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What to Consider When Buying a Compact Tractor for the First Time

You have been thinking about it for so long, and it is finally time to purchase your first tractor. It must be something that can help you complete your task and make you proud of where you are and the lifestyle you have chosen. You know you want a John Deere tractor; you are not sure what size or how to purchase it. Let us take you through the buying process of buying a compact tractor from Shoppa’s.    

 

When buying a compact tractor, customers may ask the question, “what size tractor do I need?” Most first time buyers are not sure what size tractor they need or what would work best for them. That is why Shoppa’s salesmen ask our customers questions to help better understanding what they need. Questions can include:    

  • How many acres do you have? – Which can determine how big of a tractor you will need.    
  • Do you have any tractor experience? – This question can determine if you want a Power Reverse or Hydrostatic Transmission.    
  • What types of tasks do you want to be able to accomplish? – This question can determine how much horsepower and the variety of implements you need.    
  • What is your budget? – We want to be able to fit your budget.    
  • How much time do you want to spend on the tractor? – Knowing how much time you would like to spend on the tractor will determine which features are best for you.   
  • Would you like a cab? – An open station is a cheaper option, but a cabbed tractor has heating, a/c, and can protect you from the elements.    
  • Do you want 2wd/ 4wd? – All compacts come with a 4wd option, which is great for moving dirt or when using any ground-engaging implement.    
  • Do you need a trailer? – If you will be hauling your tractor often and do not have a trailer, we offer packages that include a Ranch King trailer.    

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Once your salesman has an idea of what you are needing, we can give you different compact tractor options within your budget. When you decide to purchase a tractor, we will walk you through the purchase process. We will first build the tractor “package” you are looking for to give you the exact cost. We will inform our customers about potential discount options such as military and Farm Bureau discounts, as well as consider Texas Ag Exemption and insurance.    

  

After building your package, adding discounts/ag exemptions, and insurance, you will have the option to pay cash or to finance. When financing, we will need a copy of your driver’s license and your social security number to send off a credit application. It is also important to know if you will be making a down payment of 10% with monthly payments or 20% down with annual payments. Credit applications usually come back within a few minutes.    

    

Great! You are now approved to purchase a John Deere compact tractor! You will have two papers to sign. One is a contract agreeing to a monthly/annual payment option. The second is a purchase order. A purchase order serves as a receipt or an invoice for the purchase. We will then get your tractor ready for pick up or delivery. We do offer delivery options in which the cost varies depending on the size of equipment and mileage. When your compact tractor is ready, it will come with an operator’s manual and two keys.    

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Now you are prepared to tackle your list of tasks and drive off into the sunset with your very own John Deere Compact Tractor. If you have any questions or would like to learn more about John Deere Compact Tractors and other John Deere products, contact your local Shoppa’s store. Store locations include:   

   

  • Beaumont – 409-842-1128   
  • Liberty – 936-336-7226    
  • East Bernard – 979-335-4887   
  • El Campo – 979-543-8363   
  • Bay City – 979-245-2711   
  • Victoria – 361-578-7072   
  • Shiner – 361-594-3312   
  • Giddings – 979-542-2259 

Yard Work for Kids

Summer is in full swing, and your kids are already bored. Do you need a way to get them outside or just out of your hair? Giving them a job/chore outside is a great way to keep them entertained. Not only will it get them outside and active, but it also helps you with the chores. Here are some recommendations for all age groups!   

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Toddlers/ Young Kids (2-5 years old)   

  • Weed the garden/ flowerbeds  
  • Picking up sticks, toys and any unwanted items in the yard   
  • Plant a fast-growing plant (chia pets, sunflowers/flowers, snap peas, radishes, carrots, etc.)   
  • Have them help with planting and adding soil   
  • Water plants

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6-10 years old   

  • In addition to the above:   
  • Plant a Herb Garden   
  • Help transplant shrubs, gardens, etc    
  • Build raised garden beds   
  • Move lawn furniture and larger toys 
  • Hoe the garden  
  • Set up sprinklers    

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10 – 18 years old   

  • In Addition to above:  
  • Rank and bag leaves  
  • Blow off driveway/ sidewalk/ carport 
  • Lay mulch  
  • Create a compost bin  
  • Use lawnmower and weed eater (13+)  
  • Pruning bushes and trees   
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These are just a few ideas to get you started. Kids are usually not fans of doing chores, so don’t tell them it is one! Tell them it is a job and they give paid for it (add it to their allowance). Or make it a competition between kids! See how fast they can pick up all their toys, who can rake the biggest pile of leaves, etc. You can also make it a learning experience for them through gardening and machine maintenance (make sure you do it safely, and that it is appropriate for their age). Now we know there are many more ideas out there, so leave us a comment below on how you get your kids to do yard work?   

