How to Choose the Right Landscaping Tractor

X380, X584, X739 Tractors are displaying on a green lawn

posted on Friday, March 8, 2024 in News

How to Choose the Right Landscaping Tractor

You step outside to look around and it’s clear that it’s time to get to work.  Your outdoor space needs some attention - mowing, cleaning and clearing, planting and maybe more. These tasks are all on the to-do list, but with the right equipment, it’ll be no problem. Using a landscaping tractor is clearly the solid choice for this work, but how do you know if you have the right one? There are several models that vary in size, power, and capability. In most cases, the tractor you need will depend on the size of the land area you’re working as well as the type of work you’re doing, the intensity of your work, where you plan to house your tractor, and your budget. With so much to consider, more information can provide some context for your decision as well. Let’s take a closer look at landscaping tractors to help you think it through.

Landscaping Tractor Uses

Managing and maintaining a yard can require quite a bit of effort, depending on what needs to be done or the desired outcome. While there are still several tasks that can be completed by hand and some people even prefer to work that way, it’s often the case that having tools, supplies, and machinery offers maximum benefit in work output, while reducing the time needed to finish. A landscaping tractor is a utility tractor, usually capable of accommodating several types of attachments, that can be used to tidy up a yard or assist in the active design process to create the outdoor space of your dreams. Landscaping tractors are used to:

  • Mow
  • Clear brush and debris
  • Dig or clear dirt for garden beds
  • Level and grade land to erect new structures
  • Support demolition of unwanted structures
  • Lift and transport earthen or construction materials
  • Install fencing
  • Install irrigation
  • Arrange rocks and stones
  • Lay gravel or other materials
  • Plant and much more

In other words, with the right attachments, landscaping tractors are equipped for almost any outdoor task you need to accomplish. 

Choosing the Right Tractor Size

After considering all the tasks that a landscape tractor can handle, the question shifts more from capabilities to which tractor you need for your unique tasks. In essence, all landscaping tractors are utility tractors used specifically for landscaping project work and most of those tractors, regardless of size, can theoretically perform the same or similar types of basic functions. In other words, a compact tractor can be used for landscaping just as a mid-size or larger tractor could. Of course, all tractors aren’t used for the same exact type of work—that’s usually determined by a tractor’s size and subsequent power. John Deere produces utility tractors that can be used for landscaping ranging from Series 1 models to Series 9 models, which are classified by size in ascending order. So, a Series 1 tractor represents a selection from the class with the smaller models whereas a Series 9 tractor is part of the group offering the largest models. The following are suggestions for choosing a tractor with consideration to the size of your tract of land:

  • John Deere 1 Series (21.5 hp – 23.9 hp) - up to 5 acres
  • John Deere 2 Series (24.3 hp – 36.7 hp) - 5 acres to 10 acres
  • John Deere 3 Series (24.7 hp – 45.3 hp) - 5 acres to 10 acres
  • John Deere 4 Series (43.1 hp – 75 hp) - 10 acres to 20 acres
  • John Deere 5 Series (50 hp – 130 hp) - 20 acres to 40 acres
  • John Deere 5 (5075E, 75hp) and 6 Series (105 hp+) - 40 acres+

There may be some slight overlap regarding which series and models can be used based on land size. Regardless of the model you choose, you’ll want to ensure that the horsepower rating for your chosen tractor is equal to your needs. Because different models can still meet your power needs across series ranges, it’s likely that you’ll still have several options so the decision could come down to affordability and whether you have the necessary storage for the tractor size you select. Specific features, capabilities, and attachment options could potentially influence your decision as well. Take the time you need to compare models and don’t hesitate to reach out to a Tri County Equipment store specialist for additional support.

Landscape Rakes for Tractors

When it comes to landscape tractors, one of the most popular attachments for completing work is the landscape rake, which you may find that you need as well. Landscape rakes are large with curved tine ends and are connected to your tractor by a hitch. Just like a manual rake, the tractor is used to guide the raking attachment over a prescribed path to clear trash, debris, dead foliage, twigs, small branches, and brush. They may also be used to level and grade, clear stones, or break up compacted soil to prepare for planting. If you’re interested in a landscape rake for your tractor, Tri County Equipment is happy to provide you options to meet your needs.

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