The right garden tractor attachments can do just about any outdoor job & will save you time, money & effort.
I share my expert buying tips to help you choose the best attachments for your budget - and your job at hand:
Front end loader buckets are one of the biggest selling garden tractor attachments on the market right now.
You can check out my best front end loader bucket recommendation: the Swisher 15714 Universal Bucket on Amazon. It's a universal design to fit on just about any garden tractor. And its Made in the USA of 1/8" powder coated steel. And, unlike some other models, all the mounting hardware is included! And you can check Amazon's price on the Swisher Universal bucket.
Adding a bucket to your garden tractor will allow you to push, lift or move mulch, stones/gravel, logs, dirt, sand, small trees, bags -- and even snow. You'll save your back and save time.
A tow behind broadcast spreader is an excellent attachment for your garden tractor! You'll be able to evenly and quickly spread seed, fertilizer or pesticides on your lawn, food plot or garden. And, in the winter, you can use it to spread salt on the driveway or road!
I highly recommend this Agri-Fab tow behind broadcast spreader on Amazon. If you've got a 1/2 acre, or more, to work, this is the one I recommend.
The Agri-Fab spreader has a 130 lb capacity which will keep you from having to stop and refill all the time. And I really appreciate that you can work the on-off gate control from your tractor seat. Made in the USA too!
I like the enclosed gear box with metal gears, large pneumatic tires and quality metal frame. And you can check Amazon's price on the Agri-Fab tow behind broadcast spreader.
And don't forget that an old-fashioned drag harrow is one of the most economical and versatile attachments you can add to your garden tractor.
It'll easily hook up to the back of your tractor's hitch and it rolls up for storage.
In the spring, a drag harrow will prepare your soil for planting or fertilizing. And it will also help dethatch (remove dead plant material) and level your fields.
And don't forget that you garden tractor can do more than work for you in the spring and summer! If you have a snow plow attachment, you can let your tractor work for you in the winter too.
Snow plow blades are great garden tractor implements. 42" and 48" blades are the most popular sizes but make sure to match your garden tractor horsepower to the right sized snow plow blades to avoid overloading your transmission.
Another very popular garden tractor attachment is a mounted spot sprayer.
If you mount a spot sprayer on the back of your garden tractor, you can apply liquid fertilizers, weed killers or pesticides while you ride. You won't have to carry a tank and it's so much easier on your back.
My best all-around mounted sprayer choice is the Chapin 15 gallon spot sprayer on Amazon.
The translucent tank lets you clearly see your liquid level and it has a reliable 12 volt diaphragm pump with a dual filtration system. And I like the 15 ft hose that gives you room to reach.
A time will come when you may want to drag a large log, haul wood, rocks or pull a larger attachment like a manure spreader. And you'll need to make sure you know how much weight your garden tractor will pull.
First, you'll need to refer to your owners manual to get the "dry weight" of your garden tractor. The dry weight of your tractor is the weight of your garden tractor without the rider or cargo.
Then consider this: an often-repeated general rule of thumb is that, using a single-axle trailer, you should be able to pull approximately half the dry weight of your garden tractor fairly safely - and with control - over level ground & over slopes less than 5 degrees. This calculation is often called the tow capacity, too.
Of course, you'll need to make adjustments on steeper slopes, rough terrain, etc.
Using this general calculation, you'll quickly see that you can easily and effectively haul/pull a lot of weight - as long as the maximum weight/capacity of the load does not exceed half of the dry weight of your garden tractor.