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Charles Mahoney

06-14-2005 10:11:03
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I am thinking of purchasing a Zetor Tractor and am wondering if anyone has any feedback (good or bad) on their reliablity, etc. I am in NE Colorado and need it for haying operations, general farm use, cleaning pens, moving round bales and feeding, etc.

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Moyses Flores

08-22-2007 10:21:49
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Re: Zetor Tractors in reply to Charles Mahoney, 06-14-2005 10:11:03  
I have a Zetor 1998 7320 tractor I bought brand new. Has performed very well. Except the clutch, brake,and slave master cylinders constantly keep going out Be prepared to do mechanical work.

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Moyses Flores

08-22-2007 10:20:06
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Re: Zetor Tractors in reply to Charles Mahoney, 06-14-2005 10:11:03  
I have a Zetor 1998 7320 tractor I bought brand new. Has performed very well. Except the clutch, brake,and slave master cylinders constantly keep going out Be prepared to co mechanical work.

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kmjkranch

12-22-2005 18:55:07
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Re: Zetor Tractors in reply to Charles Mahoney, 06-14-2005 10:11:03  
We have a 12 yr old Zetor 7711/w cab and air here on the ranch,has about 2000 hrs on it and just had to replace alternator ( can use GM alt. with a little modification)! For the money it is the best tractor we have ever had here, ford, jd,massey, etc.

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mlm

07-01-2005 19:26:08
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Re: Zetor Tractors in reply to Charles Mahoney, 06-14-2005 10:11:03  
it is my understanding that John Deere bought Zetor,improved them, painted green and are selling them as an economy line of john Deere. It is said they are going to let the Zetor dealer die.

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Jill Conant

07-12-2005 09:15:29
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Re: Re: Zetor Tractors in reply to mlm, 07-01-2005 19:26:08  
We purchased a Zetor 50= tractor with cab,air-- the perfect tractor for what you are wanting. We have less than 500 hours on the thing.
I am so discussed I could cry! The air has to be worked over every year, the brakes don't work--and last night I found out that the clutch isn't working right either.
My suggestion--Keep looking!

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KEH

06-15-2005 17:42:04
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Re: Zetor Tractors in reply to Charles Mahoney, 06-14-2005 10:11:03  
Charles,
Forgot to mention that a cousin used Zetors in powerline right of way maintenance and said they lasted better than a Ford industrial which is high praise.
Also on tractors check hydraulic pump capicity. I hate sitting there waiting for a loader to lift or a round baler to open and close.

KEH

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KEH

06-15-2005 16:39:13
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Re: Zetor Tractors in reply to Charles Mahoney, 06-14-2005 10:11:03  
Charles,
I have a Zetor 65 hp tractor with cab and front end loader. It is a well made heavy tractor. The front end loader is a Great Bend and has a heavy frame extending front to back, unlike some that are attached at the front and mid point of the tractor. Also, the center housing is not skinny like on the recent Green and Blue tractors, so should stand up to loader work.
Re PTO. I agree that the controls could stand some improvement. Lets look at pto systems, since I think recent tractors have gone backwards in pto arrangements. The Zetor has a two faced clutch arrangement that I think was first used on the MF 35. The 35 used a two stage foot clutch to deliver live power. The Olivers before that used a separate clutch and lever for independent pto, which absolutly spoiled me! Some time, I think in the 1960s, Fiat in Italy developed a way to have independent pto using a two faced clutch and a separate lever to disengage the pto. However, first you had to put the pto in gear with another lever on the gear case. The systemdoes not seem to give much trouble, and the Zetor uses this system. The problem is, Zetors the age of mine have the pto lever turned the wrong way so that you have to twist your left wrist around. I found a way to get around that, and recent models of Zetors have the lever turned the right way. Present day New Holland tractors have a slight variation of this same system(medium sized ones anyway.)
Older John Deeres and Fords have a separate hydraulic clutch pack for Independent pto, as do, I think, older Internationals. Maybe Allan In NE can confirm that.
Whatever tractor you get, look for local dealer support. If you are going to handle 5 by 6 round bales, you need at least 75 hp. If you are going to do front end loader work in the snow, 4wd drive and cab would be better. Check weights of tractor and don't get one too light.
Sorry for long post.
Some tractors have the hydraulic clutch pack controlled by an electric switch. Really neat!

KEH

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Rod F.

06-16-2005 19:38:55
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Re: Re: Zetor Tractors in reply to KEH, 06-15-2005 16:39:13  
Hi KEH,
I would be curious to know what model of Zetor you have, and how many hours are now on the tractor. Zetor's were certainly heavy tractors; can't take that from them. That's not to say I haven't seen them with broken bellhousings. The one I saw was a loader tractor, but the broken housing may have been the exception. The biggest problem I've seen with Zetor's was the engine. Of the dozen or so that I know of in my immediate area, there is only perhaps one that hasn't had a complete rebuild by 5000 hours. My comments stem from a long line of dissapointed owners. Since you seem to have had a better experience, I would be interested to know which model, etc. Take care.

