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Small tractors make big impact

Slideshow: New compact tractors are being introduced, as well as attachments for tractors and skid steers.

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Compact tractors are a mainstay on most operations, no matter the size. The once venerable “chore tractor” has grown up to include a more comfortable seat, better transmission (with shuttle) and, in some cases, even a cab.

Boosting the value of an investment in these machines can add value, too. A trip to any farm show offers a look at a range of tools that can make work around the farm easier because you maximize use of the power available. Tractor attachments, which also are often available for skid-steer machines, put that hydraulic power to work on a variety of tasks.

This roundup includes several new compact tractors coming to market with added features.

Compact tractors

The new machines from Bad Boy, Branson, LS and Tym show these companies continue to raise their game in operator convenience and comfort. New cab options are becoming available for running these machines year-round with the attachments available.

Most of the new machines give buyers an option with gear drive or hydrostatic transmissions, allowing you to decide your investment and use needs. The hydrostatic transmission has long been an option for the compact tractor class, providing near “automatic transmission” use for operators who may not live in a tractor seat all the time.

The gear-driven models often come with a shuttle for quick movement from forward to reverse, a must for these machines since most leave the showroom with a loader attached. Loader work is simplified because you can change directions easily.

Plenty of attachments

Whether you’re using a small tractor or a skid-steer loader, you’ll find useful attachments in this roundup. While compact tractors are the start of the slideshow, the attachments featured include machines that work with larger tractors or skid-steer loaders.

The skid-steer loader continues to be the ultimate tool carrier on any jobsite from farm to construction. And most attachment makers these days include ways their tools can be linked to a tractor or skid-steer.

If you’re looking for that “special something” to make your life a little easier, we may have found it for you. Check out this slideshow to learn more and find links to the suppliers for more information.

About the Author(s)

Willie Vogt

Willie Vogt has been covering agricultural technology for more than 40 years, with most of that time as editorial director for Farm Progress. He is passionate about helping farmers better understand how technology can help them succeed, when appropriately applied.

Sierra Day

Field editor, Farm Progress

A 10th-generation agriculturist, Sierra Day grew up alongside the Angus cattle, corn and soybeans on her family’s operation in Cerro Gordo, Ill. Although she spent an equal amount in farm machinery as she did in the cattle barn as a child, Day developed a bigger passion for the cattle side of the things.

An active member of organizations such as 4-H, FFA and the National Junior Angus Association, she was able to show Angus cattle on the local, state and national levels while participating in contests and leadership opportunities that were presented through these programs.

As Day got older, she began to understand the importance of transitioning from a member to a mentor for other youth in the industry. Thus, her professional and career focus is centered around educating agriculture producers and youth to aid in prospering the agriculture industry.

In 2018, she received her associate degree from Lake Land College, where her time was spent as an active member in clubs such as Ag Transfer club and PAS. A December 2020 graduate of Kansas State University in Animal Sciences & Industry and Agricultural Communications & Journalism, Day was active in Block & Bridle and Agriculture Communicators of Tomorrow, while also serving as a communications student worker in the animal science department.

Day currently resides back home where she owns and operates Day Cattle Farm with her younger brother, Chayton. The duo strives to raise functional cattle that are show ring quality and a solid foundation for building anyone’s herd.

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