Horse owner Richard Wagner wishes he’d done more thorough research before buying a tractor to ease the workload on his 35-acre horse property in Gainesboro, Tennessee, last year. Although he’s satisfied with most aspects of the equipment, he says it’s important to ask a lot of questions prior to purchasing. “Read, talk to people with experience, and ask every question you can think of.”

If you’re considering buying a tractor, here are the things you need to take into account. Resolving these issues prior to purchase will save you work, money, and aggravation.