Frequently Asked Questions

 

Why Should I Buy From Discount Tractors?

 

Top Reasons to Choose Discount Tractors...

 

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Talk to Genuine People: We're passionate about customer service, and we're willing to answer your questions. Click the Contact Us link at the top of any page on this site. Talk to friendly, real people who work with tractors every day, not a pen pusher who's just in it for the money.

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We are an Australian Owned and operated family business. We thank you for your support of a local Australian business.

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Value For Money. We import direct from the manufacturer, so our prices are amongst the lowest in Australia.

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No Fluff!

 

What You Can Expect From Us...

 

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Honest Customer Service in Australia.

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Expert after sales service right when you need it.

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Phone assistance available 7 days a week.

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Friendly, unparalleled, useful after-sales tractor advice.

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Delivery to your door.

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Want to know the most common service calls? Click here to find out.

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Sound advice on a suitable machine for your application.

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Comprehensive pre-delivery inspection.

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Delivery to your farm, property or nearest depot.

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Self maintenance information and assistance.

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Warranty - sorry no unworkable 100 year warranties!

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Tractor operation and safety manual.

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Certified ROPS.

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Spare parts availability guarantee.

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Full range of implements in stock; and custom orders welcomed.

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Instruction in using your tractor, plus honest pre-purchase advice.

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We are human! Errors are sometimes made.

 

Definitely Buy from us if...

 

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Value is your number one priority

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Getting the job done for a bargain price is high on your priority list

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A bunch of Free extras has value to you

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You're prepared to ask questions and learn about things you're unsure about

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You recognise a tractor is a work horse and doesn't need to look pretty

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You don't mind getting your hands dirty - you're a hands-on person

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You understand that bolts can come loose at any time, and may require tightening

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You know that paintwork sometimes gets scratched - it's no big deal on a tractor

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You acknowledge there's a difference between a Front End Loader and an Excavator

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You accept you are not buying a top-of-the-line tractor

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You live on or own a hobby farm and slash the paddocks on Sundays

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You are a contractor with a massive work load - don't buy one, buy two!

 

General FAQ's

 

Q. I'm a complete tractor novice, never driven one in my life - can you help me?

A. Absolutely! Your new tractor comes with a training DVD and instruction manual. If you still need assistance, we're only a phone call away - we're here to help.

 

Q. I don't know which tractor is best for me - what do I do?

A. We've come up with some helpful tips to help you choose, which can be found here. If you still need help choosing, we're only a phone call or an email away.

 

Q: Where do Discount Tractors come from?
A: Machines from Discount Tractors are built in China. The factories produce 130,000+ tractors every year.

Q: Why are Discount Tractors such awesome value for money?
A: Machines from Discount Tractors are awesome value because they are imported directly from the manufacturer. We have no commercial lease to pay. Tractors and implements are stored in a  rural shed, so we pass the savings directly on to you.


Q: What is the warranty?
A: Unless otherwise stated, our new tractors come with a 12 month back-to-base or parts warranty. Simply return the faulty part for replacement. Click here to read the Warranty Policy.

 

Q: Do your tractors comply with Australian standards?
A: Yes.

Q: What is the cost and availability of parts?
A: Parts are available throughout Australia and details given to purchasers. Parts are available from us also. Spare parts are readily available from our extensive spare parts department - minimize your down time and increase your productivity, knowing that your spare parts will be sent to you quickly and hassle-free. Click Here for the parts catalogue.

 

Q: Where do you deliver?
A: Discount Tractors delivers Australia Wide.

 

Q: Do implements require any assembly?
A: Yes. Most implements have some assembly required, they're typically partially assembled for transportation. Tightening of all bolts is required.

 

Q: What lubrication do implements require?
A: Unless otherwise stated, all implements with gearboxes, such as slashers, post hole borers and rotary tillers, are shipped dry and require the addition of gear oil.
 

Q: Is the three point linkage limited to just two positions? (Up or down).
A: No. The three point linkage can be stopped at any position.


Q: What type of three-point linkage does the tractor have?
A: The tractor has a Category 1 three-point linkage

Q: How much weight can the three point linkage lift?
A: This depends on which model tractor you purchase. Please review the specifications page.

Q: How much fuel does the tractor use?
A: Approximately 5 - 7 litres per hour, depending on engine capacity, speed, load, etc.

Please review the specifications page for more information.

Q: What type of spline does the PTO have?
A: The PTO spline is a standard F35, 6 teeth, Clockwise rotation

Q: What speed and power does the PTO deliver?
A: The PTO has dual speeds: 540 / 1000 RPM.

Q: What type of brakes does the tractor have?
A: Our tractors have Non-Hydraulic Drum Brakes on the rear wheels.
 

Q: How much weight can the Front End Loader lift?
A: This depends on which model tractor you purchase. Please review the specifications page.


Q: What type of remotes does the tractor have?
A: Selected Fumetsu tractors have Multi-valve 4 way remote hydraulics (5x single acting, 2x dual acting multi-valve).

 

Q: Is there a relationship between Engine Displacement and Horsepower?
A: Technically speaking, no. While both horsepower and engine displacement oftentimes correlate with one another, that's not always the case. Two engines with the same engine displacement can generate different rates of horsepower.

Factors that affect an engines horsepower output include:

  • The type of valves used

  • The use of a turbocharger

  • Compression ratios

  • High HP/displacement often is produced by tuning so peak torque occurs at higher RPM.

