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Spring Tips

Spring forward into your to-do list. 

Who isn't ready to jump back into the great outdoors after a long winter? We look forward to the smell of freshly cut grass and getting some work done on the tractor.
Here's a few of our top tips for spring time.


So, you purchased your dream John Deere compact tractor. Now you need some implements to help you make a dent in your to-do list. Whether you are lifting heavy items, mowing turf-type grass, digging or leveling land, John Deere’s Frontier implements get any job done right, the first time.

With over 600 implements and attachments, it’s hard to know exactly what you need. Our equipment experts weigh in on our favorite implements for compact utility tractors to start off the spring season strong.

1. Loader

A front-end loader is essential in promoting your productivity and efficiency around your home or farm. By adding a compatible material bucket, you can use your tractor to scoop, move or dump material. Big job or little job, a loader is one of the most useful implements around. And with John Deere’s patented technology, you won’t waste any time attaching/removing the loader.

2.  Rotary Cutter

Keep your grass and brush in order with a rotary cutter. From landscapers and farmers to anyone in between, John Deere rotary cutters will overcome any challenging ground conditions.

3. Box Blade

A box blade is one of the most versatile implements you will want to have. Box blades simplify tasks such as leveling uneven ground and terracing land or building paths, spreading dirt and more.

 4. Rear Blade

Put your landscaping, gardening, driveway and ditch-maintenance chores behind you with a sturdy rear blade. This effective tool makes these chores a breeze. Dig ditches, remove snow, smooth your gravel driveway – a rear blade does it all.

Always be sure to read the Operator’s Manual before operating any piece of equipment and follow all operating and safety instructions.

No matter the job, there is an efficient implement that can be perfectly matched with your tractor to turn it into the workhorse it was built to be.

Stop by your local Harvest Equipment store today for more information.


Just like any vehicle, it’s important to keep up with regular maintenance on lawn and farm equipment. Though John Deere is known for its reliability and longevity, upkeep on a tractor (of any kind) can become expensive if the maintenance schedule is not adhered to.

In a March 2009 edition of Ag Connection, a publication from the University of Missouri Extension, an article showed that farmers may be able to reduce machinery repair costs by 25 percent simply by improving their tractor maintenance routines. The study used an example showing that an $80,000 tractor typically requires around $24,000 in repair costs over 5,000 hours of operation when receiving average maintenance. By increasing the level of maintenance, however, that cost could be decreased to roughly $18,000.

Additionally, the study concluded that regular inspections, along with preventive tractor maintenance, will help to identify problems at a time when they can be corrected through minor repair methods. This reduces the chance that major problems and extended downtime will occur down the road.

Even if you’re not operating an $80,000 tractor, the theory remains the same. Whether your tractor has been used frequently, sparingly or not at all (like during a long winter), preparing it for the spring work season is imperative. Getting prepared early will save you money on costly repairs, and it will save you precious time that you’d rather spend outside enjoying your property.

Start by reviewing and becoming familiar with your operator’s manual to ensure that you consistently check all the boxes for maintenance, including the engine, transmission, lubrication, electrical, fuel, fuel line and fuel tank. Don’t forget about that “miscellaneous” category either, because consistent and thorough maintenance can also result in higher resale value in the future.

Staying in contact with your John Deere Dealer about the maintenance program details for your tractor is always a good idea, too. Contact Harvest Equipment today to schedule a service appointment.

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