×8 shuttle, Ipto, 4wd., industrial tires.  Options are tires. Check out this tractor for price.  Kioti offers 0% downpayment or 0% interest wac. or  cash discount.  Call for current programs and best price.

Kioti DK50se with a Kioti KL401 quick attach loader and skid steer quick attach bucket.  50hp., 4wd., IPTO., single remotes, gril gaurd, industrial tires, cab/air/heat/radio. Options are platform/8×8 shuttle, and tires. Kioti offers 0% downpayment or 0% interest or cash discount  wac.

Kioti DK55 with a Kioti quick attach KL551 self leveling loader and quick attach skid steer bucket.  55hp., 12×12 shuttle, ipto., 4wd., Options are ag, turf, industrial tires and cab/air.heat, radio. Kioti offers 0% downpayment or 0% interest wac or cash discount .  Call for current programs and prices.

What to Look for in Used Compact Tractors

When you are considering purchasing used compact tractors, there are some things to look for. The best place to purchase used compact tractors is from a reputable tractor dealer. The dealer takes in trade-ins and will have typically have a good selection on hand. Getting it from a dealer ensures that the engine is in good working order and the tractor has been reviewed and is mechanically sound. A reputable dealer will also provide a warranty. Tractors are very dependable and can run well for many years. You can save a lot of money by purchasing a used one rather than a new one. Look for the same features, such as engine size, extra features and appearance, that you would in a new one. Two-cylinder tractors are usually less expensive than 4-cylinder models but may not be as powerful. Always get as many features as you want without going over your allotted budget plan.

Farmers and Landowners Love Japanese Tractors

The demand for Japanese tractors is high these days. It’s partly because farmers and landowners have been hearing great things about them and giving them a try. Once they power it up and feel how powerful and efficient it is, they don’t ever want to go back to their old tractor. Not very long ago, Japanese tractors weren’t readily available in America. Today, plenty of them are sold to farmers and landowners across the country. Some of the names you’ll be familiar with already because the same companies have been providing American tractors with parts for many years. Companies like Mitsubishi and Hinomoto have made parts for the most popular American tractors. Now they are coming into their own and are widely available as whole tractors, not just bits and pieces in other tractors.

Though many folks throw around the term “grey

Though many folks throw around the term “grey market” or “gray market” quite a bit these days, especially in regard to the import and sale of used compact tractors from Japan (such as  Mitsubishi, Kubota, Zen-Noh, Iseki, Shibaura or Hinomoto), the actual meaning of “grey market” or “gray market” has been frequently misunderstood and even misrepresented. In addition to a lack of understanding as to what exactly the grey market actually is, there has also been a certain level of fear mongering and even intentionally misleading statements (these last two usually coming from “official” channels here in the USA, but not from Japan).

The aim of the next several blog entries here at Big Red’s Equipment will be to debunk some of the myths surrounding this issue and to help bring some accountability to those who would mislead potential tractor buyers into believing that the gray market (especially for used, reconditioned Japanese compact tractors) cannot benefit them, when in fact the exact opposite is true. Gray market is a good thing, both for buyers and sellers.

Grey market or gray market is simply the distribution of goods through channels which are completely legal but unofficial. Big Red’s Equipment’s grey market tractors are made in Japan for the compact tractor market in that country and with brands such as Mitsubishi, Kubota, Iseki, Hinomoto and Shibaura, fit into this category.  Our used, reconditioned tractors were originally sold new in Japan; they were then purchased used a number of years after that (when the original Japanese owner decided to sell his tractor), reconditioned to a like-new condition and imported into the United States for sale by Big Red’s Equipment to the general public as well as compact tractor dealers.

When our tractors were originally sold new in the Japanese market they were sold by an authorized dealer in that country, such Mitsubishi, Kubota, etc, dealership, to the original customer.  Such authorized dealerships are considered to be “official” channels for the distribution of these goods, just as John Deere dealerships are the “official” channels for the distribution of new John Deere tractors here in the USA.  However, just as here in the USA and almost every other developed country in the world, after the original new sale of a tractor it can be sold at will by the customer or his representative to anyone he or she chooses to do business with.  Technically speaking, according to the definition of gray market, the used market within the borders of any country can also be called a gray market due to the fact that the product enters “unofficial” channels after the original sale whether or not this product was exported or imported.

