Choosing Between Petrol and Diesel Compact Tractors

compact_tractorWhen it comes to buying a car, you have carte blanche when it comes to what kind of fuel you want to use. The choice often depends on the type of car, cost of fuelling and environmental considerations. However, when it comes to compact tractors, you can go with either petrol or diesel as your fuel of choice.

And diesel is king

Diesel is the superior option for compact tractors over petrol for several reasons:

1. Diesel engines cause less trouble

Diesel engines are generally more robust because they have fewer moving parts that would typically cause trouble in a petrol engine. Since there are no carburettors rotors, spark plugs and distributor caps, which are the general problem-causers in petrol engines, you will have fewer problems with a diesel engine. Further, diesel engines can stay idle for long and still start up without much trouble.

2. Diesel engines are water cooled

This feature is limited to diesel engines and it enables the engine to run at more consistent and cooler temperatures. This means that the engine will run for countless hours without any trouble and generally, the life of the engine will see extension.

3. Diesel engines provide more torque

Farming is about torque rather than horsepower. The petrol engines can be faster at the start but they still cannot match the power and torque that the diesel engines are able to produce consistently.

4. Diesel engines use more attachments

Most petrol engine compact tractors come with a belly lawn mower but do not usually have a three point hitch. This means that with a petrol engine tractor, you will have less capacity in terms of attaching implements. The three point hitch, on the other hand, allows for more attachments, which means that you can do more jobs and have greater expandability of the tractor.

The choice is yours

When it comes to purchasing a compact utility tractor, you are certainly looking for convenience and efficiency in carrying out your farming activities or any other activities you might like. These are primarily available depending on the kind of engine that you choose for your compact tractor.

The engine will decide the amount of power that is available to you. This will then determine the kind of implements you can you. Therefore, if you are simply doing some small-duty lawn mowing, a petrol engine can provide the amount of power you need. However, if you will be doing anything more that mowing the lawn, for instance, some gardening, hauling and a little construction work, then you will need something more powerful: a diesel engine compact utility tractor.

It also helps that diesel is generally cheaper than petrol which means you can get all your heavy lifting done at relatively affordable rates.

Nothing’s perfect

There is always a drawback even with the best products and the same applies with diesel engines. The liquid-cooled diesel engines are more expensive than petrol engines, and for good reason considering the benefits. Further, diesel engines have higher environmental emissions than petrol engines although modern diesels have lower emissions than the older diesels.

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