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All You Need to Know About Compact Tractor PTO

If you own a compact tractor, you might have heard of the term PTO or Power Take-Off. But what exactly is it, and how does it work? In this blog post, we'll cover all the basics of compact tractor PTOs, including what they are, what attachments they can run, and more.

What is a Compact Tractor PTO?

A Power Take-Off (PTO) is a mechanical device that transfers power from the engine of a tractor to an attached implement. In simpler terms, it's a shaft that connects the tractor to an tractor attachment like a flail mower, post-hole digger, tractor log splitter, etc. The PTO allows the attachment to be powered by the tractor's engine.

Most modern compact tractors come with a 1 3/8” diameter shaft for their PTOs. However, some tractors may have a 1 1/8” shaft instead.

How Does a Compact Tractor PTO Work?

When the tractor's engine is running, it generates power that is transferred through the PTO shaft to the attachment. The attachment then uses this power to perform its intended function, such as mowing grass or digging holes.

There are two main types of PTO systems: independent and live. Independent PTOs can be engaged while the tractor is stationary or in motion. Live PTOs only engage when the tractor is in motion.

What Attachments Can Run on a Compact Tractor PTO?

Compact tractors can run various attachments using their PTOs. Some common examples include:

  • Flail Mowers

  • Rotavators

  • Power Harrows

  • Finishing Mowers

  • Stone Buriers

  • Hedge cutters

  • Log Splitters

  • Power Sweepers

The type of attachment you can use will depend on your specific compact tractor model and its horsepower rating.


In conclusion, a compact tractor's PTO is an essential component that allows you to power various attachments using your tractor's engine. Understanding how it works and what attachments it can run will help you make informed decisions when purchasing equipment for your farm or property.

Where do I find a Compact Tractor for sale UK?

Beckside Machinery is the UK's premier compact tractor retailer, offering a wide range of new and used compact tractors for sale. They also provide the most comprehensive range of compact tractor attachments for sale in the UK. Whether you're a farmer or a landscaper, Beckside Machinery has got you covered with their high-quality machinery and equipment. To get in touch with them, you can call 01673 828 965 or visit their website to learn more about their products and services. With their expertise and commitment to customer satisfaction, Beckside Machinery is the go-to destination for anyone looking for reliable and efficient compact tractors and attachments.

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