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When Is The Best Time To Buy A Tractor In 2022?

When is the best time of the year to buy a Tractor?

Tractors are widely used in mechanized agriculture, construction, and engineering purposes. Amongst all of these uses, agricultural purposes still remain the first priority of tractors.

In the early ages of agriculture, seeds were planted manually, the land was cleared, tilled, and plowed with manual tools. All other agricultural practices were conducted manually. However, there has been a revolution.

Presently, you can do all of these and more without directly coming in contact with the tools. This explains the introduction of machines into agriculture and is known as Mechanised Farming/Agriculture.

This might not sound new to many of us as we’ve started making use of these machines to cultivate the land. However, some of us are still comfortable with the old conventional practices and find it difficult to adapt to this new normal.

This article will not introduce you to Mechanised Farming neither will it teach you how to integrate it into your agricultural practices. It will only be talking about a special machine used on the farm. You know what it is already.

An Overview Of The Tractor

A tractor is basically an engineering vehicle or machine, that has been designed for a specific purpose, which is to deliver a high tractive effort at slow speeds. That is, tractors are simply used to pull objects.

How does this apply to Agriculture? It’s not far-fetched. Tractors are made for the purpose of hauling agricultural machinery such as harvesters, plows, cultivators, etc. It is quite easy to operate.

Most commonly, the term is used to describe a farm vehicle that provides the power and traction to mechanize agricultural tasks, especially (and originally) tillage, but nowadays a great variety of tasks.

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Agricultural implements/machinery may be towed behind or mounted on the tractor, and the tractor may also provide a source of power if the implement is mechanized.

Specific Use of Tractors In 2022

Like I said earlier, tractors have a variety of uses but they are widely used as farm vehicles. Tractors on farms are usually called farm tractors. They can be used for purposes which include;

  • Pulling or pushing agricultural machinery or trailers
  • Ploughing
  • Soil Tillage
  • Disking
  • Harrowing
  • Planting etc.

There are also Tractors that serve as a source of power, most especially if the implement is mechanized. For example, a farm tractor can be used to power a pump for land irrigation.

Other tractors have also been developed to solve certain farm problems. For example, row tractors have adjustable tread width to allow rows of cereals, maize, tomatoes, and other crops to pass down the tractor without crushing the plants.

There are also many utility tractors used for non-farm or non-agricultural purposes like grading, landscape maintenance, and excavation purposes, particularly with loaders, backhoes, pallet forks, and similar devices.

Some farm-type tractors are found elsewhere than on farms, within large universities’ gardening departments, in public parks, or for highway workman use with blowtorch cylinders strapped to the sides and a pneumatic drill air compressor permanently fastened over the power take-off.

These are often fitted with grass (turf) tires which are less damaging to soft surfaces than agricultural tires.

When is the best time to buy a tractor?

From my own perspective, I don’t feel there is the best time of the year to buy a tractor. You can buy a tractor at any time you feel you need it but, there are things to consider before getting one.

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One of the things you should put into consideration include timing, so time is also important when planning to get one. I will elaborate on this.

If we should integrate economics with agriculture, you will agree with me that the best time to get a tractor is when there is a high supply of it (or low demand). There are laws that back this up.

Laws of demand and supply state that the price of a commodity will increase when there is a high demand (low supply) for it and will decrease when there is a low demand (high supply) for it in the market.

Everyone wants to get something that’s quite affordable. Literally, no one would go for a product that’s sold at a very high price when he/she can get it lower later. One just has to be observant of the market.

Figure out when the companies producing the tractors are having a high production to consumption rate. When this happens, the company will have no choice but to bring down the price of the tractors. It’s as simple as that.

Demand for tractors and other agricultural machinery usually spikes during summer. The logic behind this is quite simple. We all know the best time for pre-planting and planting is summer, so the use of these machines will increase during this time.

As the demand goes up, the price follows suit. This is actually the worst time to buy a tractor. Instead, you could go for it even before you need it. Get yourself a tractor in the rainy season and thank me later.

This principle of buying things before they become useful does not only apply to tractors but to anything that has a price tag on it. It is called an off-season purchase.

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It is just like buying a snowmobile when it’s not even snowy yet. I bet you’ll get the best deals if you do this.

Another great time to buy tractors could be the end of the year. Many manufacturers will want to sell off the machinery in their inventory before the production for the new year begins.

I won’t say the manufacturers will sell at ridiculous prices, but at least the prices will be quite lower when compared to the normal price range, during the sales period or middle of the year.

You might also want to consider the size of your land before you purchase a tractor. Small farmlands do not need tractors with very high HP, so you might want to wait till the end of the season before getting one.

Mark Lockett

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