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· The Mythical $5,000 Tractor

· Companies Building Tractors

· Who is Yanmar/Zen-Noh?

· John Deere vs. Yanmar Side by Side

· Where are they now?

 


 The Mythical $5,000 Tractor

   

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Dear friend.

How would you like to buy my slightly used, low hour tractor for just $5000? Yes, you could go to your local dealership and pay $65,000 for a new one, but why do that when I will ship mine to you for free? I really have no need for it anymore, it was used by our local church relief organization for disaster cleanup and we have no need for it anymore. Just send me the $5000 to my address here in South Africa and I’ll have my shipping company get the tractor right over to you.


Your friend.
Steve Smith.

Ever get a message like this? I hope not. I write this article with humility knowing that I, an intelligent college graduate with a degree in computer science once was conned into sending $350 to the Ukraine for a professional video camera that I coveted. After all, an orphanage there had used it to make a promotional video and had no need for it anymore. I am sure you are none too surprised to hear that I never received it.

Used tractor scams are all over the Internet. It took only a minute to find the one from eBay pictured above. You can check eBay or Craigslist and find a half dozen new fraudulent listings from that afternoon alone. We all wish we could own the 125Hp, Power Shift monster for the cost of a garden tractor. Sadly that’s simply not possible.


A few red flags to look for.

Priced well below its market value.
Free Shipping! (It would cost approx $3000 to move this machine coast to coast)
Poor English, misspelled words.
Listed on multiple websites, with differing information.
Payments via western union.
Pressure and a rush to make the transaction before an auction ends.
Payments to a location other than where a machine is located.
Forwarding money from the seller to someone else for shipping or other services.

Ways to protect yourself.

Research the seller. Double check names, phone numbers, addresses against the phone directory. Call and talk to the person on the phone.
If possible, make a trip to see the physical machine you are considering purchasing. After all, a picture will never tell you if it’s mechanically sound.
You can search dealership inventory across the country using sites like equipmentlocator.com. These sites do not take public listings so scammers have a harder time getting on the site.
If possible, use a service like PayPal or a credit card that provide insurance on the transaction.
If an offer sounds highly suspicious or too good to be true, it probably is.

 

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 Companies Building Tractors

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Throughout the 90’s and early 2000’s the compact tractor market grew at a consistent rate of nearly 10% a year. Today that market drives the sales of nearly a quarter million units a year. Years ago, before such growth only a handful of compact tractors where offered by Kubota and the major agricultural equipment companies. During the mid 90’s Kubota’s B and BX series tractors started finding a broader market, soon after Deere and New Holland started following suit with equipment tailored directly to the small acreage owner. Much like the automotive market, international companies saw an opportunity and several have tried to get a foothold in the American market place. Today choices abound and it’s difficult to know exactly what it is that you’re buying. The following companies are all players in the compact tractor market, they are listed in an approximation of their market dominance.

I. KUBOTA
Kubota Corp was established in Japan in 1890 and moved into the US Marketplace in 1969. Kubota’s success came by establishing a market in the US for small tractors which at the time where only really popular on smaller Japanese farms. Since their inception Kubota has gown into the largest vender of compact tractors in the United States and offers the broadest range of products. Most estimates put Kubota’s share of the compact tractor market at over 50%, however those numbers fluctuate and vary depending on the exact horsepower class. Kubota has roughly 1,050 dealers spread throughout the U.S. Kubota’s biggest strength is that they engineer and manufacturer their own tractors and a majority of their implements. This leads to a better product synergy and cost control.

Georgia

Kohler/Kubota

Hydrogear

Georgia

Kohler/Kubota

Kubota

Georgia

Kohler/Kubota

Kubota

Georgia

Kubota

Kubota

Japan

Kubota

Kubota

Japan

Kubota

Kubota

Japan

Kubota

Kubota

     

Loaders

Kubota

 

Backhoes

Kubota

 
 

Snow Equipment

RAD (Canada)

 


II. JOHN DEERE
John Deere is an  American company countries that was founded in 1837. Today they are an international company with a presence in nearly 160 different countries. Their strongest asset has been the strength of their brand and dealer network. John Deere is a nearly a household name and always a consideration when shopping for tractors.  Their compact tractor range is assembled in Georgia, and built in cooperation with Yanmar (Japan). There are approximately 1400 John Deere dealers of varying sizes, not all carry the full equipment line.

