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Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Best Small Tractor Implements for John Deere Tractors

Figuring out which implements are most useful largely depends on the type of tasks you’re trying to accomplish. If your tasks include clearing land, the implements that would be most beneficial to you may be different than the ones someone else would need to put in a fence row. Below are some of the implements we think are the most universally useful. 1. Loader Loaders are one of the most popular implements for tractors of all sizes. Their popularity comes largely from their extreme versatility. There are numerous attachments you can use them with such as bucket... Read More
Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Feature Highlight: What is the iMatch Quick Hitch

Perhaps one of the most frustrating parts of hooking up implements is perfectly aligning the three-point hitch. Sometimes when you back up to the implement, you are perfectly aligned on the first try, other times it might take 10 minutes before you're lined up close enough to hook it up. John Deere designed an attachment to make this process quick and easy, the iMatch Quick Hitch. How iMatch Quick Hitches Are Designed John Deere’s iMatch Quick Hitches are built to fit all Category 1 implements that meet the ASAE Category 1 Standard S278.6 for quick-attach hitches. Impleme... Read More
Monday, August 30, 2021

Preparing your yard for Fall

As we move closer to fall, here are 5 tips to help keep your lawn looking great.   Cut your grass to mid-length. The best fall height for grass blades is around two and a half to three inches. Maintaining this length will help prevent frozen roots that would lead to dead grass. Longer grass is also more susceptible to disease, mold growth and matting. Ensure your grass is long enough it can absorb the sun when spring comes around for solid growth next year.  Water your grass. Through the dry weather of fall, lawns should still be receiving at least an inch of water each week... Read More
Tuesday, August 3, 2021

Lawn Mower Packages

Why Buy a Lawn Mower Package? Buying a lawn mower package is a great way to get everything you need at one time, for the lowest price. Maybe you have a type of mower in mind, or maybe you just know that it's time for an upgrade. Either way, you might as well take advantage of a good deal. At Heritage Tractor, we carry several different lawn mower packafes that are made up of our most popular mower combinations. With both lawn tractor and zero=turn units available, you can pick out which mower is best suited to your yard. Our combinations include attachments like MulchControl kit... Read More
Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Yard Tips to beat the summer heat

While it’s great for pool parties and ice cream, the summer heat is hard on your backyard. Here are 5 helpful tips when it comes to protecting your plants and keeping your lawn looking its best during the summer. Focus on your trees – They keep everything else in your yard shaded. If they are struggling, drill a few holes around the base of the tree about 30 inches deep and fill them with compost. Use a 1-inch spade drill bit for the best results. This will allow water to travel deep into the ground where the roots are so you can be assured that your valuable trees are getting... Read More
Thursday, June 3, 2021

Compare Small Tractors: John Deere 1 Series vs Kubota BX

So, you've narrowed it down to the John Deere 1 Series and the Kubota BX compact tractors. We get hte hesitation--investing in equipment can be a big decision. You deserve to have the power you need and the features you want, all at a price your budget can afford. That's why we're here to help you make sense of it all. With similar dimensions, horsepower ranges, and operator stations configurations, the John Deere 1 Series and the Kubota BX tractors run in the same class. But how do they differ? Kubota BX Tractors John Deere 1 Series Stability Kubot... Read More
Thursday, May 27, 2021

Compare Small Tractors: John Deere 1 Series vs Mahindra eMax

Having options is important when it comes to making the best possible choice. Quality, available features, reliability, and performance are just a few of the characteristics we know that matter when it comes to buying a tractor. To save you a step, we took an in-depth look at the John Deere 1 Series and the Mahindra eMax series. At face value, they look pretty similar--both have a diesel engine, 4WD, power steering, and hydrostatic transmission. But what stood out? When you get to work, you'll truly notice the difference btween these two small tractors. Let's see how... Read More
Friday, May 21, 2021

John Deere Sub Compact Tractors: What's the Difference?

