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Buyer’s Guide | What Size of Tractor Do I Need?

When it comes to acreage land management, projects seem never-ending and can be scary to tackle. Compact tractors are a great option to help make the toughest jobs easy, but how do you know what kind is right for you? We’ve put together some expert tips, questions, and specs to consider when shopping for your next workhorse!


The first step in determining what size of tractor best matches your land is to think about your property size. When doing this, remember to also consider the type of terrain you’ll be working with. If your area is very hilly, consider a tractor that has a wider wheelbase and is more stable. Densely wooded areas may require a smaller frame for easier maneuvering. Compact tractors are extremely versatile – which is what makes them so popular! – and you may find yourself tackling more projects than you had originally planned. It’s always better to size up a bit, so you don’t find yourself short on power and capacity in the middle of a task.

How much area will I need to maintain?

1 – 4 Acres:

John Deere 1 Series

5 – 10 Acres:

John Deere 2 Series

10 – 20 Acres:

John Deere 3 Series


You’ll probably find yourself starting new projects that you never dreamed of after purchasing your compact tractor. But before you shop, try making a list of the tasks you know are priorities. This helps determine a couple of things. First, you’ll know what kinds of attachments you may need in addition to the tractor. Second, you can double-check the dimensions of the machine to make sure it will fit if space is limited.

What kinds of environments will I be using the tractor in?

Indoor Projects

Check the overall width, width with attachments, height, and turning radius.

Extreme Cold or Heat

Ask your Van Wall Sales Professional if the model you’re researching has a cab option.

Mud, Snow, or Slippery Ground

Four-wheel drive is a great option if you will be working in mud or snow, or need more traction.


As popular as compact tractors are, the attachments are even more so. Projects can require everything from a loader to a backhoe to a rotary mower, and it’s important to make sure your tractor is equipped correctly. Refer back to your task list to start matching attachments to the job, then talk with your Van Wall Sales Professional to check the compatibility. It’s also important to check the hydraulic capacity of the compact tractor, as this can limit how many attachments are able to be used at once.

What projects do I need to complete?

Basic Lawn Mowing

A regular finish mower deck is ideal for lawn mowing. The John Deere 1 Series is compatible with drive-over decks up to 60 inches in width. Plus, they can be attached or removed in less than 5 minutes.

Rough or Pasture Mowing

When it comes to cutting brush and thick grass, Frontier Rotary Cutters have an edge that can’t be beat. They connect easily, have adjustable cut height, and come in multiple width options for any size property.

Gravel Maintenance

Leveling gravel can be a time-consuming task. Frontier Box Blades are available from 48 inches to 97.5 inches in width, making it easy to level and touch up driveways, walkways, and paths.

Material Handling

Loaders are one of the most versatile (and popular!) attachments available for compact tractors. From pushing dirt to moving mulch, they make quick work out of any heavy-lifting task.

Garden Tilling

Whether touching up last year’s garden bed or starting fresh, Frontier Rotary Tillers are simple to attach, simple to operate, and simply effective. Choose from standard, medium, or heavy duty for your project.

Digging & Trenching

Backhoes are a great tool for moving large piles of brush, lifting logs or other heavy items, and digging trenches. Once installed, they can be removed in less than 5 minutes with no tools for storage. 

Keep in mind that these are only some of the attachments available for compact tractor projects. Ask your Van Wall Sales Professional for more options to fit your property.

At the end of the day, property maintenance doesn’t have to be a chore. With the right compact tractor and the right attachments, any project can be fun. Start shopping our compact tractor lineup here, or visit your nearest Van Wall Equipment location to learn more!

One comment

  1. I like what you said about how leveling gravel can be very time-consuming. I need to get a new tractor with a bucket. I’ll have to get something with a thick steel plate.

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