The grey market is considered a thorn in the side of many multinational corporations who have authorized distributors in countries outside the country of manufacture.  This is due to the fact that once outside the “official” channels they can no longer control, or even greatly influence, the buying and selling of these products.  Lack of control equals lack of additional profit for these companies.   It also means increased competition for the products they themselves represent via “official” channels of distribution.

For example, if a company imports a used Mitsubishi tractor from Japan into the USA this importation bypasses the “official” channels of distribution through Mitsubishi authorized representative in the USA.  Therefore Yanmar’s American division or representative cannot profit from the importation and sale of that tractor.  Although the gray market has been legally challenged hundreds of times in the US courts over the decades, and found to be completely legal each and every time and with hardly any limitations whatsoever, some so-called “official” representatives still make every attempt to obstruct the legal trade in these products.  However, there is such a large amount of legal precedence in place that these attempts must ultimately fail, and they always do.  Stay tuned.

Are You Prepared?

Clearing out the damage caused by storms can be dangerous but with a little preparation beforehand and safety techniques during clean-up, you can minimize the damage, debris, and clean-up dangers of seasonal storms.
First, identify potential hazards around your home.

Secure lawn furniture, garbage cans and prune damaged limbs or remove hazardous trees. Having a chain saw before the storm is a good idea. We have an excellent selection of refurbished chainsaws if you are a homeowner who needs one for a “just in case moment” and doesn’t want to spend a lot on a new one. Other useful equipment include a leaf blower for small debris, a pole saw or a pole saw attachment for your trimmer, and a portable generator for power.

Selecting a chain saw.

Select a mid-sized chain saw from the 45 to 60 cubic centimeter (cc) range for cutting downed wood. A 16 to 20 inch bar offers good maneuverability without being too heavy. A 35-45 cc light weight saw can be used for smaller limbs. Look for features like good balance and low vibration. 

Selecting a generator.

The size of the generator you select depends on your power requirements. Knowing the required running watts and additional starting watts of all the tools or appliances you NEED to keep running when the power goes out are two figures critical in choosing the right generator.

Personal safety.

Always make sure you have the proper safety apparel for operating a chain saw. First and foremost, have a first aid kit on hand along with a cell phone. Safety glasses, hearing protection, gloves, chain saw protective chaps and steel toe boots are a must for heavy debris removal and a helmet with protect you from falling debris.

Pre-storm checklist:

  1. Check the safety features of the equipment are functioning properly.
  2. Do a visual inspection of the equipment for any necessary repairs.
  3. Check the air filter.
  4. Start the equipment and make sure it runs properly.
  5. Sharpen or replace the chain on your saw if necessary.
  6. Have extra fuel and oil for equipment.

Compact Tractor Freight

Nervous about buying a tractor long distance? Don’t be! Big Red’s Equipment has shipped hundreds of tractors over the last decade to nearly every state in the nation. We have found the formula for delivering tractors safely, with the greatest convenience for you, at the lowest possible rate! We’ll do what ever you require to be comfortable with your purchase, including photos, video, and even picking you up at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport

NOTE: Big Red’s Equipment Sales & Rentals offers delivery service FOR THE TRACTORS WE SELL ONLY. We do not offer shipping or freight brokerage services for any other equipment.

Please complete our shipping request form for a shipping quote. We work with a network of the best carriers, and can offer freight as low as 40¢ /mile. Your tractor will be delivered to your door, ready to work, and be unloaded to the ground by a courteous professional driver.

Did you know that out of state purchases are not subject to sales tax? Usually, what you save on sales tax more than pays for the cost of shipping.

Local Customers: We can bring your tractor to you and coach you on its operation on your home turf if you’re within a 300 mile radius of Granbury, TX. The standard rate is $2 per loaded mile with a $100 minimum, but contact us to inquire about specials and lower rate opportunities with our professional carriers.

