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Chinese tractors...what's the scoop?
Posted by D.L. on May 10, 2002 at 22:32:36 from (188.8.131.52):
I'm new here and to tractors in general (looking to purchase my first one). I currently only have 5 acres to hog and an 800 foot long gravel driveway to maintain, however I expect to be handling 30+ acres in about 3 years when I retire from the Air Force and head to Pennsylvania, so I want to buy something now that will be up to the job once I do move.
I've been shopping around for used tractors and doing tons of reading on the net. Frankly, at this point, I'm considering buying a new tractor as used ones seem to be gold plated here in this part of Texas (near San Antonio). A fairly beat up Ford Jubilee goes for about $5000+ here. Even 8N's are close to $4000. Thus, I have turned my eye to something else. Currently I am interested in the Mahindra tractors. They seem to be well made, heavy and have decent features for the price. I'm considering a 4110 model with a loader and shredder, but not really sure I need a loader. If not, then the 2WD 4500 model and shredder.
I have also looked at the Chinese made tractors on the net. Of course, anyone loyal to the big name U.S. tractors tell me I'm crazy and to "buy American"...and this is where I am having a problem. Seems from all I have read that nearly all 40HP and under tractors these days are made in China, Korea or Japan and imported and decaled under the big names.
Everyone touts parts and service as a problem, but I don't understand. If the tractors are the same, only in a funky color and some weird name I can't read stuck on it, then it's the same, right? I read that John Deere has some small tractors with Yanmar engines, or Massey Ferguson has some korean engine, etc. Surely if these guys can get and have parts, then I can get those parts for the same engine, eh?
Anyone have any good or bad stories about the Chinese tractors? Thoughts, opinions? I'm still leaning toward the Mahindra, primarily because of cost. It's either a 40HP Mahindra, or a lesser powered "U.S." brand. I'm looking to spend in the $14,000 range.