What are the advantages of a tractor

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Your farm, like most in Germany, is probably self-mechanized and equipped with the right tractors for the various jobs that arise. But there are sure to be situations where you need an additional tractor quickly and at manageable costs. In this case, renting a tractor can be a helpful and sensible solution for you.

But how does a tractor rental actually work? What advantages does it offer you as a farmer? What are the risks of renting a tractor? And what does it cost you to rent a tractor? Read on and you will find the answers to all the important questions about tractor rental here!

Is a tractor rental an option for you and your company?

The key question of whether a rented tractor is an option for a farm cannot be answered from the gut. Rather, the answer depends on the very specific, individual and current framework conditions and requirements and the consideration of whether the use of a rental tractor can increase the profitability and efficiency of the operation.

Against this background, a tractor rental - whether short-term or planned for the long term - can be considered for every farmer who needs an additional machine.

The reasons for renting a tractor can be very different:

  • Failure of your own tractor due to unforeseen damage.
  • Bottlenecks in work peaks that can only be overcome with additional machines.
  • Lack of a tractor in the required horsepower class suitable for special tasks.

Just take a look at the various arguments for and against tractor rental and apply these considerations to your business.

What kind of tractors can be rented?

You can rent tractors in a wide variety of hp classes for your farm, from 90 hp to over 400 hp. Depending on the intended use, you also have the choice between various equipment features, such as front PTO, GPS steering system or front loader. You can see which tractors with which equipment are currently available on the online rental request page. The tractors that are offered for rent are technically state-of-the-art. Before a rental tractor is handed over to the customer, it has been checked through in the workshop and is therefore immediately ready for use. The tractors that are used for rental were previously mostly used as demonstration tractors or they are young used tractors - i.e. tractors that have only been in use for a few hours and run reliably during the rental period.

What advantages does tractor rental offer you?

Renting a tractor gives you several advantages - the biggest one is flexibility!

With the option of renting a tractor, you as a farmer simply have more options, because you can select the appropriate tractor for every application: A tractor with GPS can be rented for sowing and for grass harvesting and for example for heavy tillage a tractor of a higher horsepower class. Unlike when buying a tractor, you don't have to decide what you need for several years.

You also gain more flexibility for the execution of work: Depending on various factors such as weather conditions, soil conditions or available labor, you can decide at any time whether the work will be done yourself or, for example, outsourced to the machine ring or a contractor.

Transparent costs, reliable technology.

Another advantage is the transparent cost structure when renting a tractor: You only incur costs when a machine is actually rented. You do not incur any ongoing costs such as repair costs, annual insurance costs and financing costs. Plus, you don't have to worry about tied up capital or depreciation.

In addition, you can rely on the technology, equipment and operational readiness of the machines. This is a decisive advantage compared to renting a tractor from a neighbor or friend, for example. With a rental tractor, you know what you're getting yourself into: you get exactly the tractor you need. The tractor is in perfect condition, it was serviced before use and is therefore immediately ready for your operation. If you have any problems, simply contact your sales partner. This prevents an annoying argument with your colleague when it comes to whether the damage already existed before the loan or was only incurred during use.

Rent and test a tractor and prepare the purchase decision.

Are you still unsure whether you want to buy a particular tractor? Take the opportunity to rent the appropriate tractor and check in daily use whether a machine is suitable for your farm. By renting for one season, from spring to autumn, you can basically try out “self-mechanization for a year”. Without having to commit yourself over the years or tie up capital, you can test extensively whether the tractor can do the work that needs to be done and whether the available manpower is sufficient to do the work yourself.

However, you should first find out which machines are available. Many agricultural machinery dealers already offer a rental service, but cannot always offer tractors in all common sizes and variants. It is therefore advisable to rent the tractor from a sales partner who specializes in tractor rental. A much larger machine park is usually available to you there.

Here you will find an overview of all the advantages of tractor rental.

What should you pay particular attention to when renting a tractor?

Of course, renting a tractor also involves risks. In principle, you should therefore find out exactly what happens in the event of damage to the machine, who is liable and who pays for possible repairs before renting.