 

Kohler/Kawaski

Hydrogear

Georgia

Yanmar

JD/Yanmar

Georgia

Deere (Mexico)

Yanmar

Georgia

Yanmar

Yanmar

India/USA

Deere

Deere

Loaders

Deere

 

Backhoes

Deere

 
 

Snow

RAD (Canada)

 


III. CNH  (CASE / NEW HOLLAND)
Case IH and New Holland are linked under CNH, a merger which was formed in 1999.  CNH itself is owned by Fiat. The compact products offered by the two companies are almost identical with only minor differences. While selling the same product, the company competes with itself and sells Case and New Holland tractors with different pricing and different incentive programs.  CNH is a huge company raking as the world's third largest manufacturer of agricultural equipment, and the seventh largest manufacturer of construction equipment. New Holland utilizes Shibaura tractors and components to manufacture the Boomer Series.

Georgia

Shibaura

Shibaura

Georgia

Shibaura

Shibaura

Georgia

Shibaura

Shibaura

Loaders

ALO

 

Backhoes

New Holland

 
 

Snow Equipment

RAD

 


IV. MAHINDRA
Mahindra is a huge Indian corporation whose main business is automobiles. Their skill in the tractor business came from a relationship with Case back in the 60’s. The underlying 1960’s Case IH tractor is still sold today under Mahindra’s name. Mahindra has roughly 200 dealers in the United States and has been in the country since 1994. They have seen most of their success in the southern states and Texas and do have a noticeable market presence there. Mahindra biggest strength is their parent company and the pocketbook behind the tractor business. Mahindra does draw some fire as their testing procedures and specifications are not consistent across all the products that are outsourced.

Georgia

Mahindra

Mahindra

Georgia

TYM (Korea)

TYM (Korea)

Georgia

Mitsubishi (Japan)

Mitsubishi (Japan)

Georgia

Mahindra

Mahindra

Georgia

Mahindra

Mahindra

Loaders

Varied

 

Backhoes

Bradco

 
 

Snow

N/A

 


V.AGCO  (AGCO / MASSEY FERGUSON / CHALLENGER)
AGCO was founded in 1990 when it started a spree of acquisitions. Today AGCO owns 18 industry companies including Duetz, Challenger, and Massy Ferguson. AGCO works with Iseki to manufacture and assemble tractors for many of their brands. You will find many similarities between tractors sold by this family of companies. AGCO products are sold in 140 countries through a vast network of dealers. The American ST Series is manufactured in cooperation with Iseki (Japan).



VI.KIOTI
Kioti tractors are manufactured by Daedong in Korea and sold by Kioti-USA, a subsidy of Daedong Industrial. While no firm figures are available, Daedong appears to be the smallest of the tractor manufacturing companies. Kioti has seen a fair amount of growth recently by introducing their CK series which is a more modern tractor. Kioti has roughly 250 dealers in the USA.



North Carolina

Daedong

Daedong

North Carolina

Daedong

Daedong

Loaders

Koyker

 

Backhoes

?

 
 

Snow Equipment

N/A

 


VII.TYM (TYM / SCORPION / ALLMAND / some MAHINDRA)
TYM was initially established in 1960, and is currently headquartered in Seoul, Korea.  TYM-USA is the distribution organization for TYM tractors in the United States.  The company has been supplying tractors to the US market since 1999.  TYM-USA currently has 2 offices, one on each coast.  TYM-USA has three warehouses in the USA to support sales and parts.  In January of 2006, they plan to expand marketing and sales efforts across the entire United States.  TYM has many distribution agreements in place to promote tractor sales in the United States.  Branding relationships include Mahindra, Allmand, and Scorpion.  In the Western U.S., TYM distributes direct to its dealers.  In the Eastern U.S., TYM distribution is managed by Decker and Co., and is marketed as the "Scorpion" brand. TYM has announced in a recent newsletter that the TYM brand will soon be available across the United States.  In the new arrangement, TYM-USA will distribute TYM tractors west of the Rockies, and TYM-America will distribute TYM tractor east of the Rockies.  The two are not affiliated, according to the TYM-America website.  TYM has a distribution network of approximately 200 dealers in the United States.

