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.

http://www.window.state.tx.us/taxinfo/agriculture/get_ready_texas.html

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?

SALES FEATURES & BENEFITS

20R SERIES 

FRONT AXLE
    • 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.
HYDROSTATIC STEERING
    • 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.
DUAL HYDRAULIC PUMPS
    • 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.
FULLY SYNCHRONIZED 12 SPEED TRANSMISSION AND SHUTTLE
    • 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.
CAST IRON REAR END AND TRANSMISSION HOUSINGS
    • 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.
METAL HOOD, FENDERS WITH POWDER COAT PAINT FINISH
    • 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.
WET DISC BRAKES
    • 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.
INDEPENDENT PTO OR LIVE PTO
    • 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.
STONGER MAIN FRAME
    • 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.
STRONGER WIDER STEPS
    • 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.
CENTERED MOUNTED FUEL TANKS
    • 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
    • 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
    • Back up lights automatically engage when shuttle lever is shifted into reverse. The reverse lights will illuminate any objects hiding in dark areas.
WIDE FLAT OPERATORS PLATFORM
    • 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.
HYDRAULIC SITE GLASS
    • Just park the tractor on level ground and look to see if you need to add hyd. fluid. No dip stick or rag needed.
TWO SPEED PTO
    • 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.
CLUTCH LOCK OUT
    • 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.
ALUMINUM RADIATOR
    • No worry about corrosion destroying your radiator or cooling system.
REMOVABLE RADIATOR SCREEN
    • This is a standard feature that allows the customer to clean without the use of water or air to assure proper air flow.
LIVE POWER
    • Both hydraulic pumps are engine mounted, this mean that the operator has hydraulic power at his disposal at all times.
FOLD DOWN ROPS
    • This allows operator to go under low trees or any other low structure.
REAR WORK LAMP
    • 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.
A SERIES DIESEL ENGINES
    • All Branson 20R units meet current tier 4 emission standards.
4 YEAR LIMITED WARRANTY
    • 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.
OPEN SERVICE AREA
    • 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.
ADJUSTABLE REAR 3PT LINKAGE, LOCKING SWAY BARS AND FLIP UP PTO COVER.
    • All three of these features allow more ease and access when mounting implements to the rear 3PT hitch.
ENCLOSED REAR FIRE WALL
    • This helps to reduce heat and engine noise to be transferred back towards the operator.
DELUXE SEAT
    • 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.
3 PT HITCH FLOW CONTROL
    • 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.
DIFFERENTIAL LOCK
    • 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.
4 WHEEL OR 2 WHEEL DRIVE LEVER
    • All Branson 20R units can easily disconnect front axle for transport on highways or other paved areas.
BL25R LOADERS
TRUE QUICK ATTACH LOADER WITH MID MOUNT MOUNTING KIT AND REAR AXLE BRACKETS
    • 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.
FREE GRILL GUARD
    • 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.
RECESSED GREASE INSERTS
    • This prevents the possibility of the insert being broken off. Also all the grease inserts are facing outwards so they can be accessed easily.
LEVEL INDICATOR
    • 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.
FENDER MOUNTED LOADER JOY STICK
    • This opens up the platform so the tractor can be mounted from both sides with ease and without obstruction.
CURVED BOOM DESIGN
    • The curve of the loader boom follows the curve of the hood perfectly creating a clean attractive mount.
LIFT CAPACITY AT FULL HEIGHT
    • 2100 LBS.
MAXIMUM LIFT HEIGHT
    • 103.8 INCHES
BUCKET DUMP ANGLE
    • 44 DEGRESS
BUCKET ROLL BACK ANGLE
    • 24.5 DEGRESS
BREAKOUT FORCE
    • 3531 LBS.
BUCKET WIDTH
  • 68.5 in.
00 Series Sales Features
  • This unit comes standard with many of the same features offered on our larger tractors
LOW PROFILE
    • 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.
HYDROSTATIC STEERING
    • 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.
DUAL HYDRAULIC PUMPS
    • 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.
TWO TRANSMISSION OPTIONS
    • 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 REAR END AND TRANSMISSION HOUSING
    • 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
METAL HOOD, FENDERS WITH POWDER COAT PAINT FINISH
    • 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.
WET DISC BRAKES
    • 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.
MID MOUNT PTO
    • 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.
TWO SPEED REAR PTO
    • Giving you, the operator, more rear mounted implement options.
4 WHEEL OR 2 WHEEL DRIVE LEVER
    • All Branson 00 series units can easily disconnect front axle for transport on highways or other paved areas.
3 PT HITCH FLOW CONTROL
    • 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.
DIFFERENTIAL LOCK
    • 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.
WIDE & OPEN OPERATORS PLATFORM
    • 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.
ALUMINUM RADIATOR
    • No need to worry about corrosion destroying your radiator or cooling system.
REMOVABLE RADIATOR SCREEN
    • 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
3 CYLINDER DIESEL ENGINE
    • 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.
FOLD DOWN ROPS
    • This allows operator to go under low trees or any other low structure.
BACK UP LIGHTS
    • Back up lights automatically turn on when tractor is in reverse mode.
CATEGORY 1 REAR 3 PT HITCH
    • Standard category 1 rear 3 PT hitch allows the operator a host of attachments that can be mounted.
FLIP UP SEAT
    • 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.
4 YEAR LIMITED WARRANTY
    • 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.
TWO LOADER OPTIONS – BL00 & the 1200X-XTREME
BOTH LOADERS ARE QUICK ATTACH WITH MID MOUNT MOUNTING KIT AND REAR AXLE BRACKETS.
  • These loaders require no tools to dismount and can be dismounted in under 5 minutes by one person
  • FREE GRILL GUARD
    • 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)
  • LOADER VALVE  
    • 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.
      LOADER SPECIFICATIONS
       
      BL00
      1200X
      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.

Efficient
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.

Low-Maintenance
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!