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What Size Compact Tractor Do I Need for a Small Holding Under 10 Acres?

Compact tractors are an essential tool for small holdings under 10 acres. They can be used to help with a variety of tasks such as mowing, plowing, and hauling. But how do you know which size tractor is right for your needs? This blog post will provide an overview of the different types of compact tractors available and their best uses.

Types of Compact Tractors

When it comes to choosing the right compact tractor for your smallholding, there are several factors to consider. The most important factor is the size of your land. Depending on the size of your land, you may need a sub-compact or a full-size compact tractor.

Sub-Compact Tractors

Sub-compact tractors are designed for small holdings under 5 acres. They are typically smaller in size and have less power than full-size tractors.

A sub-compact tractor typically has between 18 and 25 horsepower. Horsepower (hp) is a unit of measurement of power, or the rate at which work is done, usually in reference to the output of engines or motors. It is calculated through the power needed to move 550 pounds one foot in one second or by multiplying torque by rpm. Torque is the peak measurement of the rotational force within an engine. Generally, the higher the horsepower, the faster the car or machine will be able to perform tasks.

Examples of popular sub-compact tractors include the Branson Tractors 05 series, and Kioti CS and CX series. These tractors are ideal for light tasks such as mowing and tilling.

*Note: Branson will be rebranded as TYM Tractors in 2023.

Full-Size Compact Tractors

Full-size compact tractors are designed for larger properties up to 10 acres in size. They offer more power and features than sub-compacts, making them suitable for more demanding jobs such as plowing and hauling heavy loads.

Compact tractors used in properties of up to 10 acres generally range from 25 to 70 horsepower. Horsepower (hp) is a unit of measurement of power, or the rate at which work is done, usually in reference to the output of engines or motors. The exact horsepower varies depending on the model and manufacturer. Generally speaking, models with higher horsepower will have greater torque and be able to handle larger loads more efficiently. Additionally, higher horsepower typically translates into faster speeds for completing tasks such as mowing.

If you're looking for a compact tractor to use in a 10 acre property, it's important to consider both the horsepower and torque capabilities necessary for your specific applications. Generally speaking, you should look for a model with at least 25 horsepower in order to have enough power and torque for various tasks that may be required on the property. You may require more powerful models with higher horsepowers depending on what tasks you anticipate completing: mowing, tilling, heavy lifting, etc. Models with greater than 70 horsepower are often suitable for more industrial-level needs.

Choosing the Right Compact Tractor For Your Needs

When selecting a compact tractor for your smallholding under 10 acres, it’s important to consider both your budget and your needs. If you’re looking for something that can handle more demanding jobs like plowing or hauling heavy loads then you should opt for a full-size model such as the Branson 00 series or Kioti Tractors CK Series.


Choosing the right compact tractor for your smallholding under 10 acres can be tricky but with this guide, you should now have all the information you need to make an informed decision about which type of tractor is best suited to your needs!

Beckside Machinery is the UK's premier retailer of new and used compact tractors for sale, as well as compact tractor attachments and bespoke tractor packages. With years of experience in the industry, Beckside Machinery has established itself as a trusted name in the agricultural sector.

At Beckside Machinery, we provide an extensive range of new compact tractors from leading brands such as Kioti, Branson and TYM Tractors UK, along with quality used compact tractors from brands like John Deere, Kubota and Massey Ferguson. Our selection includes both new and used models to suit any budget or requirement. We also offer a wide variety of attachments to enhance your tractor’s capabilities, including flail mowers, finishing mowers, rotavators, power harrows, backhoe diggers, log splitters, hedge trimmers, stone buriers, and road sweepers. If you're looking for something more customized, we can create bespoke packages tailored to your exact needs.

Our team of experts are on hand to provide advice and guidance when selecting the right equipment for you. We also offer servicing and repairs for all our products at competitive prices.

For more information about our products or services, please visit our website at or contact us on 01673 828 965 or

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