10 Things To Consider When Buying a Tractor

Tractors are complicated machines with many moving parts, and it can be intimidating to know what to consider when looking to buy one. If you have been searching for the ideal tractor, this guide will help you understand their main parts as well as offer some additional things to consider when buying from a dealer. 


1. Engine

The engine is your tractor’s nucleus, providing the energy necessary to get the job done. The engine’s strength is measured in horsepower. Higher horsepower = more power. One of our helpful salesmen can help you determine what size engine is best for your needs. 


2. Transmission

Choosing your transmission type is a very important factor when buying a tractor. Branson tractors offer two transmission types: Hydrostatic and Shuttle Shift. A Hydrostatic (automatic) transmission allows you to keep one hand on the steering wheel and the other hand on the loader joystick while also controlling forward and reverse movements with your foot. Much like an automatic car, as your speed increases your engine adapts. A Shuttle Shift (standard) transmission allows you to choose a transmission range and gear, then use the clutch to move a shuttle lever from neutral to forward or reverse. This type of transmission makes it easy to maintain a consistent speed. 


3. Hydraulics

Hydraulic power can be used in many ways. It makes turning much easier, and it’s also used for lifting attachments and powering implements such as backhoes and front-end loaders.


4. PTO Shaft

Power take-off is a device located at the rear of your tractor. It transfers the engine’s mechanical power to another piece of equipment which does not have its own engine or motor. This is one of the most important parts of your machine, and it can be used most effectively when implements are purchased in a Branson tractor package deal. 


5. Hitches

In order for your tractor to connect with other equipment, it needs an attachment hitch. The three-point hitch includes a hydraulic lift for raising and lowering attached equipment, and there are specialized hitches for attachments such as front-end loaders and forklifts.


6. Tires

Your tractor tires should provide heavy traction so that you can work in any condition. One of the best ways to ensure that your tires are ready for anything is by having them filled with LiquiTube Tire Sealant. This stuff works wonders!


7. Headlights

We all know how exhausting it is to work out in the summer heat, so it’s often better to save tractor projects for the evening. When looking for a tractor, make sure that it is equipped with powerful headlights that will shine a path. 


8. Rollover Protection

Rollover protection structures protect you from injury in the event that the tractor was to flip over. All Branson tractors come equipped with this feature to ensure driver safety.


9. Dealer Support

When buying heavy machinery, it is inevitable that you will need routine service. Make sure that you buy from a dealer who puts the customer first and keeps necessary parts in stock. At Big Tex Tractor, you are family from the moment you buy from us, and we will always take care of your equipment needs in a timely and professional manner. 


10. Price

The very last thing that should be considered is the purchase price but is often where customers want to start. Paying a little more up-front for a machine that will last longer will save you money in the long run. Thankfully price is not an issue for our customers, because our tractor packages are the best priced in Texas!

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