Equipment Sales Tax

Beginning Jan. 1, 2012, a Texas resident claiming an exemption from sales tax on the purchase of agricultural equipment is required to have a Texas Agriculture and Timber Exemption Registration Number (Ag/Timber Number). The days of walking into the dealership and simply signing a blank exemption form are over, but Big Red’s Equipment Sales & Rentals is still committed to making your tractor buying/owning experience as easy and affordable as possible. To that end, we are providing a link to the Texas Comptroller’s online application webpage.

Please register with the state prior to purchasing your tractor, and provide us a copy of the “confirmation letter” that will be issued to you so that we may fulfill your order for tax exempt farm equipment in compliance with state law.

This change affects in-state Texas buyers only. If you are purchasing your tractor from outside the state of Texas you are subject to the laws of your state and Big Red’s is not obligated to collect sales tax from you.

Mitsubishi D2350 28hp 4×4 Compact Utility Tractor

28hp, 4×4 (also available in 2wd), 4-cylinder Mitsubishi diesel, power steering, standard transmission, 9 forward 3 reverse gears, rear differential lock, standard six-spline multi-speed PTO, standard Cat I three point hitch, R1 agricultural tires, ROPS, new loader (optional).

The Mitsubishi D-series tractors were manufactured by the Mitsubishi Agricultural Machinery Co., Ltd. of Japan. Mitsubishi agricultural equipment has been manufactured since 1914 and this company has a reputation for high quality and expert fabrication.

In our experience the Mitsubishi D-series compact tractors have held up remarkably well and these used, fully reconditioned tractors represent probably the best value to be found anywhere today. The combination of horsepower, features, condition and long-term reliability for the price is tough to beat.

If you’re looking for a used, fully reconditioned Japanese tractor that looks and runs as close to new as reasonably possible, but at a price less than a typical used high-hour tractor, then you’ve come to the right place.

Please check the inventory page or call or email us today for our best price!

Beat The Deal Guarantee

Big Red’s Equipment is dedicated to selling at the lowest prices on the market without exception, so we are offering a Beat The Deal Guarantee! Competitive deals that you are asking Big Red’s Equipment to beat must be in writing from the dealer and verifiable. It also has to be the same exact tractor make, model, features and reconditioning specs, same attachments, delivery, etc. Of course, certain exclusions may apply, so you’ll need to talk to your Big Red’s Equipment sales associate. We make this offer to clearly demonstrate that at Big Red’s Equipment, our measure of value and quality is our customer’s satisfaction.

Finding Compact Tractors for Sale

Compact tractors are the most versatile type of tractor available. While they are still powerful they are small enough to get in tiny areas and do smaller jobs that large tractors just can’t do. You can find compact tractors for sale by looking online. Choose a company that specializes in compact tractors. You should be able to pick from several styles including new and used compact tractors for sale. You will get a warranty on the compact tractors that are made to last for many years. Durable and flexible you can find many different attachments to use with them. Whether you need to do tilling or plowing you can find the proper attachment to use. Other attachments include wood chippers, seed spreaders, landscape rakes and hole diggers. No matter what your need the small size is packed with power to make it capable of completing any type job around the farm or home.

Understanding Small Farm Tractors

Most farms have full-sized tractors for standard uses but they should also consider getting small farm tractors as well. Small farm tractors have many uses both in the farm and around the home. They are the perfect size for small homesteads where a full-sized tractor would be too large. There are many implements that can be used with the tractors to make them useful for many different jobs. For example, you can add a snowplow for winter use. Get a seed spreader to quickly and easily spread all types of seeds. A landscape rake helps to keep areas cleared. Tillers can be used on garden areas and small plots. Many different cutting blades are available to cut any type of plants. You can even get dirt scoops and post digger attachments. Another great implement is the wood chipper attachment. You can use them all year round in many different ways making them an important vehicle.

Why Choose a Branson Tractor?

Why Choose a Branson Tractor?