 

Feature Friday – Michelle Koliba

Garretts (1 of 1)Name: Michelle Koliba
Store: Victoria
Title: Small Ag Sales
Michelle Koliba is one of two saleswomen at Shoppa’s. Based out of our Victoria location, Michelle sells small ag equipment and attachments. Michelle likes meeting new customers and guiding them to the right piece of equipment for their task. When not helping customers, Michelle likes off-roading, camping, and kayaking with her family and friends.

Feature Friday – Tom Hulon

tomName: Tom Hulon
Store: Beaumont
Title: Sales Consultant

Salesman and former corrections officer Tom Hulon helps customers make sensible decisions regarding their equipment purchases. Tom loves to interact with his customers and becoming their first call when they need something. When not helping customers, Tom is active in his church and music ministry. Tom also likes to golf, fish and lift weights.

Feature Friday – Brad Crist

Headshots_Bios_2018 (16 of 8)Name: Brad Crist
Store: El Campo
Title:  Large Ag Sales Manager

If you have ever bought a piece of large ag equipment, you have probably dealt with Brad Crist, our Large Ag Sales Manager. Brad’s primary responsibilities are focused on the large ag segment of our business, including evaluating trade-ins, ordering new equipment, sourcing used equipment for customer needs, as well as monitoring and managing our used equipment inventory. Brad loves the aspect of not having the same day twice, his favorite part is working with our customers. Before working for Shoppa’s, Brad worked as a Territory Manager and an instructor at the Wichita Training Center for John Deere Company. When Brad is not working with customers, he and his wife Kathy stay busy attending sporting events that involve their six kids.

Feature Friday – Russell Moorman

10264972_1080526532009539_5358821927115355290_nName:   Russell Moorman
Store:    Liberty
Title:      Sales
Russell Moorman is one of two salesmen located out of our Liberty store. As a salesman, Russell is in charge of selling a wide variety of John Deere Equipment while representing Shoppa’s at local events like Trinity Valley Expo and the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. Russell loves to talk with customers and visit with them about equipment, ranching, and hunting. Though only working for Shoppa’s for 3 1/2 years, Russell enjoys talking to customers and matching them to the right piece of equipment, that makes them proud John Deere owners. Russell was a bull rider for 15 years, but now he chases kids and cows.

Feature Friday – Derrick Page

Headshots_Bios_2018 (18 of 8)Name:   Derrick Page
Store:  El Campo
Title:  Small Ag Sales
If you have ever visited our El Campo store, you have probably seen or met Derrick Page. Derrick is one of our small ag salesmen helping customers find the best tool for their job. One thing Derrick loves about his job is the ability to meet new people every day and how not one day is the same. Today, he could be selling a lawn mower, tomorrow in a hay field. Growing up around agriculture, working cows and baling hay every summer gives Derrick the ability to help assist customers. Derrick still works cattle and bales hay when not working with customers. He also likes to spend time with his wife and cheer on his high school classmate, Cody Johnson with his music career.

Feature Friday – Ralph Seidel

Headshots_Bios_2018 (10 of 13)Name:  Ralph Seidel
Store: Victoria
Title: Transportation and Small Ag Set-Up Manager

Have you ever had a piece of equipment from Shoppa’s delivered? If so, it is all thanks to Ralph Seidel. As the Transportation and Small Ag Set Up Manager, Ralph is in charge of making sure all small ag equipment is ready for sale, all 8 locations are fully stocked, and that all sold equipment is delivered. Ralph has 15+ years of experience working with Shoppa’s, and some remember him as the Store Manager for our Bay City store before moving to Victoria. When he is not the “make it happen” guy, Ralph loves to spend time with family and work on the farm. He is a die-hard Texas Aggie fan, loves Crown Royal, poppy seed kolaches, and Minions. But not necessarily in that order.

Feature Friday – David Rose

Headshots_Bios_2018 (15 of 8)Name: David Rose
Store: El Campo
Title: Salesman

You can find David Rose auctioneering at events or helping his kids with livestock and antique tractor projects. But most of the time, David is visiting with his large a customers. David likes to help his customers’ businesses stay functional and profitable. He’s able to do so because of his 25 years of experience in equipment sales and agriculture background.

Feature Friday – Gerard Solano

photo_MeName: Gerard Solano
Store: Beaumont
Title: Salesman

Gerard Solano started working for Bank Equipment as a Field Service Technician 29 years ago. With his experience as a technician, Gerard has been able to serve customers and represent Shoppa’s as a salesman for the past five years. Gerard is a highly skilled individual that loves the environment of working with equipment and people. When not helping customers, Gerard is spending time with family, working on projects and enjoying the great outdoors.