Compact tractors are versatile machines that can perform a number of tasks for both homeowners and farmers. Compact tractors can be expensive, as can their replacement parts. Make sure you choose the right kind of tractor for the acreage you have.
Compact tractors are belt-driven. Some have a 3-point hitch and a power take-off for attachments like a mower deck and a snow thrower; transmissions are typically hydrostatic (like a car's automatic transmission).
Small tractors are usually less expensive and require less maintenance than large tractors. Compact tractors are less likely to flip over due to their lower center of gravity. Compact tractors are also easier to transport and store. They can often be transported in the back of a pickup truck. Some forms of maintenance are easier, such as changing a tire, because the tractor can be raised more easily.
Compact tractors can't get work done as quickly as larger tractors. If you have little time and a large amount of work, you might need a larger tractor. Larger tractors also are capable of hauling heavier loads.
Avoid using a tractor on steep hills and on ground that is wet or muddy. Drive the tractor slowly to avoid problems with control.
If your lawn is small, a walk-behind mower is a good alternative to a tractor. The cost is lower, it takes up less space, and you'll get a bit of exercise to boot.