    • Tight turn front axle, with a lock out angle of 62 degrees with a 10 degree camber. Most tractors of this size will only lock out at 56 degrees without any camber change, making the Branson 20R units one of the tightest turning tractors in the industry.
    • Allows more control if obstacles are hit with the tire, no mechanical parts to wear out. All large horse power tractors use hydrostatic steering, only the lower price tractors from China, Japan and India use mechanical power steering.
    • Much smoother operation of the front end loader and the hydrostatic steering-each has its own dedicated pumps. Most of economy tractor models use just one pump, which is cheaper to produce.
    • This transmission is much more expensive to produce but most importantly it allows the operator to shift on the go without bringing the tractor to a complete stop to change gears.
    • It does NO good to have horse power and not be able to transmit the power to the rear wheels. Cast iron is the best and strongest ballast however it is more expensive to produce. The wonderful thing about our 20R series units when you buy a 31 hp tractor is that you are getting the same rear end and transmission we use in our 52 hp unit.
    • One piece metal hood raised by dual gas struts secured with a positive lock latch with cup holders mounted on fender. Powder coat finish prevents UV damage to the paint bringing longevity to our paint. Unlike fiberglass or plastic fenders and hoods, we use STEEL which will not crack in cold climates.
    • All of the top manufacturers use wet disc brakes; only the economy models or units made in third world countries use a dry disc or drum brake. The advantage of a wet disc brake is very simple, it is in a protected environment and the brake discs are running in hydraulic fluid.
    • The most expensive and most sought after PTO function is independent. All of the larger horse power utility tractors use independent PTO. Independent PTO gives the operator much more control over his PTO function, plus it reduces the chance of the operator burning out his clutch because he no longer needs to engage the clutch pedal to control his PTO function. However, we went the extra mile and for those customers who want to stop the PTO with the clutch, they can do so by switching to the link position on the tractor’s PTO function switch.
    • Branson has added a new heavier, wider main frame to all of its 20R series units. This will prevent twisting of the frame while traveling through rough terrain with the loader bucket full of material.
    • Steps mounted on both sides of the operator’s platform for easy mounting and dismounting of the tractor. Also features a slide out tool box mounted by steps.
    • No one but Branson offers an under the platform fuel tank on compact tractors. The lower tanks allow the customer to fill his tank without spilling fuel all over the tractor and himself, plus the weight of the fuel is in the center of the tractor where it belongs. With the tanks mounted below the platform this gives Branson the largest open platform in the industry. The platform also features a thick oil resistant rubber anti slip mat.
    • Tilt steering wheel is standard equipment on all 20R tractors. This allows the operator to position the steering wheel for optimum comfort.
    • Back up lights automatically engage when shuttle lever is shifted into reverse. The reverse lights will illuminate any objects hiding in dark areas.
    • There is nothing to get in the way to cause a customer to stumble or catch a pant leg on when mounting or dismounting our tractors, platform can be accessed by driver from either side.
    • Just park the tractor on level ground and look to see if you need to add hyd. fluid. No dip stick or rag needed.
    • Branson offers as standard equipment, two PTO speeds 540 / 540E by using the 540E the operator can run any 540 RPM implement running the engine at 1800 RPM providing full power to the implement while running the engine at a lower RPM saving fuel and reducing engine noise.
    • Branson provides a lock out bracket to be used when the tractor is not in use for long periods of time or put into storage. This prevents the clutch disc from sticking to the fly wheel when the tractor is not used for an extended periods.
    • No worry about corrosion destroying your radiator or cooling system.
    • This is a standard feature that allows the customer to clean without the use of water or air to assure proper air flow.
    • Both hydraulic pumps are engine mounted, this mean that the operator has hydraulic power at his disposal at all times.
    • This allows operator to go under low trees or any other low structure.
    • Standard on all 20R units allowing the operator to aim light on his implement or light up an area to facilitate work behind the tractor.
    • All Branson 20R units meet current tier 4 emission standards.
    • Branson offers a warranty period of 2 years bumper to bumper with a 4 year engine drive train warranty up to 2000 hours, parts and labor are covered under this term.
    • When the hood is raised on the 20R tractor series, the operator will enjoy the large open access to items such as air filter, battery, fuel filter, dip stick and oil port.
    • All three of these features allow more ease and access when mounting implements to the rear 3PT hitch.
    • This helps to reduce heat and engine noise to be transferred back towards the operator.
    • All 20R tractors come standard with a deluxe seat featuring 4 in. of suspension, 6 in. fore/aft adjustment, 60/70 degree back rest recline, document pouch, rubber cover surrounding suspension parts with an embossed Branson logo.
    • This allows the operator to adjust the speed of the rear 3 PT hitch. This can be very useful when operating implements such as post-hole diggers, tillers and other in ground tools.