Rod

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KEH

06-17-2005 15:28:23
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Re: Re: Re: Zetor Tractors in reply to Rod F., 06-16-2005 19:38:55  
Rod F,
Zetor is a 7711, made 1993. I got it because I was looking for a cab-air tractor, mostly because Spring hay crop gives allergies. I found this one hard to turn down because it had low hours(1250), loader, was shed kept, and maintained by a retired ag engineer. It how has about 1450 hrs. I haven't done anything more challenging to the engine than pull a round hay baler(Vermeer 505 I) No lengthy disking, but that is due to change. Engine cranks in cold weather. No glow plugs or manifold heater. It has a hand pump on the injector which you are supposed to give a few strokes in cold weather. I had to use it once or twice last winter, admittedly SC is not Minnesota, so it wasn't a real test.
PTO issues: I discussed this type of mechanical pto, and I have used this type of pto in a Long tractor(Fiat design) since I bought it new in 1980. Never yet had problems with pto. This system used in older Kubotas. It seems to be a reliable system, but I agree the Zetor system of controls was not well thought out. Mainly the pto clutch lever is pointed the wrong way, toward back of tractor. New Zetors have the lever toward the front. I got around the problem by taking the cover off so I could reach the catch on the lever with my forefinger. Advantage with this system, whichever tractor it is on: It has positive engagement so if you need to rock the flywheel to clear a slug in a square baler you can do so. A hydraulic clutch pack has gradual engagement so you can't do this. I would like to try one, though. Wven better, one with electric switch.
The biggest problem with this tractor(which has been changed on new models) was with the brakes. It has hydraulic slave cylinders and I had to have them rebuilt. Not a joyful experience. It seems a lot of foreign tractors have poor brakes. No excuse for it, IMO.
3ph system simple, rugged, no problems with it.
Transmisson has no problems. However, none of the gears are synchronized(I think this is changed in new ones) and I am used to top two gears in the Long and in an old Kubota I have being synchronized. I was surprised when I found that a cousins 4000 Ford was not sychronized, and shocked when I found that his JD2950 4wd was not sychronized. No excuse IMO.
Interesting thing about the engine. It has a centrifugal oil filter that you take apart and clean the crud out of when changing oil. Seems to work.
Hope this helps.
KEH

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bjr23

06-15-2005 07:18:49
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Re: Zetor Tractors in reply to Charles Mahoney, 06-14-2005 10:11:03  
I've only got 100 hrs so far on my jinma 35 hp. I couldn't afford the JD. The little chinese tractor has proven pretty powerful and so far durable. Parts supply hasn't been a problem either, haven't had get many yet. I do my own mechanic work and it was a crate tractor and got to put it together myself. This post is not to start another color war only to say I've had good luck with the Jinma tractor. bjr23

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Walter Squires

06-14-2005 13:18:14
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Re: Zetor Tractors in reply to Charles Mahoney, 06-14-2005 10:11:03  
Here in southwest Missouri there was an influx of Zetor and Belerus tractors 1n the mid 90's but now you would be hard pressed to find around here, they were not a good tractor to start with plus no service, parts or dealer support.

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hay

06-14-2005 12:28:18
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Re: Zetor Tractors in reply to Charles Mahoney, 06-14-2005 10:11:03  
not real popular in se texas, however they might be elsewhere. my main concern would be parts availability and dealer support/service. "The sweetness of cheap prices is forgotton sooner than the bitterness of poor quality". i figger it's kinda of like buying at walmart. they have what you want, but the quality is not very good.

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Rod F.

06-14-2005 11:21:45
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Re: Zetor Tractors in reply to Charles Mahoney, 06-14-2005 10:11:03  
I've never seen one that was anything but trouble, however, some people swear by them as cheap useable power. Although, some of the same people would sooner have a better tractor if the price was the same too. In my humble opinion, both Zetor and Belarus are fit for one application.....a boat anchor. If I'm the only person of that opinion, so be it. Best of luck.

Rod

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Tx Jim

06-15-2005 04:15:28
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Re: Re: Zetor Tractors in reply to Rod F., 06-14-2005 11:21:45  
Ditto on boat anchor for both brands.The Zetor I tried to demo a new baler yrs ago really impressed me as JUNK when you had to move 2 levers to engage pto and if you moved one wrong you disconnected hyd's.I don't think you can keep a Belarus cool down here in summer.Tx Jim

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kevanos

10-10-2005 12:17:04
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Re: Re: Re: Zetor Tractors in reply to Tx Jim, 06-15-2005 04:15:28  
Zetor was NOT purchased by John Deere, and Zetor dealers are not going away. Zetor built some tractors for John Deere for the European and perhaps the Mexican market from 1993-1998. In 2002, HTC Holdings purchased Zetor and embarked on a plan to improve quality and design. The new Proximma series looks to be pretty good. I've seen good reviews in European publications.
http://www.zetor.cz/

The C-Series is built in South Korea by Kukje, which also builds the Branson tractors and some John Deere. http://www.kukje21.co.kr/

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