Tractor 101

Selecting and buying your new Mahindra Tractor should be easy and enjoyable. Our knowledgeable dealer network is there to provided some helpful advice to consider to increase your knowledge and comfort level when you begin the tractor buying process.

The Mahindra USA Tractor 101 section is a resource with tractor terminology and common questions (use links to the left) to help make buying your new Mahindra tractor as easy as possible.

Ask The Right Questions

Choosing the right tractor is an important decision - here are some helpful questions to ask yourself when you begin the process.

How many acres do you own?

Horsepower is critical. Buying the right tractor with the right amount of horsepower and features the first time can result in savings over the long run. Think about your needs so that you look at the tractor and equipment that can grow with you as your needs grow.

What type of property do you own?

Differing landscapes will require different tractor applications. Your our property may include vast pastures and lawns, large cultivated acres, long gravel or dirt driveways, or horses or livestock areas with tough to manage spaces. The work you require from your tractor will vary. Your Mahindra dealer will help you match the tractor to your property and its needs.

Can you operate the tractor?

Take into account the level of experience of you and the people operating the tractor will help you find the best transmission (gear drive, hydrostatic or shuttle), platform height and control configuration.

What kinds of jobs will you be performing?

Jobs such as mowing, moving hay, grading, landscaping, moving materials, etc., or any combination of these tasks will require different implements & attachments and horsepower.

Are you a weekend warrior or do you have more time to work with your tractor?

The amount of time you plan on spending on your Mahindra tractor combined with the tasks you need to do determine the right tractor and implement combination. For example, if you have a large number of acres and limited time on the weekends, you might need a tractor with higher horsepower that can pull a larger mower; compared to someone who has more time and can accomplish the same job, with a smaller tractor with a smaller mower.

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Your relationship with your Mahindra tractor dealer should be a key factor in your purchase, as you'll be working with him or her over a number of years. Make sure the dealer takes the time to help select the right tractor for you, and supports you after your purchase. Speak with the service manager to ensure that you are comfortable with their knowledge, parts availability and hours of operation.

Try it out - Schedule a test drive:

There's no better way to know if a tractor is right for you than to get behind the wheel and take a seat in a Mahindra tractor. The test drive should be the most important thing you'll do before making your final decision. Regardless of your level of experience operating a tractor, your dealer will give you all the help you need to become comfortable during the test drive, so that you can fully evaluate the performance.

While a surprising number of first-time owners buy a tractor without test-driving different models, the most satisfied owners don't skip this important step.

Tractorpedia TM

Browse some tractor terms and acronyms that you may not be familiar with:

3-Point Hitch: The 3-point hitch is used to attach rear-mounted attachments like mowers, blades, scrapers, posthole diggers, tillers and backhoes. It consists of two lift arms and one top link where pins attach the implements. Take a look at the Mahindra difference and the heavy-duty construction.

Backhoe: Used to dig holes, trenches, and ditches, the backhoe is made up of two arms and a bucket connected by hydraulic cylinders.

Box Blade: Used to move dirt and gravel, backfill or rip up compacted soil. The box blade uses two position, adjustable shanks to break up packed soil surfaces quickly for seedbed preparation or landscape maintenance.

Chassis: The framework that supports the tractor frame and guts including the engine, transmission, suspension, etc.

Drawbar: A bar on the rear of the tractor used for towing.

Horsepower (HP): The amount of energy it takes to lift 550 pounds one foot in one second.

Hydrostatic Transmission: A hydraulically-driven transmission that offers variable speeds with the use of a foot pedal.

Implement: Rugged, high performance work tools that can be added to the tractor to increase its job functions. These can include: loaders, backhoes, landscape tools, mowers, brooms, snow blowers and box blades.

Joystick: The joystick gives the operator complete control of front-mounted implements, such as the front end loader.

Loader: The front-end loader operates like a large shovel with the tractor’s power and weight behind it. A quick-attach design allows you to get your loader on and off quickly. The most common tool is the bucket, but other tools that work on the loader include bale spears, pallet forks, grapple fork, and weight box.

Post Hole Digger: Used to drill holes in the ground for fence posts or building piers, or to dig shallow holes for flowers, trees or shrubs.

Powertrain: The Powertrain transfers the power from the engine to the drive wheels and power take off (PTO). Main functions include selecting speed ratios, balancing the power to drive wheels for turning, and allowing the tractor to reverse.

PTO (Power Take Off): Used to provide power to an attachment, the PTO allows the attachment to draw energy from the tractor's engine.

Quick Hitch: The quick hitch attaches to the tractor 3-point hitch allowing the operator to easily hook onto implements, without leaving the tractor seat.

Rotary Cutter: Most commonly used to trim pastures, parks and water ways.

Stabilizers: Pads that lower to stabilize the tractor while the backhoe is in use.

Synchro-Shuttle: Allows for the shifting of gears on the move without the gears clashing.

Tiller: A rotary tiller is used to till soil in preparation for planting gardens and landscaping projects. The tiller has tines that mix their way through the soil to loosen and break it up.

TLB (Tractor, Loader, Backhoe): This package comes equipped with a tractor, loader and backhoe.

Transmission: A system of gears that determines the speed and direction of a tractor.

Zero Turning Radius: The ability for a tractor to turn on a dime; adding more maneuverability to the tractor.