    • This allows operator to lock up both rear tires for traction when traveling through wet muddy areas. Once the operator removes his foot from the lock lever, differential will automatically unlock.
    • All Branson 20R units can easily disconnect front axle for transport on highways or other paved areas.
    • This loader requires no tools to dismount and can be dismounted in under 5 minutes by one person. Once the loader boom has been removed the operator has complete access to the engine compartment. Plus the BL25R loader brackets extend to the rear axle promoting more strength and helps prevent loader sway.
    • Every BL25R loader comes standard with a front grill guard, not all companies offer this as standard but charge the customer for this feature which you must have.
    • This prevents the possibility of the insert being broken off. Also all the grease inserts are facing outwards so they can be accessed easily.
    • All BL25R loaders come standard with a bucket level indicator. This allows the operator to place the bucket flat without seeing the bucket cutting edge.
    • This opens up the platform so the tractor can be mounted from both sides with ease and without obstruction.
    • The curve of the loader boom follows the curve of the hood perfectly creating a clean attractive mount.
    • 2100 LBS.
    • 103.8 INCHES
    • 44 DEGRESS
    • 24.5 DEGRESS
    • 3531 LBS.
  • 68.5 in.
00 Series Sales Features
  • This unit comes standard with many of the same features offered on our larger tractors
    • The 00 Series is only 88” tall at the top of the roll bar but still offers 13” of ground clearance making this unit very maneuverable in tight areas.
    • One hydraulic pump is dedicated to the steering of this tractor assuring fingertip control no matter how hard the loader and rear 3 pt hitch is being used. Steering pump output 3.6 GPM.
    • Assuring smooth operation of the front end loader, rear 3pt. hitch and steering. Hydraulic pump output 4.8 GPM. Total hydraulic output is 8.4 GPM.
    • This unit is offered with a fully hydrostatic transmission controlled with a forward and reverse pedal or a 6 speed manual transmission with 2 reverse gears.
    • Cast Iron is the best and strongest housing manufactured, making this tractor one of the heaviest in its class.
    • 2400 dry weight – 1,810 lbs
    • 2800 dry weight – 1,815 lbs
    • One piece metal hood raised by dual gas struts secured with a positive lock latch. Powder coat finish prevents UV damage to the paint, bringing longevity to the look of the unit. Steel, unlike fiberglass or plastic, will not crack in cold climates.
    • Like our larger units this model comes standard with wet disc brakes. The advantage of wet disc brakes is very simple, they are in a protected environment and the brake discs are running in hydraulic fluid.
    • With a mid mount PTO you now have the option of adding a 60” belly mower to this tractor. Other implements that can be powered by a mid PTO are front mount snow blowers and sweepers.
    • Giving you, the operator, more rear mounted implement options.
    • All Branson 00 series units can easily disconnect front axle for transport on highways or other paved areas.
    • This feature allows the operator to adjust the speed of the rear 3 PT hitch. This can be very useful when operating implements such as  post-hole diggers, tillers and other in ground tools.
    • This allows the operator to lock up both rear tires for traction when traveling through wet and muddy areas. Once the operator removes his foot from the lock lever, the differential will automatically unlock.
    • This large and wide platform makes this unit very easy to operate and to mount and dismount. No levers to trip you up and making it possible to mount this tractor from both sides.
    • Platform is covered with a molded rubber mat to reduce noise and slipping.
    • No need to worry about corrosion destroying your radiator or cooling system.
    • This feature allows the customer to clean the radiator quickly with out the use of water or air to assure proper air flow to the cooling system
    • This engine meets all current tier 4 emission standards; it also comes standard with engine pre heaters for cold weather starts. Block heater is also an option.
    • The 2800 engine is a turbo charged engine, making this unit ideal for those of you in higher elevations.
    • This allows operator to go under low trees or any other low structure.
    • Back up lights automatically turn on when tractor is in reverse mode.
    • Standard category 1 rear 3 PT hitch allows the operator a host of attachments that can be mounted.
    • No need to dry this seat off- simply flip down and go. This is a large seat with many forward and reverse settings, even the largest operator can find the perfect position.
    • Branson offers a warranty period of 2 years bumper to bumper with a 4 year engine and drive train warranty up to 2,000 hours, parts and labor are covered under this warranty as well.
  • These loaders require no tools to dismount and can be dismounted in under 5 minutes by one person
    • Grill guard is standard equipment with both of these loaders (Not all companies offer a grill guard as standard but charge the customer for this feature that you must have)
    • Single lever control joy stick with float position. When operating the loader in the float position you are able to push material such as snow and gravel without digging in.
      Lift capacity             
      705 lbs
      1200 lbs
      Lift height
      72 in
      70 in
      Bucket dump angle
      44 degrees
      49 degrees
      Bucket roll back angle
      24 degrees
      26 degrees
      Bucket width
      47 in
      54 in
      Branson also offers three different backhoe attachments with digging depths of over 6 ft.

