Do You Need a Tractor Mower? Read This Before You Purchase One

how big of a tractor mower do you need?

If you own acreage, eventually this question about purchasing a tractor mower will arise.  Do you need one? Would you be better off owning one, or choosing an alternative solution to your mowing problems?

We are Keith’s Tractor Mowing, serving the Greater Fort Worth area with outstanding acreage mowing. Call us when the job is too large for you to handle, and it requires the work of a professional.

The pros of owning a tractor mower.

Without a doubt it is handy owning a tractor mower, especially if you have a ranch or farm.  A tractor mower can mow up to fifteen acres in an hour when operated by a skilled professional, and that level of operation can make short work of a fairly large ranch or farm.

Another factor to consider is the tax implications. If you are a “for profit” ranch or farm, purchasing a tractor mower will be a nice tax deduction, and the depreciation will continue to benefit you for years to come.

The cons of owning a tractor mower.

All is not roses, however, when purchasing a tractor mower. The cost of upkeep and maintenance can be considerable.  Heck, just the cost of purchasing one can set you back thousands upon thousands of dollars.  And then there is a very steep learning curve to consider when we are talking about the proper operation of big machinery.  Damage can be done, and injuries can occur, when operating a tractor mower without proper training.

Do you or don’t you need one? You have another option.

The question really comes down to this: do you really need a tractor mower? If you are only mowing pasture twice each year, it really becomes a matter of cost effectiveness.  Is it cost effective to spend $70,000 on a tractor mower just to mow your acreage twice each year?  Or are you better off hiring commercial mowing services to do the job for you?

The dollars and cents of this argument are clear. Hiring a professional grass cutters service might cost you a couple hundred dollars per mow, but over the course of the year the total cost may only be $500; let’s say worst case scenario, $1000.  It would take a whole lot of hiring out to reach the cost of actually purchasing a tractor mower, and hiring out will not cost you in maintenance and upkeep costs.

We simply cannot make this decision for you; our best advice is to sit down and have a heart-to-heart talk with yourself about this big decision.  If you are going to use that tractor mower more than a couple times each year; if it is going to be a consistent contributor to the ranch or farm work; if those things are true, purchasing one will probably be your best move. If, however, that tractor mower is going to sit in the barn most months, collecting cobwebs, then hiring out for your mowing job will save you money you can spend on something you actually need.

A final word about Keith’s Tractor Mowing.

Keith’s Tractor Mowing is a trusted name in the Fort Worth area.  Lot mowing, cemetery mowing, pipeline mowing, farm and ranch mowing, we handle anything over one acre in size, and we do the job right each and every time.  Call us and ask us about our $1,000,000 general liability insurance policy, which protects you from all mishaps.