2 Wheel Drive VS 4 Wheel Drive Tractors

While both tractors do the same job, some jobs are better suited to either a 2-wheel drive or 4 wheel drive. The 4 wheel drive tractor is more versatile and perfect for a variety of jobs. With power in all 4 wheels the 4WD tractors have better traction to the ground than the 2WD.

As long as you have the right attachments a 4WD will help you complete more than just the basic farm jobs. 4WD tractors are great for Tillage, Mowing, Haulage, Loading and the list goes on and on…

2WD tractors are powered by a single axle which can also carry a range of attachments. They are better suited for drier land where the operator doesn’t have to worry about overly wet/ muddy conditions. The main benefit of having a 2WD tractor is a smaller turning circle, especially when using in a smaller space. 2WD tractors are also more affordable, so if budget is priority this is something to bear in mind.

Again, with the right attachments 2WD tractors will help with a range of jobs including seeding, pasture topping and fertiliser spreading.

In recent years the demand for 2WD tractors has slightly decreased so you may find 2 wheel drives harder to come by…

Pros and Cons of both:

4WD Pros:

  • Better Traction
  • More Pulling Power
  • More Fuel Efficient
  • More attachment options

4WD Cons:

  • Expensive upfront cost
  • Can be more expensive to repair

2WD Pros:

  • Cheaper upfront costs
  • Better manoeuvrability
  • Good for basic agricultural care

2WD Cons:

  • Less fuel efficient
  • Less variety of tractors to choose from.

We hope this blog has helped you decide which tractor to get if you are looking for a new one..