The Hinomoto Tractor is a Well Made Tractor

A tractor is a piece of machinery used in agriculture; however it can also be used for construction. They are larger, heavy pieces of machinery that represent a financial investment. Some of the best tractors come from Japan and offer some of the best returns on tractor investment. Many Japanese tractors are state of the art machines that have proven to give the best performance overall. One well made tractor is the Hinomoto tractor. The Hinomoto Company is located in Japan and is a division of Hitachi Construction Machinery. Hitachi Construction Machinery had its start as early as the 1800′s. Today there have been over 100,000 units made. The Hinomoto tractor is known for being a strong, well made tractor that performs well and is reliable.

Used Compact Tractors

Compact tractors are great for many uses. They can be used as traditional tractors that fit into small spaces where large sized tractors just won’t fit. They can also be fitted with many types of additional implements so they can be used for many other uses. Used compact tractors are often a good option. Used compact tractors are more affordable than new ones yet they offer the same options. Look for a tractor that has been checked by a tractor mechanic to ensure that it is in good working order. If you purchase the tractor from a reputable dealer you’ll be assured of getting a proper warranty. The warranty will give you peace of mind that the tractor is in good working order and that it has been properly serviced before you purchase it. Choose a tractor based on the size and power making sure that it will perform the specific tasks that you need to have done.

Top 5 Advantages of Using a Battery Operated Lawn Mower

More than ever before, we are finding advantages to using a battery operated mower over a traditional gas mower. These mowers are efficient, quiet and compact, low-maintenance, environmentally conscious and ,most importantly, save money.

New-generation battery operated mowers have become highly effective in comparison to a traditional mower. They have increased horsepower to tackle larger yards and thicker grass. They are also lighter and easier to maneuver.

Quiet & Compact
You can now mow at any time of day without disturbing your neighbors. The quietness of the battery operated mower, versus the gas mower, is not nearly as detrimental to your hearing.

The battery opperated mower redefines low maintenance. They require only their battery to be charged and blades to be sharpened. This means no fuel to mix, spark plugs to swap out or gas canisters to remember to refill.

Environmentally Conscious
Without gas, no fumes or exhaust emissions are released – creating a more environmentally conscious alternative. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), a new gas powered lawn mower produces as much air pollution and emissions in one hour of operation as 11 new cars being driven for an hour.

Saves Money
Due to the efficiency of the battery operated mower, the cost for gasoline is eliminated. With minimal maintenance, the up-keep cost is reduced. The battery operated mower is the future and its benefits are here.

Taking Care of Your Tractor

We know that buying a tractor is a big investment.  Like any other investment, you want to make sure it lasts and proves a worthwhile decision.  Tractor maintenance is one of the best ways to do so.  Below are some helpful maintenance tips.

One of the most important tips in taking care of your tractor is keeping it out of the elements.  Make sure that the seat, instrument panel and metal components are covered during harsh weather.

Checking fluids is also essential to the health of your tractor.  Make sure the engine oil, transmission fluid, coolant level, hydraulic oil, battery electrolytes and filters are checked regularly.

