Compact tractors are powerful pieces of equipment that can turn backbreaking chores into fun, quick-turn projects. With multiple compact tractor sizes and configurations in the market, it’s easy to see why so many ranch, farm and property owners put this hard-working machine to work on their land.
But what happens when an old compact tractor becomes more trouble than it’s worth? While compact tractors are durable machines, older models can pose challenges to operators, including complicated maintenance, lower resale value, uncomfortable operation and more. If any of these issues sound familiar, it might be time to retire your old compact tractor. Here are seven signs that you should upgrade to a newer compact tractor model.
1. The Old Compact Tractor Is Uncomfortable to Operate
Operating your compact tractor shouldn’t feel like work. If you’re running long hours or knocking out multiple projects a day, your compact tractor should feel like an extension of yourself. Bumpy rides and jerky controls make performing even the most routine task more challenging than necessary and can leave you with a backache for days.
If you’re struggling to enjoy your projects due to uncomfortable operation, consider upgrading to a compact tractor with features like operator-friendly controls, a suspension seat that absorbs vibrations and bumps, an enclosed radio-ready cab and a low-noise, low-vibration engine. Some tractors, including Bobcat® compact tractors, offer features like power steering, cruise control and a cab-integrated joystick lever to make operation even simpler and more comfortable.
2. It Isn’t Compatible With Many Compact Tractor Attachments or Implements
If an older compact tractor is not compatible with popular attachments or implements or switching tools is difficult, it significantly reduces your productivity and efficiency. The right attachment or implement transforms a compact tractor into a versatile tool designed to tackle a variety of projects on your land. Bobcat compact tractors come standard with a 3-point hitch, allowing them to connect with attachments or implements so you can complete tasks on your property like post-hole digging, tilling, mowing and more. Features like a quick-attach mounting system and the Bobcat quick-hitch make swapping tractor attachments and implements fast and easy.
The ability to pair your tractor with the best attachment or implement for your project not only improves your productivity – it eliminates the need to purchase or rent additional machines.
3. The Older Compact Tractor Has a Low Resale Value
Resale value might not be the first thing you think of when purchasing a tractor, but the older your tractor gets the more important it becomes. Especially if you eventually decide to sell your compact tractor and upgrade to a newer machine. If your existing tractor came without a quality warranty, this lowers the machine’s value and can cost you money in the long run.
Finding the best compact tractor with a high-quality warranty option, like the Bobcat Protection Plus®️ extended warranty, is a great way to ensure you’re making a smart equipment investment. Look for a transferable warranty, which can improve your resale value. With a transferable warranty, new buyers can enjoy similar warranty benefits on a used machine.
4. You Struggle to Operate in All Ground Conditions
An effective compact tractor should be able to operate in all ground conditions. If your current machine struggles on certain types of terrain, that’s a good indication you need an upgrade. Newer compact tractor models, like the Bobcat CT4045, CT4050, CT4055 and CT4058, provide generous, class-leading ground clearance so you can operate easily on rough or muddy terrain.
It’s also important to consider whether your existing tractor is limited to one type of tire. Bobcat industrial, agricultural and turf tires all offer specialized features to help you move easily through a variety of ground conditions. Selecting a new tractor with multiple tire options helps keep you moving no matter where a project takes you.
5. Maintaining Your Older Compact Tractor Is Difficult
Maintaining a compact tractor shouldn’t be a challenge. If you’re struggling to perform basic maintenance on your older machine, that’s another sign that it’s time for an upgrade. Look for a newer tractor with an accessible engine compartment so you can make daily maintenance checks from one side of the engine. This makes it easy to keep your tractor running smoothly with minimal effort.
It’s also important to consider engine access. For example, all Bobcat compact tractors offer direct engine access simply by lifting the hood. Not having to remove side panels or manipulate a grill guard with the Bobcat compact tractor provides best-in-class maintenance accessibility and makes virtually all of the major service points easy to reach.
6. You Find It Difficult to Locate Parts for Your Older Compact Tractor
If you’re struggling to find the right parts for your current compact tractor, it can be difficult to keep your machine at peak performance. Tractors that come with easy access to high-quality parts are ideal for extending the life of your machine. If you would like to upgrade to a new compact tractor, consider looking into programs where you can buy parts online. All Bobcat customers have the ability to order high-quality Bobcat Genuine Parts online and have them shipped directly to their homes.
7. You Don’t Have Access to Reliable Dealer Support
Having a good relationship with your tractor’s dealership is helpful for keeping your machine in top working order. When operating an older compact tractor, unexpected maintenance issues are bound to arise. Without strong dealer support, it can be difficult to diagnose and resolve those issues quickly, efficiently and economically. Bobcat compact tractors come with a reliable network of more than 550 dealers. Each location provides local access to authorized service, warranty repairs, and parts that are designed to the unique specifications of each Bobcat tractor.
So if it’s time to retire your current compact tractor, give your local Bobcat dealer a call. They’ll help you find the best compact tractor option for your property and your next project.