  • Type or quality of fuel used.

Thus, no single value can be used as a universal conversion rate to convert your engine's displacement to horsepower.

As an extreme example, some race cars have an engine displacement of just two litres, and yet pump out around 1000 Horsepower - however such engines are usually running at 10,000 RPM, but they have a limited lifespan.

 

Q: I would like to see a demonstration of a tractor before I buy - is this possible?

A: Yes absolutely! You can watch demonstration videos here. You're also more than welcome to come and see a tractor in person, simply contact us to arrange a time.

 

Q: I've just bought a new Tractor, is there anything I should do before using it?

A: Yes. New tractors are tested with water in the cooling system. We recommend draining the radiator and refilling it with a rust inhibiting (green) engine coolant - not water. It's also recommended that you drain the oil and replace with new oil. Your tractor will come with a Tractor Care sheet, which outlines all the recommended procedures which should be carried out on a new tractor.

 

Q: I haven't had my tractor very long, but the engine oil is already turning black! Is this normal?

A: Yes. Diesel engines produce carbon at a higher rate than petrol engines. This carbon is deposited in the lubricating oil; and is perfectly normal.

 

Q: It's difficult to change gear and ratio, is my gearbox faulty?

A: No. It's common for the gearbox in a new tractor to be stiff. Simple remedy is to drive the tractor around a paddock for a few laps, changing gears constantly while doing so. The gears will become "run in", and gear changes will become smoother. Some tractor models require the gear change to be performed in a certain sequence.

 

Q: What are the most common issues with these tractors?

A: Take a look at the following chart, this shows the most common cause of after-sales calls we receive...

 

Most of the time, a perceived issue can be rectified with a simple adjustment or a small replacement part.

 

For example, customer Bob might be experiencing difficulties with his clutch, he's unable to engage a gear - but he wasn't aware of the linkages and rods between the clutch pedal and the clutch itself, which are easily adjusted as they are threaded at both ends.

 

Simple things such as the example given are common calls we receive fairly frequently, and most of them are from people who have never owned a tractor before.

 

We are here to help! If you don't know - ask us!

 

Q: Is a tractor like a car?
A: No. This is the most common mistake new tractor owners make. The only similarity is that the tractor has 4 wheels and an engine, but that's where the physical similarity ends.

 

Driving a tractor is nothing like driving a car. A tractor, as the Latin name implies, being the agent noun of trahere, meaning "to pull". A tractor is a machine designed to pull loads, at low speeds and as low to the ground as possible. Also, turning excessively sharp corners is not recommended - where possible, always take turns wide - tractors have a much higher centre of gravity than a car, and as such, are much easier to roll over if the operator is not paying proper attention.

 

Whilst an experienced operator can change gears on the move, it's strongly recommended for first time tractor owners to select an appropriate gear while stationary. A tractor has a 'crash' gearbox, much like some large trucks, rather than traditional 'synchromesh' found in most cars. With a tractor, there is an art to changing gear while moving.

By selecting the gear before moving off, this greatly reduces the chance of 'gear crunching'.

 

The only other real similarity with a car is that riding the clutch will cause premature wear, and ultimately, total clutch failure; whereby the tractor will not move at all, even when 'in gear'. The most common cause of clutch-riding, is the operator using the clutch pedal as a foot-rest - a nasty and often expensive habit!

 

Read more about proper clutch control here.

 

Q: Can I leave my tractor in Four Wheel Drive permanently?

A. This is strongly discouraged. Four wheel drive is a useful feature for a tractor to have, but in reality, is only ever needed about 10% of the time. Early tractors such as the iconic grey Massey Ferguson were never equipped with four wheel drive, and yet they managed just fine without it. In reality, there are very few times when four wheel drive is necessary - it's typically only needed if loss of traction is unexpectedly encountered. The same rule applies to the use of diff locks.

If, for example, the operator wishes to slash a paddock, but it's been raining and the ground is waterlogged, this is not an appropriate time to be slashing, as the tractor will make a considerable mess and likely bog down.

 

Q: Can my new tractor be used on the road?
A: Yes, but first it needs to meet specific criteria before "Conditional Registration" can be issued.

The following table shows the requirements for tractor use on the road.

 

Equipment requirements

(unless exempted below)

Required?

Daylight/ Floodlit Use

24 Hour Use

Amber rotating beacon

Yes

Yes

Brake and turn lights

Yes

Yes

Headlights, tail, number plate and clearance lights

No

Yes

Rear reflectors

Yes

Yes

Rear and side reflective tape

No

No

Rear vision mirror(s)

Yes

Yes

Horn

Yes

Yes

 

Exemption:
Second-hand tractors manufactured before 21 October 1994 are exempt from the equipment requirements, whether in a drought-declared area or not.

Additional vehicle requirement:
All lighting must be fitted as near as possible to the position specified in Schedule 2 of the Road Transport (Vehicle Registration) Regulation 2007.

Driver Licence type required: Class C

Mandatory conditions (unless exempted above):

  • Daylight/floodlit worksite use only.

  • Flashing amber beacon required and used when vehicle moving.

  • Use for farm purposes; OR

  • Restricted to designated areas/routes.

  • Overmass permit (route specific)

  • Oversize permit (general), or;

  • Oversize permit (route specific)

Additional condition for vehicles with hydraulic steering

  • Steering failure warning device, warning label and maximum speed advisory sign required.
     

Other Questions?

 

Have a question not addressed here?

 

Please ask us.