While it's hard not to get down about the weather, shopping for farm equipment is always a pick-me-up for farmers. Most fun are the occasional winter research trips to the vegetable region of Quebec, due south of Montreal, centered around St. Remis: part shopping and part leisure, seeing the latest thing up north. Of more consequence and worry are the big purchases like tractors, where will have to live with the features, performance, and cost for a long time. This time around our acquisition was somewhat less fretful: using co-op member equity we were able to shop for and purchase the tractor without an immediate need for financing. Don't know about the ICF Cooperative membership? Click here to find out more.
After plumbing regional dealerships and farm equipment search engines, a suitable machine turned up on Craigslist, just outside of Binghamton. A car trip and a test drive later, we made the deal and are the happy new owners of a lightly-used 2004ish Zetor Super 4341, known to us now as the 'Super Z' (not to be confused with other tractors the 'Z', the 'Super C', or the 'G'!) This euro-styled, 56 horsepower tractor will pull work from both our smaller and larger utility tractors to plant, mow, pump, and prep fields in addition to moving compost, snow, and bulk pallets with the loader bucket and forklift.