Buying a Compact Tractor for Your Small Farm

When you own a small farm, there’s never a shortage of work to be done. Sometimes you just have to roll up your sleeves and find a way to handle whatever the land throws at you. Fortunately, the right compact tractor can help ease this burden and increase your productivity. Read on to learn how to choose the perfect tractor for your farm.

3 Questions to Help Choose the Best Small Farm Tractor 

If your small farm could benefit from the assistance of a compact tractor, there are a few key questions to ask yourself. Here’s how you can narrow the search and make a smart choice.

What’s the Size of My Property?

The acreage of your property will help you decide critical factors like the size of the tractor and how much horsepower your engine needs. For hobby farms that are only a few acres, you’ll likely want a tractor that’s smaller in size and easy to navigate in tight spaces. For larger plots of land, an increase in tractor size and horsepower will help you cover more ground efficiently. If you’re still not sure, download our free Buyer’s Guide to hone in on exactly what you need.

What Kind of Jobs Will I Do?

From clearing fields for planting to baling hay for livestock, there’s always something to keep you busy on a farm. While compact tractors have many uses, narrow your search by making a list of all the jobs you’re planning to use it for. For example, if you live in a warm weather climate, you don’t need to waste any time looking at snow removal capabilities. 

In general, it never hurts to give yourself some room to grow into as you find more applications for your tractor. There’s a wide range of small farm tractor attachments that will transform the way you work, even if you don’t know which ones you need yet.

What Conditions Will I Be Working In?

Every plot of land comes with its own unique challenges. Carefully consider your typical working conditions and choose features accordingly. When you’re regularly navigating difficult terrain with slopes and hills, four-wheel drive is a must. Also, those in exceptionally hot or cold climates may want the comfort of an enclosed cab. To better understand your land, its conditions, and the long-term vision, our Landowner’s Planner is filled with helpful property management tools and resources.

4 Factors That Set Small Farm Tractors Apart

There are lots of similarities when you’re looking at compact tractors, but sometimes it’s the small details that make the best choice obvious. Beyond the measurables like horsepower and lift capacity, these are four factors that can make or break your decision.


Every property is different, and there’s no one-size-fits-all solution for every need. The ideal small farm tractor should give you choice and flexibility in the features you want. At Yanmar, our Custom Tractor Builder allows you to do just that. You can choose everything from light kits and mirrors to tire tread and 3-point implements. Our goal is to help you get the right tractor that will serve you for generations to come. 


When the going gets tough, will the manufacturer stand behind their machine? A strong warranty not only provides peace of mind, but also gives you insight into their reputation for reliability. That’s why all new Yanmar tractors come with a 10-year limited powertrain warranty that’s unmatched in the industry. With over 110 years of history, we prioritize product quality and aren’t afraid to put it to the test.

Customer Service

Would you rather work with a company that sees you as a transaction, or one that’s invested in building a relationship and enabling your success? Thanks to the Yanmar CuE Team, we’re able to offer an unmatched customer experience. Based in our Atlanta-area headquarters, this dedicated team of experts will work with you directly to answer your questions, provide support through every step of the buying journey, and offer solutions for your challenges. 

Cost Savings

There’s no doubt a tractor is a major purchase, and cost is a significant factor in the final decision. Especially when so many of your resources are already going toward maintaining your small farm. Make sure the manufacturer you choose is willing to work with you and find ways to meet your financial goals. Currently, Yanmar is offering a wide range of cash rebates and low-interest financing options, and we’re always adding new exclusive offers to help you get the essential equipment you need.

Connect With Yanmar

Whether you want to learn more about how Yanmar tractors can work for your small farm or find a specific model at a nearby dealer, we’re here to help. We want to make your tractor buying journey as smooth as possible. Please don’t hesitate to connect with us online or give us a call at 678-551-7369.

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