Another important component to tractor maintenance is not overloading.  Most tractors have a recommended size attachment.  Make sure not to exceed this recommendation.
If you have any other maintenance questions, we would love to help.  Leave a comment or stop on by.  One of our service technicians will be happy to assist you.

Quality Tractor Brush Hog Mowers

What are the differences in a mower from Big Red’s Equipment and one from the big discount
Tractor Store Chains selling low quality substitutes?  Our brush mowers come from a family-owned Mississippi company, and they include the following important features:

• Made in America
• Higher quality gearboxes with higher HP ratings
• Better gear boxes allow stronger shear pins, reducing breakage & frustrating down time
• Simpler, more robust & reliable mount design
• Many options on decks, chain guards, torque limiters & more…. Tell us what you need
• Complete setup by Big Red’s Equipment, including: assembly, gearbox lubrication, cutting down of drive shaft, cutting height adjustment, proper 3pt setup & a complimentary instruction session

……and did we mention that they’re Made in America?
Support your economy and your neighbors… Buy Domestic!

Tractor Safety Tips

In addition to using the proper safety equipment, it’s important that you read the Operator’s Manual included with your tractor, exercise correct operating procedures, and use your common sense. We hope the following safety guidelines will help you on your way to many years of happy and SAFE tractor ownership.   Exercise patience and caution when operating your tractor.  When you get in a hurry, equipment and people get hurt.   Start your tractor only while seated in the operator’s seat.  Attempting to start a tractor while standing next to it can result in crushed feet, or worse.

   Tractors are single person vehicles.  Never carry a passenger on the tractor nor on an implement.  No passengers!

  Wear appropriate clothing.  Do not wear clothes that can become entangled with the tractor or an implement.  Wear closed toe shoes and safety eyewear.   Maintain a safe distance from bystanders, especially when mowing.  Mowers can propel rocks at speeds up to 200mph.  We strongly recommend the addition of a chain guard to all mowers.

  Never operate your tractor under the influence of any drugs or alcohol.

  Your implement’s size should be matched to the size of your tractor.

  Lower all implements to the ground when stopped.

  Never place any part of your body you’d like to keep under an implement.

  Keep implements as low as possible when moving.  Most implements weigh several hundred pounds each.  Driving your tractor with one or two implements raised will dramatically change the tractor’s center of gravity, and greatly increase the possibility of rolling your tractor.

  Exercise extreme caution when loading your tractor onto or off of a trailer.  Ramps can be slippery.  Implements will affect the balance of your tractor, and can hang up on trailer parts.  Load and unload only on firm level ground.

  Reducing the risk of a side rollover:

• Set wheels as far apart as possible.
• Lock the brake pedals together before high speed road travel.
• Match speed to operating conditions and loads. Do not let the front wheels bounce.
• Slow down before turning.
• Use engine braking when going downhill.
• Avoid crossing steep slopes. Watch for depressions on the downhill side and bumps on   the uphill side. Turn downhill, not uphill, if stability becomes a problem.
• Stay at least as far from ditches and rivers as banks are deep.
• Keep front-end loader buckets as low as possible when moving.
• If right front tire goes off the road into the ditch–turn downward rather than attempting to   turn back onto the roadway.

  Exercise extreme caution on steep terrain to avoid rolling your tractor.  Travel straight up or down a slope rather than trying to traverse it.  Be aware of implement position and load, and the effect they have on the balance of your tractor.

  Reducing the risk for rear overturn:

• Always hitch loads at the drawbar.
• Use front weights to increase tractor stability.
• Start forward motion slowly and change speed gradually.
• If possible, avoid backing downhill.
• Drive around ditches.
• Back out or be towed out of ditches or mud.

 Common sense is your best safety feature.  Use it!

2013 Branson 2800 28hp Tractor Package Deal Near Fort Worth, TX

2013 Branson 2800 28hp Tractor Package Deal Near Fort Worth, TX

28hp Branson 2800, 4×4, loader, R4 tires. Comes with 4′ brush hog, 4′ box blade, and 16′ trailer–all for just $14,995! Get it financed at just $187/mo with approved credit!