Today, we’re going to talk about my #1 most frequently asked question about tractors, and that is: “What is the best brand of compact tractors?”
As you can guess, that could open up a can of worms. What I’m going to tell you first is that there are eleven brands of compact tractors currently available in North America.
- New Holland (Case is also part of the CNH family and not big on compacts, so both offer similar product painted a different color)
- Massey Ferguson
- RK (offered through the Rural King Farm Store Dealership and built by Tym.)
So, which one do you pick?
Well, first off, most tractor companies offer a kind of entry-level tractor or a no-frills tractor which they advertise at a low price. Then they offer a deluxe tractor, too. Now, they’ll probably sell way more of the no-frills tractor than they will the deluxe tractor. In fact, in some cases you may not even be able to drive the deluxe tractor because they may not have it in stock on their lot.
So the important thing to know is what the differences are between the bare-bones tractor and the deluxe tractor. If you’re shopping for a tractor, just go into the dealership and look at their no-frills model. Then ask if they have a deluxe version of that model. Ask what the differences are, and the dealer will tell you.
Now, personally, I would probably be happy with any of these eleven brands if I got their Deluxe tractors. There are some features on the deluxe tractors that I really like, and would miss on the no-frills tractor. But if you don’t use the tractor very much–maybe you just run a brush hog around the field a little bit– the no-frills tractor may be just exactly what you want. But personally, I would want the deluxe tractor.
I can say that the quality of those eleven brands is really close. Some are built in Korea, some are built in Japan. The Korean product has come a long way, and it’s very close to the Japanese product in quality.
So what to buy? In my opinion, if all the brands are pretty close to the same, I say find a dealer you like and that you trust will be there in ten years to take care of you. Buy what they’re selling. That will end up being the best compact tractor for you.