One of the most important pieces of gardening equipment that many people need is a two-wheel tractor.
However, not many people are familiar with these practical tools and mistake them for other equipment such as rotary tillers. So, first of all, let’s take a look at how these two machines differ.
At a first glance, these two types of machine look very similar. The most important difference is that the two-wheel tractor has two wheels (providing traction), whereas the rotary tiller does not (in this case the blades provide traction).
Actually, there are many differences between these two machines. For example, a rotary tiller works the soil deeper down, whereas a two-wheel tractor works more on the surface, mainly performing a refining function.
Let’s take a closer look at the main differences between the rotary tiller and the two-wheel tractor so that we can identify the most suitable machine for our needs.
As the smallest machine for soil cultivation, the two-wheel tractor prepares soil for plant growth. Over time, foot traffic or weather conditions cause soil to become compacted, making it difficult for growing plants to take in water and air to survive.
Moreover, it can be useful to mix soil with other components, such as manure, compost, fertilisers or potting mixes. Tilling is clearly a job for the two-wheel tractor, as it is the classic machine to use for passing over the surface to move it, break up clods and prepare the seedbed.
When it comes to working the soil, not only tilling is important but also digging. It involves a mechanical tool (spader), which simulates the work of a spade and works without turning clods and without preparing the soil for cultivation. It also respects soil stratigraphy and preserves its biological fertility.
Small ploughs can also be fitted to two-wheel tractors. They require a high-performance engine and, in some cases, wider wheels and ballasts to stabilise the machine better. Other attachments that can be used for different agricultural work include the ridger (useful for opening furrows for planting), the fixed-tine cultivator (similar to the ridger but uses a different technique) and the potato digger (when harvesting potatoes, this tool is equipped with a grid that separates the potatoes from the soil and brings them to the surface).
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