The farm acquired a new used tractor this week. The tractor that we bought the first year we were here turned out to just be too small for our needs. Tom said the hay equipment is putting too much of a strain on it and it frequently overheats and breaks down.
When Tom was choosing a tractor, the conventional advice was to get one with one horsepower per acre. For example, if you have 25 acres, get a 25 horsepower tractor. He followed that advice, but I suppose it wasn't entirely accurate. What you are going to do with that horsepower seems to make a big difference.
Anyway, Tom finally decided that we had to add another tractor to our equipment shed. We kept the smaller Branson and got a bigger one, a used model from the dealer. This one is 65 horsepower and should be more than adequate.
It's pretty fancy and even has a cab with A/C and heater. If you ask me, tractors with A/C and heaters are for Pansy Farmers.
Here's Mark posing with the Pansy Farmer tractor.