Written by Jonathan Reed, Editor
February 26, 2023
Compact tractors offer small-size strength
We had a friend whose father came from Germany decades ago and was easily the hardest worker in the community. “Arbeit ist alles,” he would say, meaning “work is everything” to him. And he meant it.
Designed to be both smarter and stronger than their forebears, today’s compact tractors ranging in horsepower from 25hp to 50hp have taken over many of the tasks on the farm, or at least made them easier.
Work is everything with these tractors, offering an unmatched range of attachments and implements for chores, great fuel economy, and all-day comfort. Check out these ten tractors to see which one belongs on your acreage.
The advanced styling of the YANMAR YT2 Series tractors is only the beginning. The 34.2 hp YT235 is built to help you be more efficient and productive every day. From easy-to-use controls to the advanced engineering under the hood, the innovation of the YT235 goes much deeper than stunning aesthetics. The YT235 is equipped with a hydrostatic transmission that gives you an unlimited choice of tractor speeds, with three speed ranges controlled by a left-hand shift lever. Dual pedals offer comfortable and precise transmission operation.
The popular CT2535 is the most economically priced tractor in the Bobcat compact tractor lineup that offers a heated and air-conditioned enclosed, factory-installed cab for year-round comfort and productivity. The compact tractor’s hydrostatic transmission allows you to maneuver easily around your acreage and you can do more with one machine using the Category 1 three-point hitch for a variety of implements and attachments. With 35 horsepower and standard four-wheel drive, the CT2535 packs a powerful punch, making it ideal for summer chores like mowing, hauling and digging, as well as clearing snow in the winter.
With unmatched versatility and durability, the Farmall compact 40C tractor is designed for comfort and ease of operation. A conveniently located loader joystick is integrated into the right-hand console. The enhanced control layout makes it easy to operate, even for novice users. Compatible with a full range of optional attachments and equipped with a turbocharged, 3-cylinder, 1.9-L engine, this 40 hp and up to 34 PTO horsepower tractor is heavyweight with the power and durability to be a go-to workhorse.
The John Deere 1025R Sub-Compact Tractor is suited for property owners who need the versatility of a utility tractor in a powerful, yet easy-to-maneuver compact model. The 1025R has a 23.9 hp, three-cylinder diesel engine, and hydrostatic transmission. For easy operation, four-wheel drive (4WD) and power steering are standard. Designed to increase efficiency, the 1025R can quickly switch out implements to accommodate different jobs. Additional features include the deluxe seat and suspension, tilt steering, and deluxe lighting kit.
Deere & Company
Equipped with a 44.9 hp turbo-charged diesel engine, the NS4710 meets the needs of value-conscious operators requiring power on the job. Designed for convenience and comfort, this machine features a 3-range HST or 12-by-12 synchronized shuttle, 2,493 pounds of lift capacity and tilt power-steering. Standard three-point with telescopic lower links, stabilizers and push-button four-wheel drive engagement enable operators to easily connect and power a wide variety of implements.
KIOTI Tractor Division
DAEDONG - USA, INC
In 2022, Kubota introduced its new “crossover” compact tractor line, bridging a gap between its B and L Series models. The LX Series offers three models including the affordable entry-level LX2610SU ROPS model and the well-equipped LX2610 and LX3310, both of which come with ROPS and cab model options. Designed with both residential and commercial operators in mind, the LX Series has the versatility to easily tackle rural residential tasks while providing the power and comfort to handle commercial applications as well. Stay tuned, as Kubota plans to introduce new models to the group, the LX20 Series, this spring.
Kubota Tractor Corporation
The Massey Ferguson 1840 M confidently handles a wide range of heavy-duty jobs. This model features a 1.83-liter, 3-cylinder Iseki diesel engine with 40 hp output. A torque reserve lets operators lug down without stalling for ample power in any situation. The machine comes standard with 540 rpm rear PTO and optional 2000 rpm mid-mount PTO to tackle any task. A base weight of 3,472 pounds and rear lift capacity of 2,535 pounds provide optimal stability in any conditions. Available with a number of comfort and efficiency enhancing features such as auto-throttle, shuttle-shift lever and on-demand four-wheel drive.
e25G - Compact Electric Tractor
The 25 hp category e25G is a versatile, 4WD tractor, great for hobby farms, golf courses, sport fields, equestrian centers and municipalities that can run up to 6 hours depending on the load. The battery can be charged in 8 hours from a 220VAC, 30-amp (12 hours w/ 120VAC, 15-amp). It accepts all Category 1N/1 540 PTO implements, has position and draft control, and one standard rear hydraulic remote. A 1300 lb. capacity front loader; turf & industrial tires; and backhoe are now available.
A versatile performer, Solis’ H24 model features a robust 24 hp 3 cylinder Tier 4 Mitsubishi diesel engine, advanced HST transmission, cruise control and a host of standard features like rear swing drawbar, front tow hook, heavy duty front loader with integrated joystick control, hydraulic rear hydraulic remotes, projector headlights, and a tool box. Built on a wide open-station platform, the All Day Comfort Seat keeps you working on the toughest jobs.
Solis International Tractors USA Corporation
Monarch Tractor, maker of the world’s first fully electric, driver optional smart tractor, helps farmers enhance existing operations, alleviate labor shortages, and maximize yields. Designed to provide a full-day runtime of 14+ hours, the Mk-V offers 40 hp continuously, and 70 peak horsepower powering an ag-standard hitch and hydraulics, including a 540 rpm PTO. With cutting-edge technology, global reach, and an experienced team, Monarch is delivering meaningful change for the future of farming. Monarch Tractor