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Kioti CK30S Review Posted by Brad on 06/18/2014

I live on a hillside on a narrow lot with cross fencing. I originally had a JD 1151, but found that I was constantly fighting the steering and shifting gears (MT), so I stepped up to a new 4WD power steering HST model and picked the Kioti for price. And also because the guys there were the only ones around here who really seemed interested in taking care of me and my tractor.

This tractor has plenty of power for rough mowing and tilling. The bucket is respectable, in fact I think this 30 could just about do everything the JD @ 55 could do. If you need to sling around round bales, though, you have to go up a class---probably 80 hp. min.

The HST has 3 ranges, but because of the slope I can realistically use only 2 ranges. I first tried the CK20S for about a week, but it only has 2 speeds of which I could only use the lower range, so it was WAY too slow (if you're not on a hillside, though, definitely try it out).

The 30 is tough to shift, and I do find I have to shift a lot still because of changes in slope. Basically if there was a way to have separate forward/reverse shifters, that would be perfect. I could put the forward speed in low and keep the reverse in medium for most of the work. I do still need that extra-low reverse speed for certain areas, though.

Oh yeah, 2WD is useless, I slip on my driveway in 2WD.

I have had issues with batteries discharging, possibly my fault, but I'd keep an eye on that and see if others are reporting it as well.

The bucket operates fast and I like the quick-change. I wish it had extra hydraulic connections for running some of those skid-steer attachments though. I would love to have a finishing mower as well, but realistically the 30 is too big. If that 20 had 3 HST ranges that probably would have been the perfect fit. Stupid hills!

Oh yeah, I filled the tires, so that might be why, but this thing feels tippy when going cross hill. The 1151 was very tall and narrow, yet I know I went on much more severe "leans" without feeling unstable.

With the 30, even areas that I would drive my truck along without a second thought, it just feels like it's going to tip. Maybe it really is a lot more narrow than it seems. Or maybe it's the fluid in the tires (industrial - turf tires would definitely spin on these hills, and I had Ag tires on the JD and it would occasionally bite into the lawn, so I picked industrial.)

Model year: 2011 Date Purchased: 08/15/2011 Number of Hours: 165
Pros: Unbeatable value, versatile, great support team. Cons: Difficult shifting, feels tippy. Type of User: Homeowner 1-10 Acres Location: Canada Outside of the U.S. I also considered buying: John Deere 2320, New Holland Boomer 20, Kubota BX2370
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