Review By : Ron on Sep 22 2007 12:00AM
Price Paid : $8,200.00
Years of Use : New Owner (0-1 Year)
Implements : Came with Loader, have rear carry all and blade
Purchased From : Private
Strengths Value - it is hard to beat this tractor for capability for the dollar. Weight. Heaviest 19 hp tractor I know of. 50% heavier than a JD or kubota of this class. Nice low gears for pushing int piles without slipping the clutch or digging ground. Strong 3pt lift capacity. narrow (4ft bucket covers the tires, nice for making trails in the flower garden and woods). To correct a previous review that commented that the synchronizer on the forward reverse shuttle doesn't work well - There is no synchronizer for the shuttle. If you know this when you buy the tractor then you wont be dissappointed by how it works. The 4 on the floor are synchronized and work very well for shifting on the fly, just as well as my stick shift truck. The synchonized gears combined with a foot throttle allow you to control speed very well. I really like the transmission. It's not a hydro, it's not a power reverser, it now a synchro reverser, but if you know what it is it works exactly as it should. Good ground clearance (~12 inches)
Weaknesses The loader is weaker than I expected it to be. Although rated at 1600 pounds at break out (850 full life at pin) it does not life as much as the rear 3 pt. rated at 1300 @ 24 inches behind the link ends. I calculated that it should have 1200 pounds of break out at the bucket cutting edge. It may be less than that. I often can lift something with the rear forks that I can't lift with the bucket as I should be able to, but the difference seems more than 100 pounds. But no problem lifting a bucket full of gravel. Only have problems when trying to move boulders.
Overall Great small tractor. I've had it for 6 months and put 60 hours on it. It does everything one could expect a tractor of this size to do. Much less expensive than JD, Kubota, or New Holland of the same capability, and more capable than most other 19 hp tractors. If you go by size, not HP, it's about the size of most 25 hp tractors. With proper technique, it can pop the ball of an 8 inch diameter tree out of the ground in about 2 minutes (tree type and soil will be a factor here). Works great for grading dirt with at 6 foot blade. Has no problem towing a 7,000 pound trailer with 1,200 pounds of tung weight (although I wouldn't try much of a hill without breaks on the trailer). Dug out a driveway, no problem after the ground thawed. Forget it if it's not thawed.
Parts : Performance : 9
Ease of Use : 6 Financing :
Reliability : Overall : 8