Sub-compact tractors are a great solution for homeowners and gardeners looking for power. Cheaper than compact tractors yet powerful enough for jobs found around your land, our John Deere 1 Series tractors are equipped to handle anything from mowing and tilling to hauling and digging. Because of their low price and high capabilities, these small tractors have grown increasingly popular among our customers. The John Deere 1 Series is made up of the 1023E and 1025R tractors, but how do you know which is right for you? John Deere 1023E 23.5 hp Learn More About the 1023E Tractor ... Read More
Thursday, April 29, 2021

Which compact tractor do you need?

A guide for first time buyers. Deciding which compact tractor is best for your needs can be a difficult decision. There are many questions: What size compact tractor do I need? What tractor attachments are best? How much will a small tractor cost? We’re here to help you answer all those questions and more. This 3-step buyer’s guide will walk you through a few key decision points to help make buying a tractor much easier. After reading through this, you should have a better idea of which tractor is right for you, but if not, our sales experts are happy to help you find the perfect... Read More
Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Buyers Guide for Tractors in Missouri

Deciding on a tractor to buy can be difficult and even a bit stressful at times, but it doesn't have to be. We want buying a tractor to be an easy and exciting experience, which is why we created this Buyer's Guide to help you through each step of the decision making process. If you are in Missouri and looking to buy a tractor, following this guide means no more worrying about whether or not you are making the right tractor purchase. Heritage Tractor's John Deere Tractors Step One; Why do you need a tractor? Knowing why you need a tractor is a big part of figuring out what t... Read More
Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Finance your Tractor with John Deere Financial

Lining out financing for your equipment, whether it be farming, construction, or lawn and garden, can be stressful and overwhelming- but it doesn't have to be. At Heritage Tractor, we have financial experts that are eager to help you get financing that fits your needs. Financing your equipment with John Deere Financial means you not only have a team of equipment experts making sure you have the equipment you need, but you also have a team of financial professionals to create a personalized financial solution tailored to your needs. How To Get Started #1 Decide Wha... Read More
Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Spring Mower Maintenance

Why won't my mower start? Before the first mow of the season, here are a few things you should check. These are the most common reasons why your lawn mower won’t start: Engines Just like your car, equipment requires regular oil, oil filter and fuel filter changes if you want your engine to last. While manufacturer recommendations vary, most advocate changing the oil at regular service intervals or at least annually. A Home Maintenance Kit from John Deere has all of these in necessities in one convenient box. If you prefer not to do your own maintenance, your local Heritage Tractor s... Read More
Tuesday, December 22, 2020

FAQ: John Deere Compact Utility Tractor Engines & Drivetrains

Understanding tractor engines and drivetrains can be very difficult and confusing even to people who have been running equipment their whole lives, so if you feel lost when you see these words as you are researching tractors, know you aren’t alone. We have created this FAQ page to help you have a better understanding of these terms and what they mean in practice. Does John Deere Make the Engines in Compact Utility Tractors? The engines in John Deere Compact Utility Tractors are actually made by Yanmar. John Deere’s agreement with Yanmar dates back to the 1970s. T... Read More
Tuesday, December 22, 2020

Best Tractor Implements for DIY Projects

We all love the feeling we get after completing a project from start to finish. There is something so rewarding about looking at a project and knowing you were the one to make it all come together. At Heritage Tractor, we encourage you to tackle those “Do It Yourself” projects you’ve been thinking about. Turning those ideas into realities can be easier than ever with our tractor implements. While all our implements are great for speeding up your DIY projects, we have a few favorites for you. Top 5 Tractor Implements For DIY Projects Loader Perhaps one... Read More
Tuesday, December 1, 2020

FAQ: Compact Construction Equipment

What machines are considered compact construction equipment? John Deere has several lines classified as compact construction equipment. These lines include compact track loaders, skid steers, compact excavators, and compact wheel loaders. Each of the lines was designed to fit into places and do jobs full-size construction equipment is too large for. What is the difference between skid steers and compact track loaders? When looking at skid steers and compact track loaders, there is very little difference. Skid steers have wheels and compact track loaders have tracks. Howeve... Read More
Tuesday, December 1, 2020