 

VIII. MONTANA
Montana is a newer brand of compact tractor launched in 2004.  The company is owned by J.B Hunt of J.B. Hunt Trucking, Charlie Goforth of Bargo Engineering, and Dan Downing of Downing and Associates.  Montana currently sources compact tractors manufactured by LG in South Korea.  Final assembly is in Springdale, Arkansas.  The Montana group also has interests in Farmtrac. Montana is based in Arkansas, where they have an assembly plant.  They have purchased land in North Carolina to build an Eastern distribution center. Recently Montana has been expanding its product line by rebadging zero turn mowers and other products.  Montana has approximately 300 dealers.

 

IX.OTHER MANUFACTURERS / DISTRIBUTORS

TAFE:
TAFE is an Indian manufacturer of tractors similar to Mahindra.  It is a very large organization; however, its compact line of tractors is relatively small.  In addition to some compact models that are manufactured in India, TAFE also partners with LG to produce others. 
 
BRANSON/CENTURY:
Branson and Century tractors are manufactured by Kukje, a Korean manufacturing organization.  Market penetration in the US is limited by a very small dealer network and unstable distribution.
 
LENAR: 
Lenar tractors are manufactured by Jiangling in China. Currently, Lenar has a very limited distribution system in the United States. They are looking for dealers to motivate sales, assemble the tractors, and prepare units for delivery.
 
SAME/DEUTZ-FAHR: 
SAME/Deutz-Fahr is a Western European manufacturing corporation.  They manufacture and import a very small range of premium compact tractors.  The company also manufactures compact tractors for Lamborghini and Hurlimann.  The different brands are identical excepting color. 
 
ALLMAND:
Allmand is predominantly a manufacturer of light construction equipment.  They offer one model of compact tractor in the US to complement their line-up.  These units are manufactured in cooperation with TYM.
 
ARGO (LANDINI / MCCORMICK)
Argo is an Italian tractor manufacturer.  Argo manufactures tractor models that are distributed through the Landini brand.  McCormick also brands Argo tractors to offer their compact line. 

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 Who is Yanmar/Zen-Noh?

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Who Is Yanmar / Zennoh
While a lot of people are not familiar with Yanmar, this Japanese tractor manufacturer has a long and impressive history. Yanmar has been building engines since 1912 and designed their own first diesel engine in 1930. The tractor manufacturing division was founded in 1961. They have produced over 10 million diesel engine products and have sales of over 1.4 billion per year. This is why companies like John Deere have chosen Yanmar to build their compact/utility tractors and supply engines for other equipment. Yanmar builds many John Deere tractors for Deere. Yanmar builds the new McCormick line of small tractors. Yanmar also builds many of the best generator engines and yard machine engines available and make many of the best large sailing vessel diesel engines as well. Yanmar is well respected throughout the world.

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Background
Since about the early 70s, most tractors under 50 HP have been made in Japan. Kubota is probably the most popular Japanese brand tractor by name as being Japanese built and sold in America. Shibaura in Japan has been building most of the compacts under 40 HP for Ford/New-Holland for years. Many of the John Deeres are complete Yanmar Tractors or share Engines/Components and have serial plates stating made in Japan. John Deere had bought over 100,000 Yanmar tractors by the mid-80s, and continues to have many of their tractors made by Yanmar.

Zen-noh is a large "Wal-Mart-like" chain store that bought many Yanmar tractors to sell in their discount stores. As a result of their volume of Yanmar tractors bought, their name is put on the Yanmar tractors instead of the standard Yanmar name. As a result you may see some Yanmar tractors (especially the YM2000 models which are Japan's largest-selling tractor) with Zennoh in lieu of Yanmar, but those tractors are identical to the Yanmar version.

What are "Gray Market" Tractors?
"Gray Market" tractors were made for use in Japan and since 1986 normally do not have some of the safety features required by the US. Japan does not require some of the safety shields and rollover protection that US tractors require. Instead they rely on operators to know how to safely operate their tractors and do not mandate that tractors be "idiot-proof". Once these tractors have been imported into the US as used and refurbished those safety rollover protections are added.

