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November 23, 2021

What Is the Cheapest Tractor You Can Buy?

Have you been Googling questions like “What is the cheapest tractor you can buy?” Don’t worry, we’ve got all the answers for you. In general, cheap used tractors for sale will be a small, used tractor with minimal attachments. When trying to save money on your tractor purchase, instead of investigating the cheapest tractor brand or trying to find the most inexpensive option, try focusing on the size and features that will help you get the most bang for your buck.

Used tractors for sale can cost anywhere from $1,500 for the smallest under 40 hp tractors to $100,000+ for an agricultural tractor with 100-174 hp. For current market prices, you can search our general categories to look at a wide range of listings by horsepower: 

What Size Tractor Do I Need for 2 Acres?

For two acres, you’ll probably get everything you need done with a small garden tractor with 14-16 horsepower. This will allow you to mow, till, fertilize, haul, and more.

What Size Tractor Do I Need for 10 Acres?

For 10 acres, you’ll want a subcompact tractor with between 25-35 horsepower. This will give you all the capabilities you need to manage your land. 

How Much Does a Used Tractor Cost?

Used tractor prices depend on the size and condition of the tractor, as well as current market prices. Here are a few general ranges to give you an idea of used tractor costs: 

  • Under 40 Horsepower
At Machinery Pete, we have a wide range of used tractors under 40 horsepower (hp). You can sort by price or use our other filtering options to find the best fit for you. In this category, you’ll find small lawn and garden tractors from $1,500 up to 40 hp, with newer models around $30,000. 

  • 40-99 Horsepower
Looking for cheap used tractors in the 40-99 hp range? We’ve got you covered. From fixer-uppers as low as $3,000 up all the way up to tractors that cost $70,000+, there’s plenty of options in this category that will meet your needs. 

  • 100-174 Horsepower
If you’re searching for a larger, more powerful tractor, the 100-174 hp range is a great place to look. At Machinery Pete, you’ll find tractors ranging from $7,000 to over $100,000 depending on the age, condition, and horsepower of the specific model.

  • 175+ Horsepower
The 175+ hp category is where you’ll find the biggest and most expensive tractors. While some of the fixer-uppers can be as low as $9,000, these powerful machines can cost up to $400,000+. 

What Is a Good Price for a Tractor?

Determining a good price for a tractor is complicated. The value of a used tractor depends on a variety of factors, like the make and model, condition, hours of operation, and more. When trying to figure out if a tractor is a good deal, here are some questions to ask: 

  • What is the year, make, and model of the tractor? Brand loyalty is a big factor for some people, while others aren’t as particular. Some makes and models tend to be more expensive than others.
  • What horsepower (hp) is the tractor? Higher horsepower usually means the tractor will be more expensive. However, if you need a high horsepower to get the job done, then that price tag may be worth it. 
  • How many hours has the tractor been used? Low hours are more desirable than high since the tractor won’t have as much wear and tear and still has a lot of life left in it. 
  • Does it come with the accessories you want? If the tractor doesn’t include the accessories you’re looking for, you may have to spend extra money after.
  • Are there safety features, like a roll bar, seat belt, or safety switch? Tractors that were manufactured pre-1960 may not have these types of safety features, so that is an important consideration when looking at older tractors. If these features are present, it’s important to examine them to make sure they are intact and in good working condition. 
  • What features are on the tractor? If the tractor has features like four-wheel drive or a closed cab, that may make it more expensive.

Keep these questions in mind when looking for a new-to-you tractor so that your money can go as far as possible. Spending money on a cheap tractor may backfire if you have to fix parts or add a hitch or replace tires. These questions may help you determine whether or not it’s worth investing in a slightly more expensive tractor instead of going for the cheapest possible option.

Find the Right Fit at

Whether you’re looking for a cheap, used tractor to fix up or a low-hour fairly new top-of-the-line machine, Machinery Pete has the options you’re looking for. Founded in 1989 by Greg Peterson, Machinery Pete is a trusted name in farm equipment throughout the country and is your source for used tractors and farm equipment. Check out our inventory to find your perfect used tractor.