FAQ: Precision Ag

Perhaps you have heard of precision ag or precision farming before but you don’t have a grasp on what it is or why it might be with your time, if so, you aren’t the only one. A lot of people have heard of precision ag but far fewer actually know what it is, that is in part because it is a term that applies to a variety of processes that were designed to make farming more efficient and more productive. What is Precision Ag? Precision ag is a form of land management that is designed to optimize crop yield by tailoring how you maintain your land to fit the specif... Read More
Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Fall Chore Checklist

Fall brings colder weather and a checklist of chores to complete before winter. But where do you start? Here are three must-do tasks this fall in order to keep your property looking great next spring. Lawn Care: Fall is a great time to check your lawn to improve the health of your grass. Aeration and dethatching can provide moisture and the room for roots to grow. If you have a small yard, you can rent small aerators and dethatchers from most home improvement stores. STHL also offers the Yard Boss, a multi-tool with aerator, dethatcher and other attachment heads to tackle yard chores. If ... Read More
Tuesday, August 18, 2020

John Deere Model Numbers

What do John Deere tractor model numbers mean? We all have seen the numbers on the sides of tractors, the various letters. But what do they mean?Each model number is made up of a combination of numbers and letters to help customers determine the tractor’s configuration.The first number in the model number represents the series or family the tractor belongs to. John Deere makes nine series of tractors that range from 1 to 9. The 1 Series (also called 1 Family) is the smallest in the John Deere tractor family and is made to handle mowing and yard work on small properties. On the other han... Read More
Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Mulching 101

Definitions: Mulch noun [ muhlch ] - lawn grass trimmings cut into easily decomposable sizes that prevent erosion, enrich the soil, and inhibit weeds Bagging verb [ bag-ging ] - the process of gathering trimmings to be composted or collected as yard waste Thatch noun [ thach ] - more than half an inch of build-up from roots, stems, and cuttings of old grass A big decision to make when mowing your yard is what to do with the clippings. For years, experts have claimed that bagging was the best choice, but not anymore. For most yards, mulching lawn clipping... Read More
Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Starting a new garden

Been thinking about a garden? With freezing temperatures gone, now is a great time to start one. No matter what property size you have, there are garden solutions for every household and every season. The first thing to do is find the right spot. Most plants like full sun, so the garden should be in an area that gets sun throughout most of the day. Easy access to water is also good to keep in mind when choosing a spot for your garden. Then, simply measure off a space for your garden. It should be spacious enough to hold all the fruits and veggies you plan to plant, but also small enough you... Read More
Monday, March 16, 2020

Top Compact Tractor Attachments

A tractor without anything attached is little more than another vehicle, the implements and attachments make it a workhorse. Implements are the tools attached to the tractor for specific uses (like a loader or rotary cutter). Attachments and accessories are supplemental and can expand the capabilities of the tractor or implement or make it easier to use. There are also accessories that can be for safety or ease of use. Get the most out of your tractor by choosing from more than 600 attachments and implements from John Deere and Frontier.Feeling overwhelmed with choices? When deciding wh... Read More
Monday, March 16, 2020

Three Ways You Can Use Your John Deere Gator

Is there a more versatile utility vehicle than a John Deere Gator? First introduced in 1992, John Deere Gators were once referred to as farmers’ vehicles because they could be found on farms across the country. Today, they are used for construction, military, and many recreation applications. There are many different models available in the John Deere Gator series, including Crossover Utility Vehicles, Work Series Utility Vehicles, High Performance Utility Vehicles, Military Utility Vehicles, and Turf Utility Vehicles, depending on what the job calls for. Here are several ways you may ... Read More
Monday, March 16, 2020

The 5 Steps of Haymaking

Producing your own hay begs many questions, even if you’re not a first timer. Do I need to use a tedder? What makes a good windrow? Is it better to make round bales or square bales? What are the advantages of silage? There are many factors that go into haymaking, but for some farm operations, cutting your own hay is a great choice. Smaller farms with the field space and livestock can reduce the cost of feed and save money in the long run by producing hay. Hay production involves 5 keys steps: Cutting, Drying, Raking, Baling, and Storing. Each step requires specific equipment for a ... Read More
Monday, March 16, 2020

