By: Brian Lohse, Regional Aftermarket Manager, RDO Equipment Co.
Compact Utility Tractors (CUTs) are incredibly versatile. You can use them for landscaping and fence building projects. They can move snow and mow lawns. They are both gardeners and earth movers.
How is it possible that one machine can be so many things and accomplish so many tasks? One word: attachments.
When paired with the right attachment, a CUT goes from a machine to a productive workhorse. To best complement your new CUT and enable it to tackle any task, here are the top five attachments you should consider.
One of the biggest concerns customers have regarding attachments is adding the attachments. Specifically, the perceived difficulty of adding attachments can be intimidating to owners, especially new ones.
To address this concern, some manufacturers offer hitches that make it quicker and generally easier to change attachments. John Deere’s iMatch Quick-Hitch is an example of these easy-to-use hitches. The operator simply backs up, hydraulically-lifts the unit, and secures latches. Compatible with numerous types of attachments, this one is a must-have for all CUT owners.
Thanks to the versatility it provides, a front loader is one of the most popular CUT attachments. A loader can move dirt, haul rocks, even pick up and move heavy snow in the wintertime.
Loaders are also the base for several other attachments including pallet forks, buckets and snow pushers, making it one of the first that a new CUT owner should consider.
Nearly all tractor owners also own property and one of the biggest tasks on every property owner’s to-do list is mowing. Many CUTs are equipped to be lawn mowers with the addition of a mower deck.
A bonus of this type of attachment is some manufacturers have designed mower decks to be incredibly easy to attach. John Deere offers a drive-over mower deck – simply drive over it, listen for it to click to the PTO connection and it’s ready to go without the driver having to leave his or her seat.
Whether pairing a tractor with attachments at the front of the machine or the rear, those pieces add extra weight to the CUT – something that can throw off the tractor’s balanced design. Wheel weights will even out the change in load.
An added benefit of wheel weights is better traction and balance on uneven terrain.
These days, tractors don’t just work from sun-up to sun-down. Many CUT owners do a fair share of work before dawn or in the dark of the night, making lights an essential attachment for both productivity and safety.
Front and rear light kits are available for many types of CUTs and give operators a greater view of what’s happening around them.
These five basic attachments are a great starting point for all new CUTs. Your dealership will be able to show you additional attachments that will meet your unique future needs.
About The Author
Brian Lohse is the Regional Aftermarket Manager for the Midwest Ag region of RDO Equipment Co. Contact him at [email protected].
For more information on choosing the right compact tractor and attachments, or servicing your existing equipment, visit your local RDO Equipment Co. store.