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    Default King Kutter vs Chinese Tillers

    Agrisupply had three rototiller brands: Ceroni (Italian), King Kutter and Chinese. Upon close inspection the KK and Chinese looked exactly the same except for the stand and color. Either the Chinese is an imitation KK or the same unit with red paint and a different stand. The bolts on the Chinese were unpainted, meaning the parts were painted before assembly, whereas the KK had everything painted after assembly. The KK could be the Chinese unit just painted yellow with a new stand. MY buddy thought they were identical so he bought the Chinese one and saved $400. We will keep you posted on how it works out.

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    Keep us posted.

    I personally would never recommend anyone ever buy a chinese built tiller over the KK though.

    China tends to 'copy' good brands of things, but they use inferior parts and they tend to break easily.

    Another thing about chinese products, beside the total lack of any quality control, is the fact that when the chinese change a design...........there are never any more parts made for the old design.

    Basically, you are screwed on the chinese made implements.
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    For a while, TSC carried Dark Horse tillers. Painted black or dark gray. Obvious KKII knock offs. The welds looked bad, and the gearbox was a scary looking thing. After a few months, TSC stopped carrying them and went back to selling what I think is their contracted Tarter Gate/County Line tillers. When it comes to saving $400 by buying Chinese vs KKII, I'm with Don.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Don87 View Post
    Keep us posted.

    I personally would never recommend anyone ever buy a chinese built tiller over the KK though.

    China tends to 'copy' good brands of things, but they use inferior parts and they tend to break easily.

    Another thing about chinese products, beside the total lack of any quality control, is the fact that when the chinese change a design...........there are never any more parts made for the old design.

    Basically, you are screwed on the chinese made implements.


    It's sad but many American brand names we have come to respect have opted for making easy money by manufacturing in China or other cheap poorly paid labor countries. I have the Italian made tiller and it is a well built and dependable.

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    Good luck with the purchase. I hope it works out well.

    I usually don't like to buy the knock offs, but my mother was just in China, little did I know she picked up a knock off Rolex for me while she was there. This thing is identical, in looks, but the gears and stuff, all different. It winds really loud and when it's quiet you can hear it tick, can't in a real Rolex, and it won't last near as long, but I saved about $20,000 from getting a real one.

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    Unless they have changed KK's are made in Ala. My brother bought one and it by far was the best built, heaviest tiller I have been around. A well built product made in the USA is enough for me. The extra $400 would be money well spent.
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    Here is my theory, and I want to be proven wrong!
    If you look real close at this large picture:
    http://www.kodiakmfg.com/products/Ko...ry_Tillers.pdf
    It looks exactly like the Chinese tiller at Agrisupply. It seems Kodiak, King Kutter, and the TSC tillers are all Chinese tillers painted and rebranded. Not one of these tillers says "MADE IN USA" on it. Now here is the good part: All these tillers have a great reputation and they perform very well! But lets not fool ourselves that we are buying US made products. OK, please prove me wrong, so we can buy a real MADE IN USA tiller!

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    Not going to start a war over this. My brother's KK tiller had Made in USA all over it.

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    My neighbor has a Branson dealership and also sold Jinma tractors and some Chinese tillers. He had alot come back with the tops of the gear boxes broken out. I think they are KK clones.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dougg View Post
    Here is my theory, and I want to be proven wrong!
    If you look real close at this large picture:
    http://www.kodiakmfg.com/products/Ko...ry_Tillers.pdf
    It looks exactly like the Chinese tiller at Agrisupply. It seems Kodiak, King Kutter, and the TSC tillers are all Chinese tillers painted and rebranded. Not one of these tillers says "MADE IN USA" on it. Now here is the good part: All these tillers have a great reputation and they perform very well! But lets not fool ourselves that we are buying US made products. OK, please prove me wrong, so we can buy a real MADE IN USA tiller!
    Why do you posts up some pics of the chinese tiller that you saw and the one your buddy purchased. I get e-mails all the time from factories in China that want me to purchase their products. Also, I got distributors here in the US that do bring them in wanting me to sell them and if your buddy only saved $400.00 Well....

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