Buying Agriculture and Forestry Equipment
TuffWerx is the place to come when shopping for agriculture and forestry equipment. Few people in the industry want to wait for an auction or pay high premiums to a dealer. TuffWerx makes it easy for sellers to upload condition reports, photos and specs and for buyers to shop a huge selection of top name brands like John Deere, Case IH, New Holland, Bobcat and Caterpillar.
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Benefits of Different Kinds of Agriculture and Forestry Equipment
Many of the equipment that is useful for agriculture is also important for forestry work, Tractors, for example, are used for both, though larger “Wheatland” or “standard” tractors are used for cultivating giant fields of one crop—like wheat—whereas forestry is more likely to use compact utility tractors. Generally the kind of tractor an operator wants depends on how he is going to use it. Tractors that adjust to row sizes are known as “row crop” tractors and are more likely to be used if a farmer is growing several different kinds of crops. “High crop” tractors have extra high clearance for tall crops.
The primary function of the tractors is to pull or push attachments like harrows, cultivators, plows, rotators, seeders and spreaders, rock rakes and stone pickers to clear rocks from fields. Crop harvesting equipment includes harvesters, reapers, scythes, sickles and balers.
Forestry workers might use a compact utility tractor or a skid steer loader which operates more easily in tighter spaces and can use a variety of implements, like a grader blade, post hole digger, rotary cutter or brush hog and tiller. Skid steer loaders can also be outfitted with tree shears, mulchers and wood chippers, stump grinders and fork grapple attachments that can move logs.
Both foresters and agriculture workers may require chainsaws and TuffWerx features top names like Husqvarna, Poulan, Solo, John Deere and Stihl. Both may also require bow saws, two-man saws, crosscut saws, and portable sawmills.
While wood chipper and mulching attachments are adequate for some applications, many foresters need something a little more heavy duty because of the sheer volume of wood they have to process. TuffWerx carries top brands that have the appetite to transform wood and brush into mulch for trails, landscaping and planting: Brush Bandit, Vermeer and Morbark.
Mowers and small tractors—like Exmark, Toro and Case–are often used, along with attachments such as brush hogs, in forestry and landscaping projects. Foresters and orchard owners also share a need for a bucket truck or Cherry Picker which lets worker travel quickly around a large area with a worker riding in the elevated bucket, tackling tree pruning, picking and other jobs. Some notable names in bucket trucks you can find on TuffWerx include Altec, Terex and Versalift.
Tips for Buying Agriculture and Forestry Equipment
- Buy the right-sized equipment for the job. If you’re going to be plowing and tilling big fields a “standard” tractor is a good idea. But if you’re going to be where you need a smaller piece of equipment, you’re probably more looking for a compact utility tractor or skid steer loader. Skid steer loaders, in particular, have a tight turning radius so consider those for areas of dense growth.
- Calculate what attachments you will need for the job you need done. Are there any attachments with multiple uses or will you have to buy separate one for each task?
- Always check the load capability or power of whatever tool you buy. Make sure the task you plan to do matches the manufacturer’s suggested uses for that tool and you’re not buying something too small or weak to get the job done.