In a perfect world, every part of a tractor would function properly and without failure. But here in the real world, you know that is almost never the case, unfortunately. Tractors are designed to work hard, but that work can lead to wear and tear that slows or even breaks your machine. So it helps to be prepared for when the day comes that you need to buy new or used parts for your equipment. By making note of which parts are most commonly replaced and what factors you need to consider before purchasing a part, the buying process becomes that much easier.
Common Tractor Parts for Replacement
There is no predicting what specific issue will put your tractor out of commission, but you can at least make sure you are prepared for whatever may come. The most common components that need to be replaced in tractors are the filters. The fuel filter, specifically, is susceptible to dirty fuel that can wreak havoc on the engine. Hydraulic filters have also been known to experience issues that render the entire hydraulic system unusable until the filter has been replaced.
Tractors also have a variety of different belts required for operation, many of which can loosen, crack, or split. Zerk fittings are small but they can be found all over your machine, where wear and tear can lead to much bigger issues throughout the equipment. As more agricultural equipment relies on electrical components, fuses have become a common replacement part. The good news is you can build up your own inventory of replacement parts.
What to Consider When Buying Tractor Parts
Buying tractor parts is much like any shopping experience. You’re going to be better off if you know what you are looking for, do your research, and explore your options. Knowing what factors to consider is half the battle of finding the parts to keep your tractors running smoothly.
When you are buying replacement tractor parts, remember what it is exactly that you need. Do you need parts for a repair? Are you upgrading your equipment? Are you purchasing an attachment? It is much easier to make a buying decision when you keep in mind the precise issue you are addressing. Keep the task at hand at the front of your thinking.
Few equipment owners need to be reminded that cost is a critical factor when buying tractor parts. Setting a budget is important so that you know what parts are in your budget, and buying a part that costs does not always mean buying a lower-quality part. Take the time to explore the market and find the most reasonable rate for the tractor part you need.
Always check the condition of a pre-owned part. If a part has been subject to extensive use prior to being placed on the market, you may be better off looking for a used part that has not been heavily used. Heavy usage may not affect whether a part works efficiently or effectively, but you are likely to reduce your chances of running into an issue with a lesser-used part.
Every brand is only as good as its reputation. When you are buying a tractor part, take into account the brand name of the manufacturer. Are they a well-known brand? If not, do your homework and ask around. To find a part you can depend on, you need a brand you can trust. Try to avoid buying a tractor part that has been manufactured by a brand you’re unfamiliar with.
If you’re planning ahead, you can order parts online through the TriGreen Equipment customer portal and keep them in storage in their boxes until the moment you need them.