A Yanmar tractor is a highly capable workhorse.
How will it make your life easier?
Yanmar smaller loader tractors are perfect for moving bucket loads of rock, sand, or dirt around your property.
If you are expecting to dig a pond --- rent an excavator. Front loader tractors are not designed to dig. They are simply designed to scoop and move.
2WD LOADER WORK Adding a loader to a 2wd tractor is not typically the way to go.
That said --- it will work better than a wheelbarrow and a shovel, but it will have some serious limitations. When you try to scoop up a load, you are pivoting on the front tire and unloading the weight off the rear tire. The rear tire now has little if any traction. Since the front tire does not have any power on a 2wd tractor, you are pretty much stuck until you release the pressure on the loader bucket.
You can counter this a bit by adding weights to the rear tires, attaching a weight to the three-point hitch, or by leaving your mower hooked up. These are good workarounds, but a 2wd tractor will never be as productive as a 4wd.
We recommend spending a little bit more money to upgrade to a 4wd tractor if you are going to be doing a lot of loader work.
LEVELING A LAWN
Yanmar tractors are the perfect choice for leveling a lawn.
Just put a box blade on the back with ripper shanks. The rippers will break up the ground. The box blade will level it out.
Of course, the ground will need to be relatively soft. You will be making hundreds of circles around your lawn to get it smooth and level.
Box blades typically weigh a couple hundred pounds. Therefore, there is not a lot of down-force. You can add weights to the box blade to help it cut into the ground better.
LEVELING A DRIVEWAY
Compact tractors work well for leveling a driveway.
You can use the front loader to easily spread out a pile of loose gravel. Loose gravel and rocks seem to work reasonably well. Packed in gravel or rocks will not work well at all.
You will not be able to just dump a big pile of gravel in the driveway, ram the pile, and push it down the driveway. It will not work. You will be scooping up smaller buckets of gravel and spreading them out one bucket at a time.
Then, you would back drag the gravel with the loader bucket or drag it out with a rear box blade or utility blade to smooth it out. The problem here is the weight of the blade. The blade will tend to just roll along the top of the road instead of cutting into the gravel and dragging it along. It will likely take many passes. Adding weight to the blade should help.
TILLING The ultra-low range gears make Yanmar tractors perfect for tilling.
Use a tiller just wide enough to cover your rear wheel tracks.
You will need to experiment with different gear ranges, PTO speeds, and tilling depths to get the best results.
MOWING Rear-mounted mowers work well on these tractors.
Get a rough-cut mower with a big single blade to mow fields, road banks, or other areas where you are likely to hit rocks or stumps.
The big blade takes abuse better than a finish mower. Finish mowers have 3-5 smaller blades that spin faster. They are better suited for lawns.
One of the challenges with rear-mounted mowers is the turning radius. If you are not used to turning, you can take out trees, mailboxes, and cars.
Install proper safety equipment. This includes a certified ROPS (Rollover Protection System).
Always wear your seatbelt, as adding a loader increases the risk of rolling over.
If you need any further help or have any questions about Yanmar tractors, or anything else, please contact your dealer, local mechanic, or call us at 602-734-9944. Please ask about our current new and used tractor supply.
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