Which is the best tractor to buy?
The most important thing to consider is what you are intending to use the tractor for. If you just need a machine that can perform general everyday tasks, such as some loading or towing, work around a yard or light farming use, then forking out for the newest model might not be the most sensible option. And it's unlikely that you'll actually need all the latest technology and innovative engineering that is present on the very latest tractors.
Of course, tractors are a necessity for the vast majority of farms, but even if you need a tractor for heavy and frequent use, buying brand new may not always be the best option. New tractors are certainly very much a 'big ticket' item and a massive investment to undertake.
Leasing is an obvious alternative. This allows you to take possession of a brand new (or fairly new) tractor and pay a monthly fee. When the period of the lease comes to an end, you can either choose to pay a lump sum to take full ownership of the machine and the tractor becomes yours, or simply return it to the leasing company. Leasing has tax advantages and requires less outlay at one time. It gives you the option of taking on the use of a new tractor every few years, but leasing will cost more over time - and the tractor is never actually yours.
For short periods of time, tractors can be hired or rented. This arrangement would seem to make sense if you only require a tractor for a temporary period. However, if you need the use of a tractor for regular short periods of time, it might not be the most cost-effective option in the long run.
Which brings us to the option of buying a used tractor. Even with a model that is only a few years old, you will see a marked reduction in value when compared with the brand new models of tractors. A used tractor gives you a solid asset for a much more reasonable price.
Obviously, when buying a used tractor, you should check the condition of the machine carefully. The price being asked for second hand tractors for sale will be befitting of the tractor's condition but any repairs that may be necessary - at the time of purchase or at some point in the future - will often still be a lot cheaper than buying a new model.
An important thing to remember when looking at used tractors for sale is that tractors manufactured by all the leading brands are very much built to last and with longevity in mind. The vast majority of tractors will give you years - decades even - of good service. Older models will be lacking of the 'bells and whistles' and jaw dropping tech of the most modern machines, of course - but for reliability, durability and versatility used tractors for sale make excellent investments.