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What is a Sub Compact Tractor?

Created with a more petite frame and shorter ground clearance to support a mowing deck, a sub-compact tractor presents the power and versatility of a compact utility tractor, with the nimble handling of a 4-wheel drive utility vehicle and the feeling of a garden tractor. Sub compact tractors fall in the lower-than-20-horsepower models. The capacity to fully customize these powerful machines with many compact tractor attachments means that you can build the perfect device for your smallholding or farm.

What's a good brand for sub-compact tractors?

There are several reputable brands of compact tractors, such as Kioti, Branson, John Deere, Kubota, Massey Ferguson, Iseki, etc. You can pick up a good deal either with a new or second-hand tractor. Suppose you are going for a new tractor. In that case, we recommend Branson Tractors, as they really do have a style, specifications, and durability to match and beat any of the usual competitors at the most competitive prices. Let's take a look at what sub compact Branson Tractors have on offer...

Branson 1905H series

A brand new Branson 1905H sub compact costs only £7995 plus VAT, which is a steal when you compare it to the cost of a used Kubota with similar specifications. The 1905H highlights power steering, 4 wheel drive, a 19HP diesel engine and this tractor is the ultimate choice for small acreage farms, estates and smallholdings. One thing's for sure, Branson Tractors are built to last. They are versatile, easy to maintain, and come with Hydrostatic Steering, which allows for fingertip steering control, making them highly nimble.

In addition, we offer some excellent Branson Tractor package deals. For example, you can purchase a 1905H kitted out with front end loaders and backhoe diggers for £15495 plus VAT.

Of course, this brings us to attachments, which attach via the 3 point hitch and PTO shaft. You want to make sure that the implements you buy fit the horsepower output of your tractor; otherwise, they will be of little use to you.

What tractor implements can I use with a Sub Compact Tractor?

In reality, the list is endless. You need to remember that if your machine is under 20 horsepower, then make sure that any compact tractor attachments for sale suit your machine by being compatible with this lower horsepower range.

To help you, we've compiled a shortlist of popular compact tractor implements that work with tractors under 20-horsepower...

Flail Mower

There are many types of flail mowers for sale, including heavy-duty flails, hedge flails, flail collectors, and so on. For starters, we'd recommend taking a look at the FL Flail Mowers by FarmMaster. FarmMaster products are solid pieces of well-engineered machinery that are appearing more and more widely in the catalogues of various reputable trade dealers and, as a result, are rapidly becoming the go-to brand in tractor attachments. The FL range by FarmMaster includes options for either flails or hammers. The FL models range from 0.95 - 1.35 metres wide, and all models will suit a 20 horsepower sub-compact tractor. If you have a smaller tractor, then the FL95 only requires 12hp to run effectively.


If you want to churn up the soil before planting, then a tractor rotavator is exactly what's required. FarmMaster RT rotavators come in three sizes, from 1.15 - 1.35 metres in width. The RT115 and RT125 have a minimum horsepower requirement of 12hp, whereas the RT135 requires 20hp to operate adequately.

Power Harrow

FarmMaster has 3 x PH model power harrows for sale, each of which is highly effective at breaking up soil finely and distributing it evenly for seeding and planting. Although these tractor harrows come in 3 different widths, 0.9-1.35 metres, only the PH90 is suitable for a sub-compact tractor, and it requires a top-end small tractor specification of 20hp to run correctly.

Hedge Cutter

Keeping hedges cropped and tidy has never been easier than with a tractor-mounted hedge cutter. In order to use a tractor hedge trimmer, you'll need a top-end sub compact that produces 20 horsepower. The FarmMaster FC1600 compact tractor hedge cutter for sale is an excellent choice as it sports a 1.6-metre cutting head that cuts branches up to 2 cm thickness and sports an impressive 4.6 metre reach advantage.


In summary, a sub-compact tractor is usually 20 horsepower or less. While there are numerous brands on the market, both new and used tractors for sale, we'd recommend going for a brand new 1905H Branson due to Branson's price, quality, and overall performance. Additionally, you'll probably want to get your hands on the right tractor attachments to keep manual work to a minimum, and you need to remember to check the horsepower requirement of each implement before purchase.

Finally, if you know what you want ahead of time, it's always better to plan and make certain that this size of tractor is the ideal size for you. You can go to a reputable tractor dealer and ask them to put together a package deal for you. This way, you will save a significant amount of money in contrast to purchasing the implements later.

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