Two-wheeled Tractors: Just Right for the Homestead

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Robert Plamondon’s newsletter is fun to read and packed with great information on raising poultry, gardening and farming. He’s recently purchased a two-wheeled (walk-behind) tractor. Here’s a little bit of what he has to say about it.

We've acquired a new toy, a BCS walk-behind tractor, with a rototiller and sickle-bar mower attachment. It basically looks like a big rototiller, but with a tiller that comes off and other attachments that go on. It has many spiffy features, including a hand lever that, when you squeeze it, throws it instantly into reverse, allowing you to back out of trouble just as easily as you plunged into it. The sickle-bar mower is my new favorite implement, since it allows me to mow an electric fenceline very easily, and without any risk of getting stuck.

If you don’t have the space to maneuver a full-sized tractor, or don’t have the budget to buy one, a walk-behind tractor might make sense. Do you have experience using two-wheeled garden tractors? How does it compare to using a four-wheeled tractor? Tell us about it in the comments section below.


Robert Plamondon is an expert in pastured poultry production. In addition to publishing books he’s written, he also republishes out-of-print books. Here's a sample of what he offers:

Fresh-Air Poultry Houses by Prince T. Woods, M.D.
Success With Baby Chicks by Robert Plamondon
The Dollar Hen by Milo M. Hastings
Feeding Poultry by G. F. Heuser