If seeing a tractor for sale makes you long for a house with a red barn and a hundred acres behind that, you may be the perfect person to become a farmer. Family farms are on the decline because recent generations do not want to be farmers like their parents and grandparents. As such, there is a lot of farmland for sale, as well as a lot of equipment. If you know for sure that you are going to become a farmer now, here are a few pointers on buying your very first tractor.
Learn about Tractor Engines
In most cases, tractor engines are diesel-loving machines. You will need to store diesel fuel somewhere on your farm property if you are going to keep your tractor running. Also, tractor engines are not at all similar to the majority of passenger vehicle engines or truck engines.
Tractor engines are a different sort of construction altogether. It is in your best interests to learn as much as you can about tractor engines because it will not only help you buy a good working tractor, but it will also help you know how to fix your tractor. That is right; farmers are their own mechanics. They do not take their farm equipment to someone else to fix!
Thoroughly Examine a Tractor Before You Buy It
Sure, this is just common sense, but most people like yourself get caught up in the excitement of starting a farm and buying equipment. They are blinded by the symbolic beauty of a tractor and buy used tractors without first examining every part. Make sure you also start the tractor up and drive it around a bit. If you are too scared to get on the tractor to drive it, the owner can drive it around a bit, but then you might want to reconsider farming. After all, you will be driving a tractor a lot!
Ask the Owners Why They Are Selling Their Tractors
It is not every day that other farmers decide to sell the tractors they have. Most farmers cannot afford to buy new tractors, so they drive what they have until the tractors do not run anymore. Usually, if a farmer is selling a tractor it is because A) it does not work anymore and needs parts and repairs too costly for the farmer to manage, or B) the farmer got lucky and purchased a new tractor. Farmers are very pragmatic people; they do not tend to hold onto an older tractor if they have a newer one.