Guide to the Foton Range of Compact Tractors

Foton Lovol Heavy Industries is one of the fastest growing brands in China. In fact, the World Brand Lab ratings put it in the top 500 most valuable brands in the country. What does this mean to you as a property owner?

Spicing Up the Farm Appliance Sector

This is a company that has entered the market lately with a magnificent series of tractors ranging from the 28 HP (25 series), 45 HP (40 series) and 55 HP (50 series) Compact Tractors. If you have been following the market trends, you will concur that it was time another manufacturer came in to spice up the competition.

While Chinese imports have for a long time been discredited, Foton tractors are changing the perception with their cutting edge technology and ergonomically designed appliances to suit any type of farm use from mowing, gardening to digging.

Comparing Foton Tractors

To make a wise choice when selecting the series offered by the company, you need to compare the major features. Here is a simple guide:

Shuttle transmission: The Foton 25 and 40 tractor series comes with 8 forward and 8 reverse range of high and low gears for multiple working environments. The 55 HP (50 series) on the other hand ups the game by offering 16 forward and 8 reverse gear choices.

Wheel drive: The Foton 25 has a 2WD and 4WD drive option while the 45 HP (40 series) and 55 HP (50 series) come only in 4 wheel drive mode. The drive modes can be selected using a simple lever.

Twin speed PTO: All these tractor series have a twin speed PTO which allows you to operate at either 540rpm or 1000rpm. This enables you to handle any type of farm work using any implement available.

Steering: The three Foton compact tractors have power steering capability to handle hydraulic pumps and make driving and operating the machine easy. Working with heavy loads is as easy as working without any loads on the bucket, for instance.

Hydraulic spool outlets: 28 HP (25 series) model comes with 5 hydraulic spool outlets, while the 45 HP (40 series) and 55 HP (50 series) have 4 spool outlets. The multiple outlets allow for fitting forward and rear implements and attachments of your choice.

Engine performance variations: The 40 series has an engine gross power of 45hp, while the 25 series comes in at 28hp. The 55 HP (50 series) gives you 55 hp engine power. The rated speed of the 28 HP (25 series) is slightly lower at 2350 rpm compared to the other two models which post 2400 rpm rated speed.

cab optionsCabin comfort: The 55 HP (50 series) wins hands down when it comes to comfort with its deluxe cabin featuring window wipers, flat floor design, cabin heater, side located gear levers and sprung seat.

Displacement: This is a factor of performance, and the 25 series posts the lowest at 1694cc, followed by the 40 series, while the Foton 55 HP (50 series) posts the highest displacement count at 3168cc.

The Foton compact tractor range is primed for different needs for farmers. Whether you want a lawn tractor or you have some heavy lifting to do, there is a Foton appliance to suit your needs.

Buying Your Compact Tractor like an Experienced Hand

If you have ever been to a farm appliance fair, you must have wondered how on earth one can choose from among such flair of machinery. Like any other shopper, you must have thought how frustrating it is to get stuck due to the multiplicity of products rather than lack of the same.

Lost for Choice

Truth be told, shopping for compact tractors is getting trickier by the day as more manufacturers wade into the hitherto dormant market. In order to get it right, there are some simple steps you can follow and you will end up with the most efficient tractor in the market.

Buying Right

You might attend hundreds of shows hoping to get the perfect machinery, but this process can be made easier by just going online and sampling the brands available in the compact tractor category. Here are some simple steps you can exploit to get your workhorse:

  • Seek referrals: If you live in the countryside, there is no need to shop blindly when your neighbours possess invaluable knowledge on this type of machinery. As such, visit them and learn about operations of these tractors, models they use, and if need be, get a feel of their tractors by driving them.
  • Go online: Shopping in the modern world is not complete without visiting online stores. Here you will learn more about these tractors while also reviewing popular models in various categories. It is also a chance to compare tens of brands in terms of prices and dealer bargains available.
  • Review your needs: If you shop without a yardstick, there is no way your tractor is going to serve you well. As such, list some bare minimums including horse power, appliance capability, comfort features, size of the tractors, transmission mode, price range and fuel type. This will make choosing the ideal tractor even easier.
  • Visit farm appliance shows: Traditional shopping methods are still important because you can get firsthand experience of tractors and also glean invaluable information from company representatives. This is an opportunity to ask any question under the sun regarding these tractors.
  • Identify a reputable dealer: If you have identified the model you want, you must now look for a reliable dealer to supply the machinery. This must be an established dealer with capability to service and supply any parts that may be required in future. In short, make sure your dealer offers excellent customer support and a comprehensive range of services to boot.

Once you visit the dealer, make sure you ask more questions regarding features you want in the tractor and other pertinent issues. More importantly, ensure you test drive the tractor to test some key features include hydraulics, folding ROBS, the PTO system and other automatic functions.  Once you like a given tractor you can now try to get the best price for it. Here your negotiation skills will come in handy.

With a new tractor you are now ready to make your lawn look pristine. However, remember getting a good tractor starts with patience and dedicated research.

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