Start your Career with Us

Trade School, career change, college degree – when thinking about a future in the workforce, the choices are numerous and can seem overwhelming. If you or someone you know is interested in mechanics, engines, technology, or just like working with their hands, becoming a technician might be the right path. We understand college can seem expensive, and that is why we want to help. We sell both new and pre-owned equipment ranging from UTVs to combines, but one of the largest aspects of our business is our service department, with an ever-growing need for technicians. The world’s p... Read More
Monday, March 16, 2020

No-Flat Tires for Commercial Mowers

Never worrying about a flat tire again sounds like science fiction, but with the MICHELIN X TWEEL Turf Airless Radial Tire, it’s possible. Available exclusively on John Deere ZTrak and QuikTrak mowers, the Tweel was developed to prevent downtime, provide a smoother, more even ride and virtually eliminate tire maintenance entirely. This can save time and money for landscaping professionals. Your mower will be able to tackle curbs, debris, and uneven ground with ease without the concern of flat tires. The Tweel is built on a heavy gauge steel hub that fits the variations of the ZTrak Z900... Read More
Monday, March 16, 2020

Is it Time to Upgrade Your Mower?

The right machine makes a difference. Finding the right machine for your yard is hard. We all enjoy a well-manicured lawn, but we don’t all enjoy the work it takes. Having an easy-to-use mower is half the battle. So, what should you consider when choosing a mower? Well, we’ve collected a few tips from our lawn and garden experts to help you choose a mower that fits your needs. How to Determine Mower Size and Style Property size is the biggest determinant of machine size. A machine that is too small will have you mowing for a week, while a machine that is too large will struggle... Read More
Monday, March 16, 2020

How Precision Ag Technology Can Save You Money

One acre of land can grow an estimated 2,800 pounds of wheat. This has been increasing each year due to advancements in seed, fertilizer and equipment, and it must continue to increase to match the food demand of the growing population of the world. By 2050, researchers expect the need of food production will increase by 70%. This means efficiency is more important than ever for farmers. What information do you use to make decisions on your farm? Heritage Tractor wants to support your operation with our Agriculture Management Solutions (AMS) in the form of Precision Ag Technology. AMS provide... Read More
Monday, March 16, 2020

Don't Get Stuck this Spring

Pre-Season Maintenance can save time and headaches For most people, January brings to mind snow and new year resolutions — not their mowers. Now is one of the best times of the year for routine maintenance. There are two options when it comes to maintenance. You can schedule an expert technician to complete a HeritageGard comprehensive maintenance, or, if you are more of a do-it-yourselfer, you can complete the routine checks to ensure the machine’s performance in the Spring. Here are 5 tips from Heritage Tractor to check your machine this winter. Fuel Stabilizer is important t... Read More
Monday, March 16, 2020

Choosing the Right Compact Loader

Stop Imagining, Start Doing More for Less Your operation demands reliable and productive equipment. That’s why Heritage Tractor offers a full line of compact construction equipment to keep you on the leading edge. The John Deere G-Series Skid Steers and Compact Track Loaders offer proven functionality and customer-features that help you work smarter, not harder. Plus, Heritage Tractor offers a full worksite worth of attachments so you can bring blueprints to life. Not every jobsite is the same, and it’s important to ensure your machine works its hardest for you. So what’s r... Read More
Monday, March 16, 2020

Advantages of a zero-turn mower and why a John Deere ZTrak is the top of its class

So, you’ve got a lawn tractor, but you’ve been hearing so many great things about zero-turn mowers. Your brother has a zero-turn, your in-laws love theirs, and even Dale down the street has one. Should you upgrade? Is it worth the cost? We’ve listed out a few facts and features to help shed some light on your lawn tractor vs. zero-turn mower decision. The most obvious reason people love zero-turn mowers is the turn radius—hence the name. Put simply, a zero-turn mower has a turn radius of zero degrees. Most lawn mowers, like your current lawn tractor, have a much ... Read More