The regulation in the event of an unforeseen breakdown of the tractor should also be checked in the rental agreement. Look for a guarantee that, for example, a replacement machine will be made available to you within 48 hours.

Furthermore, it should be clearly regulated who drives the rental tractor. You can choose whether a driver is insured for the rental or whether the number of drivers is unlimited. However, each driver must be specified in the contract in advance.

However, if you clarify these and a few other questions and risks related to tractor rental in advance, you should be on the safe side.

What are your obligations when renting a tractor?

If you want to rent a tractor, there are of course obligations from the rental contract that must be observed.

This includes, for example, compliance with the agreed rental period and responsible use of the machine, which includes use that is appropriate to the tractor. Of course, the road traffic regulations apply. A corresponding driver's license for those who are to drive the tractor must be presented when renting the vehicle. If a service or an oil change is required for a longer rental period, you must have this carried out in a specialist workshop. The cost of this is borne by the contractual partner, who in most cases will also carry out the necessary maintenance. A possible driver loyalty as well as the proper return must also be taken into account. This also includes a clean condition of the tractor. Furthermore, you are usually obliged to report damage immediately, inform the insurance company and only have repairs carried out by specialist workshops.

What does it cost to rent a tractor?

The cost of a rental tractor is made up of the rental period and the number of operating hours used. A fixed hourly rate is included in a daily flat rate. Additional hours will be billed separately, but unused operating hours will not be reimbursed. The exact prices depend on the horsepower class and the equipment of the tractor and can be clarified before a booking request. With many providers, the rental price is also reduced for longer rental periods.

A tip: If you are considering buying this or a similar machine after the rental period has expired, ask directly whether the rental price paid can be offset against the purchase price!

Is it worth renting a tractor for your business?

Renting a tractor can be worthwhile for every farmer - it actually depends on the specific situation on your farm. Renting instead of buying can increase the profitability of a business and is a real option in three cases in particular:

  • Companies with short working periods avoid running fixed costs in the longer periods in which the tractor is not needed and also have no costs due to overpowering.
  • Companies with temporary work peaks can supplement their own machines with a rental tractor for the crucial periods, for example for sowing, harvesting or plant protection.
  • Companies with very different requirements If necessary, you can rent a suitable tractor, for example if tractors of a smaller horsepower class are sufficient for routine work, but a tractor of a higher horsepower class is required for the corn harvest in autumn or for tillage in spring.

It is best to do a mathematical calculation yourself to determine whether it is financially worthwhile for your company to rent instead of buying. “When do I need which machine?” - “What does my tractor cost me per year?” - “How many hours does my tractor run?” - These are the essential questions that you have to answer in order to find out whether buying a tractor is worthwhile or a tractor should be rented.

Decision made - but how quickly is a rental tractor available?

Depending on the reason for the rental, you want to have your rental tractor available as quickly as possible. In most cases this is also possible. If a request is made about a machine, you will normally receive a telephone response within 24 hours to clarify further details. The handover and return of the tractor then take place during the opening hours of the respective contractual partner. The rented tractor will be ready for you to pick up no later than 48 hours after signing the rental contract. If you are in a hurry, speak to your provider directly to see if the deployment can go faster. Please note that with some providers there may be delays due to weekends and holidays.

How does renting a tractor work exactly?

Simply go to the online rental request page and enter the PS class from which your rental tractor should come. Other required equipment features, such as front loader, GPS steering system or front PTO, are also recorded directly online.

In addition, the necessary personal information such as name and telephone number is requested so that your sales partner can contact you within 24 hours to discuss all further details. If the rental contract is concluded, the corresponding tractor can be ready for you 48 hours later. A valid driver's license must be presented when collecting the machine.

Similar to a rental car, a log is created for both handover and return, which documents the condition and any damage. And you're ready to go!

Check, calculate, rent a tractor!

Renting a tractor can be an option for any farmer! It is not the solution for everyone in the event of bottlenecks during work peaks between sowing and harvesting - but it can be! Take your time weighing the advantages and disadvantages of tractor rental and simply work out the alternatives for your business: It can be worthwhile to rent a tractor and thus reduce the costs per hectare. Calculate yourself!