Gray Market tractors feature a multi-speed PTO that allows users to operate both common US version 540 and hi-speed 1000-RPM implements (such as pumps or generators) on their tractors. US tractors typically have only the 540-speed PTO. Gray Market tractors are rated by PTO horsepower instead of the engine horsepower like US tractors. The first two numbers of all Yanmar tractor series numbers (i.e YM2000) show the PTO rating instead of engine. To find the equivalent engine horsepower rating of a gray market tractor multiply the first two numbers of the series number by 1.2 (one-point-two). In the case of the YM2000, multiply 20 by 1.2 to get the 24-HP rating for this tractor. Actual horsepower is slightly above that rating, but this is a good estimate of horsepower rating and takes into effect the horsepower that is lost in turning transmission gears, etc.

Yanmar Identification
All Yanmar "YM" and "F" series tractors are diesel engine powered. "F" series Yanmars are the latest version of their tractors and have enhanced features that many new tractors have. If “D” follows the series number it indicates a "4-Wheel" drive tractor.

Rumors
Many rumors and stories are told to scare prospective customers into buying a much more expensive tractor. Here are some of the more common stories told:

Rumor: A domestic brand tractor is easier to get parts for and work on.
FACT: Most tractors from all manufactures now less than 90 HP have been supplied from Japan or other counties. Parts are imported the same for these tractors, but have a higher markup. Service is the same for a John Deere as it is a Yanmar or Kubota.

Rumor: You cannot use standard implements with a Japanese tractor.
FACT: All of the Yanmar Tractors we sell are compatible with any implement sold at any implement supplier.

Rumor: Japanese tractors power take off (PTO) spins the wrong direction.
FACT: All of the Yanmar tractors we sell have a standard PTO compatible with all category 1 implements.

Rumor: Japanese tractors power take off (PTO) spins at the wrong speed.
FACT: All of the Yanmar tractors we sell have at least a 3 speed PTO. Speed 1 is compatible with all US category 1 implements and speeds1, 2 & 3 can be used with imported implements and other accessories i.e. generators or pumps.

Rumor: Parts are not available.
FACT: As with any manufactures tractors some models are harder to get parts for. We only sell the most common models with the best parts availability. If not in stock parts are available 2-3 days via UPS from us or many different suppliers.

Rumor: Import tractors come from rice fields.
FACT: Tractors in Japan are used for many different purposes just like here in the USA. Some of the used imports come from rice fields, these tractors typically need additional refurbishing as you will find more rust due to the humid operating environment. They are used in 4-6 inches of water.

Rumor: Imported Tractors are unsafe
FACT: All tractors have the same safety equipment up till about 1985 that is when the USA began to recommend roll over protection. All tractors made prior to that date are the same.

Rumor: A $20,000 John D will mow your grass better

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 John Deere vs. Yanmar Side by Side

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Yanmar
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Where are They Now?
Used tractors are everywhere, but not all brands are still being made. Here is a list of defunct brands and their last known dates of manufacture.

  • Allis-Chalmers - 1985. Now a division of AGCO Corp.
  • Bolens-Iseki - 1988. Bolens now manufactured by Troy-Bilt.
  • Case-IH - 1999. Case now a subsidiary of New Holland.
  • David Brown - 1971. Sold as Case/David Brown until 1985.
  • Deutz-Allis - 1991. Deutz is now a division of AGCO Corp.
  • Deutz-Fahr - 1985.  D-F merged with SAME Group in 1977.
  • Ford-New Holland - 1996. New Holland is now a subsidiary of Fiat.
  • Hesston-Fiat - 1991. Hesston is now a division of AGCO Corp.
  • IH-Farmall - 1985. Now a division of Case Corp.
  • Minneapolis-Moline - 1974. Assets purchased by White, a division of AGCO Corp.
  • Mitsubishi-Satoh - 1988. Mitsubishi is the OEM for pre-1995 Case compacts < 30HP
    Oliver-Cockshutt
    - 1975.
  • Speedex - 1995. Assets purchased by Trans Tech International.
  • Yanmar - 1989. OEM for John Deere compacts < 40HP and the current OEM for Cub Cadet.