Synopses & Reviews
Anyone looking to buy a piece of compact power equipment is faced with a bewildering array of choicesmore than 80 brands of compact tractors offered in North America, not to mention the profusion of models within those brands. Written by an unbiased expert for residential and small-farm owners, contractors, and professionals who work with compact tractors, this book makes sense of these choices with clear, objective evaluations of the price, power, parts, and performance of particular machines. To save the buyer and user money, time, and trouble, this fully illustrated guide addresses such considerations as defining job requirements; identifying necessary attachments; matching todays compact equipment to the job; objectively measuring performance; assessing operating costs before purchase; fun and safety aspects of ownership and operations; and knowing when its better to lease, rent, or contract out the job. In addition, the author includes a useful reference and glossary section.
About the Author
Dr. Graeme Quick recently completed a seven-year term as Leader, Power & Machinery Engineering Section and Adjunct Professor, Agricultural & Biosystems Engineering Department, Iowa State University. He is currently a consulting engineer based in Queensland, Australia.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 What is a Compact Tractor?
Chapter 2 Selecting a Compact Tractor
Chapter 3 Power and Engines: How Much Power is Enough?
Chapter 4 Transmitting Power
Chapter 5 Mowing Tractors and Tractor Mowers
Chapter 6 The Wider Perspective: Compact Self-Propelled Mobile Machines
Chapter 7 Compact Tractor Attachments—Matching Tractor to the Job
Chapter 8 Tractor and System Performance
Chapter 9 Compact Tractor and Equipment Safety
Chapter 10 Calculating Owning and Operating Costs
Chapter 11 Alternatives to Buying, Economic Performance, and Protecting Your Investment
Chapter 12 Conclusions