It’s no secret that landscaping and lawn care is a priority for many Americans. In fact, about 83% of Americans think having a yard is important and 90% of those with a yard think it is important that it is also well-maintained. This also means that equipment maintenance should be prioritized as well. In 1916, about 20,000 tractors were sold in the United States. By 1935 that number had jumped to more than 1 million. Tractor technology has evolved significantly since their initial development, but there are still some common problems users should be aware of. With that in mind, let’s go over some of the most common problems people have using their tractors and how to best solve them.

Excess Smoke/Exhaust During Use

Many people that see too much smoke billowing out of their tractor’s exhaust may think that it’s a sign of old age and wear down. But don’t make any assumptions until you’ve checked the air filter. Many times, it’s just clogged with debris, which causes the engine to pull the oil past the piston rings. This is what creates the smelly clouds of smoke. Once you replace the air filters and examine the pistons, the problem should be resolved. If not, take it to a professional.


It’s not uncommon for tractors to overheat if they haven’t been properly maintained. The most common culprits are clogged cooling fins, which are located near the engine’s cylinder head. Typically, these are clogged with basic debris like dead grass clippings and leaves. Once they’re cleared, the engine should once again be able to cool properly.

Bumpy Operation

If you just can’t seem to get a smooth ride with your tractor, check its oil. Like a car, your tractor’s oil needs to be changed regularly. Failing to do so can shorten its lifespan and decrease operational efficiency.

The average American spends, on average, four hours per week taking care of their lawn. That adds up to an average of 208 hours per year or over eight days. Understanding how to recognize and resolve these common tractor problems can help you keep your yard or farm maintained as efficiently as possible. For more information about Branson tractor package deals, contact Big Tex Tractor.

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