This Kioti frame cracked at 1146 hrs. My wife and I use this as a diesel powered wheel barrow and landscape machine around the house. This is not used as a commercial landscape machine!
I am pissed. Around 600 hrs. the eyes on hyd. cylinder between the boom cylinder and dipperstick cylinder let go. My dealer said to just take the cylinder off and bring it up and he would take one off a machine he had in stock. It was easier for me to just weld it up myself. I am a master mechanic heavy equipment.
The next problem was my wife walking around the corner with the clutch pedal in hand. The weld had let go. So I welded that up. At 990 hrs., the injector pump gears let go. I had that rebuilt for $250 instead of paying $1,200 for a new pump from the dealer. I had been out dragging trees for firewood when the frame cracked in half. I have a KB2475 backhoe and while standing the machine up on the backhoe supported by the loader, the whole machine cracked in half!
I work on heavy equipment for a living. Cat and Komatsu equipment do not crack in half do not do this when you do the same thing! The casting is the weak link, it was just under the steering wheel where the casting has the smallest diameter. Make sure you compare this to whatever other machine you consider!