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A Buyer’s Guide to Used Tractors: Tips for Making the Best Purchase

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John Deere 1025R

Whether you’re a farmer, a DIYer, or a homeowner in need of some extra help, making the investment in a tractor offers plenty of benefits. From planting to tilling to hauling materials, having a tractor around will help to lighten your workload. Shopping on a budget and navigating the used tractor market will take some careful consideration to ensure that you’re making the most of your investment. Here are a few essential tips for finding perfect used tractors for your property. 

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Define Your Needs

Before diving into research, it’s important to assess your specific needs. Take into consideration the size of your property, what tasks you’ll be spending time on, and any specific features you’ll need. This will help to narrow down some specifics like horsepower and lift capacity requirements as well as compatibility with implements and attachments. 

Set a Budget

Although it may seem obvious, you can’t forget this step. Shopping for used tractors is a great way to save on high-quality equipment but you’ll still need to set a realistic budget with consideration to potential maintenance and repair expenses. By shopping at Wright Implement, you’re cutting out some of the risk: all of our equipment is well-maintained and inspected, saving you money in the long run on unexpected repairs. 

Research Tractor Models

With a good idea of your needs and budget, it’s time to narrow your choices and find specific tractor models that fit your needs. If you’re needing a consistent helping hand for hauling lawn materials and mowing, consider John Deere’s 1 Series. If you’re needing a little more lifting and pulling power, you may be looking for something a little bigger, like a 3 or a 4 Series model. Contact your local Wright Implement or follow the links below to research tractor models for yourself. 

Check Out the John Deere 1 Series

Browse John Deere 3 and 4 Series Tractors

Inspect the Tractor's Condition

So, you’ve found a used tractor you like, and it’s available on the market. Now, you’ll want to make sure that it’ll last. Take into account details such as operation hours, basic signs of wear, and hydraulic systems. Again, this is where we’ll come in handy! We’ve already handled the inspection for you, and will be able to answer questions such as owner history, operation hours and more. 

See John Deere's Tips for Inspection

Research Parts and Service

Finally, you want to know that your new tractor is easily serviced, and made up of parts you’ll be able to replace. When you shop John Deere parts, you know that every part is built to a high, consistent standard. You can purchase any part you’ll need online or in store, and have it delivered to your nearest Wright Implement. 

Search the John Deere Parts Catalog

Ask a Professional

That’s what we’re here for! If you’re still struggling to find what you need in your budget, call or stop in, and one of the experts at Wright Implement will be happy to help point you in the right direction. 

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