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Jinma JM-284 Review



Overall Rating:
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 3.00
Build Quality:
3
Features:
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2
Performance:
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3
Value:
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4
Reliability:
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3


If Harbor Freight Sold Tractors Posted by Jim Schlaegel on 01/05/2012

Overall, the Jinma "crate tractor" from China is an overall economical way the purchase a fairly reliable tractor for incidental usage. The basic "quality control" and materials used would be what you would find in a tool from Harbor Freight, if they sold tractors.

The basic 1960's technology used in the tractor makes it fairly reliable and easy to work on. I've actually spent more hours on a Kubota, which costs twice a much, but for some things, I actually prefer the Jinma.

Front Loader works well for most things, but lacks precision control and power. Basic frame, transmission, and engine seem like good quality, but anything attached to it [hoses, electrical, etc.] are poor quality and will fail.

Some mods needed from the start to make it more usable and reliable, but they are pretty well documented online. Hydraulic suction filter is a joke, and a better filter system should be installed when fairly new.

Shuttle drive was not recommended when I bought this one, but it would be nice if they have all the kinks worked out yet.

You get what you pay for, and knowing that when I bought it, I can't complain too much about the poor quality items that I find on it. It gets the job done without breaking the bank.

ITEM INFORMATION
Model year: 2005 Date Purchased: 10/08/2004 Number of Hours: 310
REVIEWER'S ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Pros: 3-pt system better than the Kubota. Fairly durable for the price. Cons: If it has a wire attached to it, it will fail. Worst electrical system and parts quality that I've ever seen. Even the turnsignal bulbs are non-standard and really cheap. Hard starting, compared to instant starting of a Kubota. Type of User: Homeowner 1-10 Acres Location: United States California I also considered buying:
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