What size tractor do I need for 40 acres?
The kind of tractor you should purchase for your farm should depend primarily on the acreage.
The number of acres of your farmland should be considered first before going ahead to get a tractor.
Over time, I have received lots of questions of people asking me the most suitable tractor size for their acre of farmland.
This is actually a smart question and I will be answering it in this article. Kindly read through if you also have the same inquiry.
Survey has shown that 50% of farmlands are usually between 1-2 acres. The fact is as long as your farmland is already measuring up to an acre of land, you should consider getting a tractor. Let me brief you on why you need a tractor.
Tractors are used for mowing, plowing, snowing, hauling, Tillage, and also land cultivation.
The use of tractors are not limited to just these as new uses are discovered literally everytime. Tractors are also used to spread seeds evenly across a piece of land.
Pouring seeds manually on your farmland might be quite ineffective as there might be a case of overpopulation on a single spot.
The tractor can be used to disperse seeds, when the natural dispersal media such as wind, water fail.
Asides from using tractors as seed dispersal machinery, their use as haulage vehicles on the farm cannot be overemphasized.
A number of farm implements, such as plows, Tillage implements, etc can be attached to the tractor to fulfil their purposes.
In addition, tractors are used to spread fertilizer or pesticide on the farm. Large and already-measured quantities of fertilizer is attached to the tractor, and is moved across the piece of land. The fertilizer is released as the tractor moves.
So let’s cut the long story and get straight down to business. There are different options available when it comes to getting a tractor, with respect to size and capability.
In this article, I will reveal the size of tractor you should get for your 1,2, 5, 10, 15, 20, over 20 – 40 acres and commercial farmlands.
It is necessary to read this piece before proceeding to purchase a tractor as it will not be nice if you get a tractor with a power that is too low or too large for your acreage.
Every size of land has a tractor size that suits it. Keep this in mind.
Remember I told you that there are different kinds of tractors suitable for different acres of farmland.
Here, you will see how these machines differ in their features, specifications, size, weight, and most importantly, horsepower. Let’s ride.
What size Tractor do I need for 1-2 Acres?
Tractors made to work on farmlands in this acre range are called Lawn Tractors. “Lawn tractors” in the sense that they are used on Lawn-sized farms, such as the size of a football pitch. This is quite comprehensive.
They can perform minor or small jobs in the yard such as mowing. In fact, the main function of lawn tractors is mowing.
They come with an electric Power Take Off (PTO) system and a small fuel tank. The fuel tank is usually between 2-3 gallon size.
One interesting feature about Lawn tractors is that they are easy to maneuver, and can even be operated by women.
Also, the tires are not so dense, so they don’t leave unnecessary tracks on the lawn. This keeps your mini farm land neat and tidy.
For an acre of land, you can get a lawn tractor with 14-15 horsepower engine.
However, if your land is bigger but not bigger than 2 acres, a tractor with a 16 horsepower engine is definitely enough. Try this and thank me later.
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What size Tractor do I need for 3-10 acres?
Tractors used on lands within 3-10 acres are known as Garden tractors. They are quite larger than the Lawn Tractors used on 2 or less acre of land.
Just like Lawn Tractors, Garden tractors can also be used for mowing, but there is more to their functions.
Garden tractors can be used to perform heavier jobs on even larger properties.
An interesting feature is that they come with various attachments that can allow you to move snow, haul, dump small loads, cultivate land, till, plow, and even spread fertilizer or pesticide.
These are stunts that a Lawn Tractor can’t pull. Lawn Tractors are specific in functions and don’t have diverse capabilities like Garden tractors. Note that there are also limits to using garden Tractors.
A garden tractor usually has a 5 or 6 gallon fuel tank, PTO and a hydraulic clutch.
It may have four-wheel-drive and enough power to tackle heavy jobs such as hauling manure out of the barn, carrying feed to animals and many more.
Remember that if you need an excellent tractor for your large farmland which might be up to 19 acres, Garden tractors should be your go.
They aren’t large but are not as small as lawn tractors. Also, they are more rugged, with aggressive wheels. They might be harder to operate than lawn tractors.
Garden tractors for 3-10 acres usually come with a 15 to 29 horsepower engine.
This is obviously, larger than that of lawn tractors hence you can tell that they should have a higher performance than the latter.
What size tractor do I need for 11-20 Acres?
11 Acres is such a very large piece for land! However, it’s not too large for as tractor to be efficient on it.
Farmlands in the range of 11-20 acres can be worked on by Compact and Sub-compact tractors.
These kinds of tractors usually come with 2 or sometimes, 3 cylinder diesel engines and fuel tanks which can hold up to 8 gallons of diesel fuel.
This is larger than that of Garden tractors and Lawn Tractors, combined. They are easy to maneuver and operate on slightly large properties.
Just like the name, Sub-compact Tractors have lower horsepower engines when compared to compact tractors.
Sub-compact tractors usually have between 25-35 horsepower engines and are suitable for use on farmlands between 5-10 acres.
On the other hand, Compact tractors have between 35-50 horsepower engines and are quite suitable for use on farmlands between 10-20 acres.
If you have 20 acres of land, you should go for a compact tractor.
However, both compact and Sub-compact tractors come with lot of attachments and can perform a wide range of functions on the farm.
What size tractor do I need for 40 acres?
Any farmland up to 40 acres is usually for commercial purposes. However, this doesn’t mean that all lands of this acreage are commercial lands.
So, I’ll point out the kinds of tractors suitable for non-commercial lands below 40 acres.
These kinds of tractors are called Utility tractors. They are taller, bigger and more powerful than any of the tractors mentioned so far in this article.
The main purpose of tractors of this size is to manage heavy duty attachments and perform highly difficult tasks which include handling large loads, digging post holes, clearing deep snow, etc.
Typically, Utility tractors come with a minimum of 45 horsepower engines. This is why they are ideal for very large acres of land.
You will really find this machine useful most especially if you own a wide farmland.
What size tractor do I need for Commercial Farming?
Commerical farm tractors usually come with the highest horsepower engines. These might range from 85 horsepower to 450 horsepower.
They are typically run with a 4 to 6 cylinder diesel engine and are designed for commercial farming. If you have a small land, you don’t need this kind of tractor as it is unnecessary.
Asides from the basic functions and specifications that come with these kind of tractors, there is also a bit of luxury which includes a comfortable enclosed cab complete with AC, heating, adjustable power seat, GPS, tilt steering wheel, sound system and many more.
If you are a farmer having a great expanse of land, you should get one of these tractors for your farmland.
If you are also having a farmland up to 40 acres, these kind of tractors might be better than utility tractors.
With this, you don’t need to spend all day on the farm doing minor and heavy tasks that a machine could handle for you.
Things to consider before purchasing a Tractor
When you are about to purchase a tractor, there are certain things you need to put into consideration. This will help you save a lot, including your money. Here is where I’m going.
Tractors with greater horsepower tend to cost more. So, you should try balance horsepower with your working ability.
Do not just go for any tractor with an unnecessarily high horsepower which will eventually become useless on your farm.
Secondly, take note of the Manufacturers Specifications. If you are looking to buy one from five tractors, you should carefully check out the specification of each, as this will greatly affect your output and the amount for purchase.
Another factor to consider is time. This should have come first, but I had to save the best for the last. We all want to get something when it quite affordable.
Study the market, and don’t buy a tractor when you feel you or any other farmer needs it. This is the time that the manufacturers tend to increase the prices.
So you should purchase one when there’s a large supply and no one is buying yet. The price is usually relatively low at this time. Having said all of these, you should know what’s best for you by now.