Matching the Correct Implement to Your Tractor

When it comes to matching your tractor with the right tractor implements, the size and weight of the implements plus the power of your tractor (Horse Power) are all fundamental factors.

Horsepower (HP) rating is one of the main methods the agricultural industry measures a tractor’s size. Please be aware there is a different HP rating between the engine and the PTO. Both need to be considered when selecting the correct implement for your tractor as they are interrelated.

PTO power allows implements to draw energy from the engine. The engine power is used to pull the implement. Remember, it takes greater PTO horsepower to work in various conditions, such as, heavy grass or thick brush.

Other factors to consider when selecting implements for your tractor are listed below;


A very important consideration when selecting an implement is its weight. Will it be too heavy for the tractor to operate? Do I need a front-end loader, bucket or weights on the front of the tractor to counter the weight of the implement on the back? This is especially important in steep country or when using a lightweight small tractor or heavy implement.


When looking to purchase an implement keep in mind the width. Check the width of your back tractor wheels – if possible it might be worth considering an implement that fits within or matches the wheels. It is easier to align yourself with the tractor wheel when you are mowing, slashing or grading rather than the implement. A wider implement can also be considered especially when the tractor size and HP allow.


The size of the implement also needs to be considered in terms of fuel consumption. Correct sizing will maintain efficient field practices. If the tractor is too large for the implement, fuel consumption and costs will be higher than necessary for the job. Therefore matching the correct size implement to your tractor is a must to keep operating costs down.

Weight of the implement also impacts fuel consumption. The heavier the implement the more fuel consumed. Some implement manufactures use QSt/E grade steel for this reason. This steel has less weight and greater strength than regular steel. When this steel is used to manufacture tractor implements it can reduce the weight of the implement by up to 15% while also increasing the machine strength. This results in; longer machine life, reduction in body cracks and fuel consumption. It also allows small tractors with a lower HP the ability to use a larger working width. For more information on implements that use QSt/E.

Overloading – When the tractor implements are too large for the tractor

If an implement is too large for the tractor it can cause a number of problems. Overloading your tractor will result in slow speeds on farm, reducing volume achieved and work quality. It can also cause unnecessary wear and tear on both the implement and tractor. Increasing potential downtime and overall maintenance costs.

Horse Power Vs. Implement Size

You can use this guide for matching Muthing mulchers to tractor size / HP;
(* Please consult your local professional dealer to best match your mulcher or any other implement to tractor size.)

Determining a Good Match

Determining a good match depends on tractor size (HP) both PTO and engine, soil type and condition, operation speed and implement pull requirements. Talk to your local machinery dealer to discuss the job you need to do, your tractor specifications and they can determine the correct implement to suit your requirements.

Talk to Southern Cross Agricultural Machinery

If you’d like some help choosing a new implement, Southern Cross Agricultural Machinery can assist you. Our network of expert dealers is your instant solution for all your needs, including practical assistance when you need it. Call or contact us online and talk to our experts. We’ll be happy to provide any services, equipment, or help you require.