These compact tractors can mow the lawn, till the garden, blow snow, grade the driveway, haul hay, dig a pond, drill postholes and generally make rural life easier.
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This Farmtrac sports the classic look and feel of a Ford Tractor that will appeal to people who grew up using their grandfather’s tractor.
This Kubota is equipped with a bale spear and box blade. The spear makes moving bales easy, and the rear-mounted box blade allows you to smooth over bumps and ruts on unpaved roads.
A belly-mounted finish mower makes lawn mowing fast and easy. Some tractors, such as this New Holland, features articulated front axles for steering in tight spots.
Used on a sufficiently powerful tractor, such as this Massey Ferguson, a backhoe is ideal for excavation projects.
Front-end loaders are useful for any number of homestead chores, not the least of which is transporting dirt as performed by this Montana.
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This John Deere rear rotary tiller is ideal for market gardeners who cultivate large plots of land.